Category: Organization
Published Date Written by General Affair Unit
NIAH Buildings in 1986
since 1986

» Accreditation

  • OIE Ref. Lab [FMD & Brucellosis]
  • ISO/IEC 17025:2005
  • ISO 9001:2008
  • Thailand Public Service Awards 2011
  • Department of Livestock Development Quality Awards 2012 (Customer & Stakeholder Focus)


» Vision
NIAH is the core laboratory for animal health in Thailand at international standard, and to be animal health center in South East Asia Region.

» Function

  • Conducting studies and research on economically important diseases of animal health issues including zoonotic diseases, exotic diseases and biologic substances for animal
  • Providing diagnostic services of animal diseases, including reagent production or pilot study of biological product for detection and prevention of the diseases
  • Developing laboratory quality assurance system for diagnostic services and functioning as a reference laboratory for animal disease diagnosis
  • Examination of contaminated microorganism in animal product
  • Studying, conserving and utilizing the biodiversities of microbes and parasites in animal
  • Developing epidemiological and laboratory (center) information network both at national and international level
  • Providing consultancy, advice and technology transfer on animal diseases afflicting animal health, zoonotic diseases and exotic diseases


» Background

The fifth National Economic and Social Development Plan (1982-1986) stressed the important of increasing agricultural productivity. The Department of Livestock Development (DLD), Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC), Thailand, Which is responsible for livestock productivity, emphasizes animal health and production, and therefore planned to establish a national institute provided with high technology and modern equipment which could conduct research and diagnostic activities on animal diseases. A request for technical cooperation as was grant-aid to accomplish this objective was submitted through the government of Thailand to the government of Japan by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

» Brief of NIAH's History

  • 1934 : To establish the Animal Disease unit in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture.

  • 1938 : To establish the Animal Therapeutic Division and Animal Science Division.

  • 1947 : To establish the Veterinary Research Division from unifying Animal Disease unit and Animal Science Division which the division located at Department of Livestock Development on Phayathai road, Bangkok presently.

  • 1981 : The government of Thailand requested that the government of Japan provide a grant-aid and technical cooperation for the establishment of NIAH. The agreement on technical cooperation between the governments was signed on November 5, 1981.

  • 1984-1986 : The government of Japan approved the construction of an institute in 21 rai (33,600 sq.m.) area of Kasetsart university, Bangkhen campus, Bangkok under its JICA grant-aid program. A basic design study was undertaken from September 1984 to March 1985. On October 25, 1985 Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn graciously presided over the presentation of the building and its equipment. The total value was 2,357 million yen or about 400 million baht. The ceremony took place on September 29, 1986 after the 16 month construction period was completed. In October 1986, Veterinary Research Division moved from the premises the Department of Livestock Development on Phayathai road to set at new buildings where it has performed work since then.

  • 1987 : On January 6, 1987 Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn graciously presided over the grand opening of the building. The date was the 6th of January to be commemorated as the anniversary of the institute. The government of Japan provided financial aid to the institute, established the Foot and Mouth Disease Center in Nakhornratchasima, to train "The Diagnosis Technology and Control Measures for Major Livestock Disease Course" for the Thailand participants and the Asian country participants such as Laos P.D.R., Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China P.D.R., Mongolia etc. Based on the agreement on the program, a total of 15-18 scholarship were to be provided annually for the course. Moreover, set training courses and educated Thai counterparts for the dissertation Ph.D. in Japan.

» JICA supporting & Project director/Manager

  • Dispatch of Japanese experts : A total of 57 Japanese experts consisting of 24 long-term and 33 short-term experts, had been dispatched in this project period (1986-1993). Most experts had effectively contributed to progress of the project. Advice and guidance provided by Japanese experts to Thai counterparts had enabled them to plan and implement research and investigation activities by themselves in respective areas.

  • Japanese side team leader

    Phase I (1986-1993) :
    1986 - 1987 Dr. Tamotsu ITO
    1988 - 1989 Dr. Chuzo USHIMI
    1990 - 1993 Dr. Tetsuo KUMAGAI
    Phase II (1993-1999) :
    1993 - 1999 Dr. Suzumu FURUICHI

    1987 - 1987 Mr. Hiroshi MATOBA
    1988 - 1991 Mr. Yoshihiro SIMIZU
    1991 - 1993 Ms. Yoshiko TANIGUCHI

    Thai side project leader
    1986 - 1988 Dr. Tim BHANNASIRI
    1988 - 1990 Dr. Vitoon KUMNIRDPETCH
    1990 - 1996 Dr. Tweesackdi SESAWEECH
    1996 - 1999 Dr. Suwit PHOBLAPH

    Project Manager
    1986 - 1987 Dr. Saman PHIPHITKUN
    1987 - 1987 Dr. Kukait SUWANNALAK
    1987 - 1990 M.R.Dr. Amnuayporn KASHEMSANT
    1990 - 1991 Dr. Ubon SRISOMBOON
    1991 - 1995 Dr. Vichitr SUKHAPESNA
    1995 - 1995 Dr. Somchai SRIHAKIM
    1995 - 1999 Dr. Urasri TANTASWADI

  • Thai counterpart training in Japan : A total of 44 Thai counterpart personnel had been continuously trained in Japan since the beginning of the project.
  • Equipment and materials : Under the technical cooperation project, the provision of laboratory equipment, materials, local expenses and special programs for the period from 1986 to 1993 were amounted 560.3 million yen by the Government of Japan. Most of the equipment and materials were procured by JICA, some of them were carried by JICA's experts. The local expenses were mainly to facilitate the activities of JICA's experts and counterparts such as laboratory materials, small equipment and so on. Special programs include modification and repair of building, seminar, training course and publication for extension activities. Land, building and facilities necessary for implementation of the project were provided by the Government of Thailand with the support of Japanese grant-aid. The project has maintained the condition of buildings and facilities under the condition of buildings and facilities under the allotted Thai local budget. Development and improvement : The project had been able to create significant impact on the building of the NIAH and on the improvement of fundamental laboratory techniques for research and investigation activities of animal health during the initial 5 years (1987-1991). Development of diagnostic techniques : The standard diagnostic techniques were developed and used for diagnostic purpose such as electron microscope were introduced to enhance efficiently confirmation of disease diagnosis, development of analytical methods of feedstuffs, feed additives and toxic substances (concentration of aflatoxin, minerals) and vitamins can be determined. Biochemical analysis of feedstuff can be made routinely, development of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for aflatoxin B1 detection in cattle and buffalo serum was firstly undertaken for diagnostic activity in Thailand, Comparative determination of aflatoxin B1 in animals feed were quantitated by using densitometer, high pressure liquid chromatograhy and ELISA. The recoveries were much higher for the ELISA compared with HPLC and densitometer., development of biologics for routine diagnosis, development of pilot vaccine such as Swine Fever vaccine (use cell culture), Goose parvovirus vaccine, Mandarin duck parvovirus vaccine, development of animal disease diagnosis standards such as ELISA, PCR, HA-HI, FA, development of test kit for residual detection in animal feed, etc.

  • MoU ::: Thailand & Japan
    1. Collaboration between Department of Livestock Development, Thailand and National Institute of Animal Health, National Agriculture and Bio-Oriented Research Organization, Japan ::: Avian Influenza & Swine influenza, Zoonotic Diseases Collaboration Center (ZDCC) Project, 2015

    2. Technical Collaboration between Department of Livestock Development, Thailand and National Institute of Animal Health, National Agricultute and Food Research Organization, Japan ::: Thailand - Japan Joint Conference (TJJC), 2012

    3. Research and scientific collaboration between Department of Livestock Development (DLD) and Committee of Asia Project, Consortium of Japanese Veterinary Medicinal Products (CJVM) ::: Bovine respiratory system diseases, 2013-2016

    4. Research and scientific Collaboration between National Institute of Animal Health, Thailand, The Center for Animal Disease Control (CADIC), University of Miyazaki, Japan ::: 2014

    5. Development of technologies for preventing invasion and spread of transboundary animal infectious diseases ::: swine fever, Porcine reproductive and respiratory sysdrome & Pocine circovirus, 2017

  • MoU ::: Thailand & Korea
    1. Scientific collaboration between Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine And Inspection Agency (QIA), Korea and National Institute of Animal Health, Thailand for the joint research project on the Molecular Epidemiological Analysis of Brucella Species from a variety of Animals and application on Diagnostics for Brucella canis in Thailand ::: Brucellosis, 2013

    2. Research collaboration between Animal, Plant and Fisheries Quarantine And Inspection Agency (QIA), Korea and National Institute of Animal Health, Thailand for the joint research project on the molecular epidemiological analysis of bovine leukosis virus isolate and evaluation of BLV antibody detection kits ::: 2013-2016

  • MoU ::: Thailand & Chinese Taipei
    1. Development of Diagnostic Test Kits and Laboratory Diagnostic Techniques for Importance Swine Viral Disease under Thailand-Taiwan Agriculture Cooperation ::: Swine Fever Vaccine, 2013

  • MoU ::: Thailand & France
    1. OIE Laboratory Twinning Programme: Brucellosis, 2009

  • MoU ::: Thailand & Australia
    1. OIE Laboratory Twinning Project on New and Emerging Diseases Emerging Infectious Diseases)between Thai-NIAH and Australian Animal Health Laboratory, World Organization for Animal Health ::: Zoonosis, 2014

  • MoU ::: Thailand & USA.
    1. Research collaboration between Immuno-serology section, National Institute of Animal Health, Thailand and the Armed Forces Research ::: Q Fever, 2014


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