The role of veterinary laboratory system has become dynamic with advent of food safety issues, economic liberalization, and trade globalization. Nepal joined as a WTO member in 2004. Therefore, Nepal follows the guidelines provided by Office International des Epizootics (OIE) for the provision of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) agreement under WTO that seeks scientific procedures and evidence in the course of disease diagnosis as well as production chain. The roles of veterinary diagnostic laboratories are now therefore expanded and challenging in the new context.
Veterinary Laboratory Pokhara focuses program with the objective of securing healthy flocks of animals and birds throughout our working area by mitigating the occurrence of diseases of livestock and poultry. Veterinary Laboratory Pokhara also works on epidemic investigation as well as surveillance and investigation on various diseases in its approved annual program. To achieve these multidimensional activities, Veterinary Laboratory Pokhara works with a series of laboratory test procedures through its various laboratory sections, Pathology, Parasitology, Microbiology, Serology, and Molecular Biology. At present the molecular based diagnosis of PPR and FMD is in routine use.