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State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology

    State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology (SKLVB) is located in Harbin, a famous city in northeast of China. It is the research section of Harbin Veterinary Research Institute (HVRI), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) which was the first research institute in veterinary medicine since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.

Construction of SKLVB facilities started in early 1986 and completed in late 1988, and the facilities started operation on June 1, 1989. Aiming to become an internationally eminent laboratory in veterinary biotechnology, SKLVB has focused on the research of genetic engineering of animal pathogens, cell engineering, molecular biology, and other areas of basic research in veterinary medicine. Throughout 20 years’ development, SKLVB has become a strong and  influential laboratory combining basic research

 with applied research, focusing on the study of animal infectious diseases and zoonosis pathogen genetic variation, pathogenicity and immune mechanisms at the molecular biology level, as well as the development of preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic cell engineering and genetic engineering products.


   SKLVB has seven research divisions: Division of Animal Influenza, Division of Avian Infectious Diseases, Division of Swine Infectious Diseases, Division of Large Animal Diseases, Division of Zoonosis, Division of Bacterial Diseases, and Division of Laboratory Animals Research. SKLVB has 132 staff including 50 senior scientists (20 professors, 30 associated professors), 64 assistant professors, and 10 assistant researchers, among which 77 people with doctors degrees and 43 with masters degrees.

Currently, SKLVB is conducting research on the projects of National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program), National High-tech R&D Program of China (863 Program), National  Key Technologies R&D Program of China, National Natural Science Foundation of China, and international research collaborations. SKLVB has a postdoctoral program for preventive veterinary medicine, along with the doctors and masters degree programs. There 

are 18 PhD program supervisors, 46 master program instructors and more than 200 graduate students. SKLVB is responsible for training a large number of research personnel in veterinary molecular biology, pathogen research, and animal production. These researchers are utilizing their expertise in their careers.

      A total of 167 scientific achievements have been awarded to faculty at SKLVB,  including one first-class prize, three second-class prizes, and two third-class prizes of National Science and Technology Progress Award; two second-class prizes of National Technology Invention Award; one first-class prize, two second-class prizes, and two third-class prizes of Science and Technology 

Progress Award from the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA); two first-class prizes of Heilongjiang Provincial Natural Science Award; seven first-class prizes, five second-class prizes, and four third-class prizes of Heilongjiang Provincial Science and Technology Progress Award; and thirty nine patents. The award for the research on the development and application of inactivated vaccine for H5 subtype avian influenza has made a great contribution to the animal disease control and prevention in China.

   Outreach and Development

    SKLVB is strengthening communications and collaborations with other important domestic research institutions by providing regular academic meetings and exchanges. SKLVB has established the State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology Open Foundation to attract talented researchers. In addition, SKLVB has closely cooperated with industries and businesses to quickly transform the research results to actual products.

      In recent years, SKLVB has established numerous international collaborations through visits, personnel exchanges, and training programs. These activities have strengthened the collaborative relationships with other institutes abroad; brought more opportunities for research collaborations; and raised the SKLVB’s research to a higher level on the veterinary biotechnology and the control and prevention of major animal diseases.


Yanhe Zhang

State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, CASS

427, Maduan Street , Nan gang District Harbin ,150001 P.R.China

Tel+86 18946066049




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