Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), formerly Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), is an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

APHA is one of the largest research establishments of its kind in the world and is internationally recognized as a centre of scientific excellence. The Agency has a rich scientific history dating back over 100 years and has contributed to many of the milestone in the veterinary landscape over the last century. It is an International Reference Laboratory for OIE, FAO, EU for many important diseases, examples of that include: OIE Reference Lab for Avian Influenza, Brucellosis, NDV, Equine Viral Arteritis, Contagious Equine Metritis; FAO Reference Lab for Avian Influenza, Brucellosis, and Poultry Diseases;  EU Reference Lab for Avian Influenza.

To enhance its scientific activity APHA has developed commercial products and services and makes them available to scientists around the world. These services are brought together under APHA Scientific.

Biological Reagents:  Over many years, APHA has developed a wide range of specialist veterinary diagnostic reagents and test kits for effective, reliable testing.  The reagents are manufactured in a dedicated reagent production unit certified to ISO 9001 and many of them are currently used by national and international reference laboratories.  Reagents include antisera, antigens, monoclonal antibodies and various diagnostic kits.

VETQAS Proficiency Testing:  VETQAS is the APHA’s independent, accredited proficiency testing service.  They offer a wide range of schemes principally directed towards farm animals and equine species.  There are also schemes for companion animals and fish diseases.  VETQAS is the international market leader in proficiency testing for veterinary laboratories and works to the ISO 17043 standard.

Please see product brochures below for Reagents and Proficiency testing.