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The Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for delivering federally mandated programs for food inspection, plant and animal health. The Agency relies on high-quality, timely and relevant science as the basis of its program design and regulatory decision-making. Scientific activities inform the Agency's understanding of risks, provide evidence for the development of mitigation measures, and confirm the effectiveness of these measures.

CFIA scientific activities include laboratory testing, research, surveillance, test method development, risk assessments and expert scientific advice. Agency scientists maintain strong partnerships with universities, federal, provincial and international counterparts, as well as industry, in order to effectively carry out the CFIA's mandate.

The Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory

The Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory, located at the Fallowfield campus, is one of five CFIA laboratories across Canada that provides animal health diagnostic and research services and expertise. The campus includes a media laboratory, farm and small animal colony, bioinformatics, as well as biocontainment facilities.

What we do

The scientific and technical staff at the Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory performs a variety of diagnostic tests and procedures for specific diseases in livestock, poultry and wildlife in support of the CFIA's mandate.



Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory is comprised of the following units:


National and international designations

Quality management

All CFIA laboratories have demonstrated conformance to ISO/IEC 17025, General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. The Standards Council of Canada evaluates our laboratories against this international standard, as a formal verification of the CFIA's capability to produce accurate and reliable results, within our accredited scope of testing. The results are supported by the development, validation and implementation of scientific methods, conducted by highly qualified personnel, using reliable products, services, and equipment, in a quality controlled environment. Participation in international proficiency testing programs further demonstrates that our testing is comparable to laboratories across Canada and around the world.

For further information

The Ottawa Animal Health Laboratory
3851 Fallowfield Road
Ottawa, ON K2H 8P9

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