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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Niort Laboratory

Address : 60, rue du Pied-de-Fond, BP 3081 79012 Niort

Phone : +33 (0)5 49 79 61 28

Manager : Jaquemine Vialard

The laboratory employs 20 people and is located in Poitou-Charentes, the largest goat milk producing area in France. It benefits from financial support from the Regional Council, and its 700 m2 premises include a laboratory and animal experimentation station. The laboratory works closely with industry stakeholders on diseases specific to goats as well as those common to goats, sheep and cattle.

The laboratory’s research themes relate to viral, bacterial and parasitic diseases of ruminants with a high economic impact, such as caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus (CAEV), maedi-visna, paratuberculosis and cryptosporidiosis


It undertakes epidemiological surveillance in the Poitou-Charentes region, through a goat disease observatory and autopsy and diagnosis work for breeders and veterinarians.


  • Its unit for research on retroviruses in ruminants specialises in molecular virology (study of lentiviruses in small ruminants and optimisation of diagnostic tools);
  • Its unit for research on infectious and parasitic diseases in small ruminants focuses on:
    • bacterial diseases (paratuberculosis);
    • epidemiology and control of parasitism (cryptosporidiosis).
The Niort Laboratory is the National Reference Laboratory for caprine arthritis-encephalitis virus, maedi-visna and enzootic bovine leukosis, and Reference Laboratory of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) for retroviruses in small ruminants and paratuberculosis in ruminants. It has been accredited by COFRAC according to the EN 17025 Standard (immunoserology).