NAHDIC was established in 1995 as Central Disease Investigation Laboratory (CDIL) at the beginning. Later in 1997 its mandate was modified to engage it self on research organized under the Ethiopian Agricultural Research Organization (EARO) and this was extended until 2007. However, as of may 2007 the mandate was revised and the now National Animal Health Diagnostic and Investigation Center (NAHDIC) have been nominated to be a national referral and reference laboratory and undertake the following major national and international activities:


  1. Disease Surveillance and Monitoring
  2. Disease Outbreak Investigation and Research
  3. Health Assurance Certification of export and import animals
  4. Laboratory Quality Assurance and Capacity Building
Disease Surveillance and Monitoring

Conduct national surveillances on Transboundary Animal Diseases and document their distribution and magnitude, to be used for disease prevention and control intervention

Disease Outbreak Investigation and Research

Identify the causative agents and forward prevention and control recommendations for disease outbreaks whenever beyond the diagnostic capacity of regional state veterinary laboratories​

Health Assurance Certification of export and import animals

Health assurance certificate are provided not only for exporting animals but also for those animals which are imported from other countries will be provided.

Laboratory Quality Assurance and Capacity Building

The maintenance of a quality management system is crucial to NAHDIC for providing the correct test results every time.

NAHDIC's Laboratory Capacity

To make core activities possible, NAHDIC Owens more than ten quality laboratories that actively function in various disciplines.

  • Four of the laboratories are engaged on the field of microbiology (viral and bacterial serology, one bacteriology, one for cell culture and virus isolation),
  • two for parasitology (protozoology, acarology-entomology-helminthology),
  • one for pathology with its autopsy facilities,
  • one for pharmacology- toxicology,
  • one for molecular diagnosis and one BSL-3 laboratory for the diagnosis of HPAI and other zoonotic diseases.
  • Beside NAHDIC has experimental and laboratory animal facilities to conduct animal health experiment to solve animal health problems.