Animals need to be protected from ravages of infection and disease in order to remain healthy and productive. This protection can be conferred most effectively through vaccination. However, the development of vaccines and the evaluation of their performance require relevant diagnostics. Thus, companies that develop veterinary products find diagnostics useful during product development, validation, and deployment. Diagnostic technologies are recognized as one of the top ten most important biotechnology products likely to improve general human and animal welfare.[2,3] Diagnostics facilitate understanding of the basis of pathology in relation to pathogens and disease dynamics.
Diagnostic testing of animals and their products is conducted for economic, public health, and environmental reasons. Risk assessment is a central element in animal disease management to ascertain their disease or pathogen status. Therefore, keepers of animals benefit from the availability of user-friendly and reliable diagnostics.
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