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Viro Vet Diagnostik (VVD)

In this chapter you may find general information about staff, news and projects of the Viro Vet Diagnostik laboratory.

How to find us

Schubertstraße 81, 35392 Gießen

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Since 1996 the Institute for Virology provided diagnostic services for Institutes and Hospitals of the Faculty for Veterinary Medicine as well as for veterinarians, public charities and companies from all over the world. Since 2015 diagnostic tests are performed by the Viro Vet Diagnostik Ltd. (managing director Prof. Dr. F. Weber).

The analyses offered are accredited by the German Accredidation Body (Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle DAkkS) and cover a wide spectrum of companion and livestock animals’ viruses (see Range of offered tests). Focuses of the lab diagnostics are antibody titer determinations, e.g. against Rabies virus (see Rabies antibody test) and virus detection. Besides the routine diagnostics we are performing various research projects. Our diagnostic tests are constantly validated and improved.

Staff members

Laboratory management

NamePhone (0641/99-)E-Mail
Prof. Dr. Friedemann Weber
university professor for virology, head of laboratory
Dr. Matthias König
veterinarian, deputy head of laboratory


Scientific staff members

NamePhone (0641/99-)E-Mail
Dr. Christine Förster
Dr. Sibylle Herzog
Susanne Schmid
Dr. Christina Schichowski


Technical assistents

NamePhone (0641/99-)
Kerstin Göbler
technical assistent
Sylvaine Jacobi
technical assistent

Svenja Wiese

technical assistent



Telefone / Office

NamePhone (0641/99-)
Petra Fodouop Kouam




NamePhone (0641/99-)E-Mail
Bettina Castro-Alvarez

Quality management

From May 2007 until April 2015 the Diagnostic Laboratory was accreditated acording to DIN EN ISO 17025 as a veterinary test laboratory in the area of virology. From May 2007 until May 2012 the accreditation included DIN EN ISO 15189 for testing of antibodies against rabies vius and borna disease virus in humans. Since April 2015 the tests are perfomed by the Viro Vet Diagnostik (ltd)

Viro Vet Diagnostik (ltd) is accredited acording to Din EN ISO/IEC 17025:2018 (s. supplement to the accreditation certificate)

The Viro Vet Diagnostik (ltd) Company has a quality assurance (QA) system in place to ensure the reliability of our diagnostic test. All tests are performed according to standard operating procedures. Tests are validated and all relevant parameters constantly recorded and evaluated. Taking part in external quality assurance measures like proficiency tests is another key aspect of our quality policy. The objectives of our QA system are:

  • ensurance of customer satisfaction
  • compliance with the requirements of standards and legal requirements
  • transparency
  • identification and removal of weak points
  • using rationalisation opportunities

We strive to improve our service portfolio in accordance to the requirements of our customers. New developments like emerging or re-emerging pathogens are taken into account.

We are aware of the potential far-reaching consequences of our test results and have obligated ourselves to the principles of our quality policy, to compliance with the ISO 17025 standard, good practice and constant improvement.

Processing of complaints is an essential aspect of our communication with our customers and the improvement of our work. If you have complaints please do not hesitate to contact us under +49 641 99 38363 Mo to Fr from 9:00 to 16:30. Your complaints will be processed quickly and properly.


In addition to technical expertise and experience, the implementation of our services is based on trust, especially towards our customers. Ensuring the impartiality of VIRO VET DIAGNOSTIK is therefore of particular importance.

The management of VIRO VET DIAGNOSTIK and all employees are committed to impartiality in all decisions and evaluations.

Through transparency and inclusion of all parties involved (customers, VIRO VET DIAGNOSTIK employees and other parties), conflicts of interest are identified, analyzed and documented if necessary. In addition, measures to minimize risks with regard to the threat to impartiality are derived and implemented. In particular, internal and external factors are considered that jeopardize impartiality, e.g. personal or economic risks.



As a result of the SARS-2 CoVD pandemic, postal traffic with many countries is restricted or suspended. Certificates are therefore mostly sent by email. Please inform yourself about ways to get a certificate sent to you.

Detection of SARS-CoV2 in pets

We have set up a test for SARS_CoV2 RNA in samples from pets. We can test swabs (nasal- or pharyngeal swabs), blood samples (EDTA blood), faeces and organ samples.


Due to the SARS-CoV2 pandemic, operations at Justus-Liebig-University are severely restricted. Viro Vet Diagnostics is currently not affected. We ensure patient care in the field of veterinary medicine. However, there may be problems or delays in sample transmission and sending reports. We will inform you as soon as there are new developments.

Changes in rabies certificates

Subsequent changes in rabies certificates are generally not possible. Exceptions exist in the following cases:

  • transmission errors by our laboratory,
  • uncritical changes as a result of e.g. turners of numbers or missing individual digits, after written confirmation by the sender (veterinarian),
  • changes to non-critical data (e.g. name of the animal).

The changes are identified in the certificate.

Owner Data in Rabies Certificates

The EU Data Protection Regulation requires us to refrain from unnecessary processing of personal data. Information on the pet owner is not required in rabies certificates, as the unique data refer exclusively to the respective animal (in particular the transponder number).

We will therefore refrain from the automatic entry of owner data in the certificates with immediate effect.

The validity of the certificates is not affected by this measure. Even with a change of ownership, the certificates remain valid.

Infection of dogs with bocavirus

Canine bocaparvovirus 2 (CaBoV-2) is a member of the virus family parvoviridae but distinct from the classical canine parvovirus (CPV-2). The name "Boca" originates from the first two members of the genus namely bovine parvovirus and canine minute virus also known as canine parvovirus -1. Bocaviruses play an important role in human medicine in combination with respiratory illness in children.

Few years ago a new member (CaBoV-2) of the bocaparvovirus group was discovered in dogs with respiratory illness. The role of CaBoV-2 in canine disease is not absolutely clear since the virus was also detected in healthy animals. Recently CaBoV-2 was detected in puppies that suffered from a lethal enteric infection (1). The demonstration of the viral genome in cells of the gastrointestinal tract and lymphoid tissues pointed towards an etiological role of the virus. In another recent case CaBoV was detected in two 4 week old pubs with acute diarrhoea and vomitus (2).

Standard diagnostic methods for detection of canine parvovirus do not cross react with bocaparvovirus. Therefore we have developed a specific PCR for CaBoV. Using the new assay we were able to show CaBoV-2 in a number of cases with classical parvovirus symptoms but negative test results for CPV-2.



(1) Bodewes R, Lapp S, Hahn K, Habierski A, Förster C, König M, Wohlsein P, Osterhaus AD, Baumgärtner W. Novel canine bocavirus strain associated with severe enteritis in a dog litter. Vet Microbiol. 2014 Nov 7;174(1-2):1-8

(2) Rudolf S, Neiger R, König M. Bocavirus-Nachweis bei 4 Wochen alten Welpen mit akutem Durchfall. Tierarztl Prax Ausg K Kleintiere Heimtiere. 2016 Apr 18;44(2):118-22.


Scientific projects/ publications


  • What is the price for the rabies antibody test?

The price for one sample is EUR 41.60 (excl. German VAT) or EUR 49.50 (incl. German VAT).

  • How can I pay for the test?

Payment can be made by bank transfer or in cash (together with the sample). Payment can also bemade using PayPal. At the moment we cannot offer direct credit card payment. Please note for customers outside Germany we will sent a prepayment request.

  • What kind of material is required for the rabies antibody test?

For the test a minimum of 0.5ml serum has to be send in. Serum is prepared from whole blood sampled without coagulation inhibitors by centrifugation. Serum is stable at room temperature for few days. Cooling on the transport is generally not required.

  • How long does it take to test antibodies against rabies?

We perform the test twice a week (Monday and Wednesday). Samples have to be at the lab before 12:00 am. The test takes 48h until it can be read.

  • How do I get the rabies certificates?

We send original certificates by priority mail. We cannot offer to order carrier services. If you like your certificate to be picked up by a carrier you will have to arrange this yourself. However we can sent a copy (only b/w) by mail or fax for your information.

Data Protection Directive

Viro Vet Diagnostics (UG) Data Protection Directive


Viro Vet Diagnostics (VVD) respects the privacy of customers and visitors who use our services and visit our websites. Personal data are treated strictly confidential and secure.


Under the EU general data protection regulation (GDPR), we are required to inform you about what information we collect from you, how we use or disclose it, and how we protect it. The information also tells you what rights you have in terms of data protection. Please read this policy carefully and contact us at the following addresses or numbers if you have questions about the content or concerns about the use of your information:


Responsible for the data processing is:


Prof. Dr. F. Weber

Schubertstr. 81

35392 Giessen



Telefon: 0049 641 99 38350

Fax: 0049 641 99 38359


Nature and purpose of the collected data

The data processing is based on legal requirements in order to fulfil the examination contract between you and the VVD and the associated obligations. For this we process data, in particular the health data of the patient from whom a sample originates. These include name and age, sex, vaccination status, (if necessary labeling), medical history, examination results and diagnoses. The collection of the data mentioned before is a prerequisite for the performance of medically meaningfull laboratory diagnostic tests.

Furthermore, we store data that are required for the transmission of the test reports and certificates as well as invoicing. These include name, address, telephone / fax number, e-mail address and account details of the sender (medical doctor / veterinarian); name, address, telephone / fax number, e-mail address and account data of the patient / patient owner (for billing to the patient / patient owner and for the production of certificates (rabies antibody test)). Data that are not required to process tests and invoicing will not be stored by us.


Data collected via the website of VVD

When you access our websites, essential access data is stored. Depending on the access protocol used, the log record contains information with the following contents:

  • IP address of the requesting computer
  • Date and time of the request
  • desired access method / function from the requesting computer
  • data transmitted by the requesting computer
  • Access status of the web server (file transfer, file not found, command not executed, etc.)
  • Name of the requested file

Non-anonymized data is used solely for the purpose of identifying and tracking inadmissible attempts to access and access the web server. The logged data are stored for a period of two months and then deleted. There is no user-related statistical evaluation.

Access data are evaluated in anonymized form for statistical purposes. In this case, the IP address of the requesting computer is rendered unrecognizable, so that an identification of users for statistical purposes is not possible.

The information offered by VVD uses cookies and Javascript. More information and web statistics can be found in the privacy policy of UNI-Giessen.


Use of the information provided

VVD will only use your personal information to respond to your inquiries about our services, to fulfil our obligations to you regarding tests or contracts to be performed, to process payments in connection with tests or contracts, or for internal purposes, e.g. statistical evaluations made with non-personally identifiable data.


Transfer of data

We only transfer personal data to third parties if this is permitted or required by law or if you have consented. Reasons for the transfer of personal data are:

  • notification of infectious diseases in accordance with the Animal Health Act or Infection Protection Act,
  • confirmation of the test results to entry points and other authorities,
  • transmission for the purpose of billing to our tax office and, where appropriate, other persons, e.g. to process online payments.

In individual cases, we may transmit data to other authorized recipients.


Data storage

We will only store your personal information for as long as necessary to conduct the tests or contracts. Due to legal requirements, we are obliged to keep these data for at least 10 years after completion of the investigation.

Your rights and choices


The right of access

You may contact us to get confirmation as to whether or not we are processing your personal data.

The right to be informed

You have the right to receive information about the data concerning you including health data.

The right to rectification

The GDPR includes a right for individuals to have inaccurate or incomplete personal data rectified or completed.

 The right to erasure

You have the right to have your personal data erased from our systems if the personal data are no longer necessary for the related purposes.

The right to restrict processing

You have the right to request the restriction or suppression of processing your personal data.

The right to data portability

You have the right to obtain and reuse your personal for your own purposes across different services.

The right to object

The processing of your data is based on legal regulations. Only in exceptional cases we need your consent. In these cases, you have the right to revoke your consent for future processing.

You also have the right to complain to the relevant data protection supervisory authority if you believe that the processing of your personal data is unlawful.

The address of the supervisory authority responsible for us is:

Der Hessische Datenschutzbeauftragte

Postfach 31 63

65021 Wiesbaden


Gustav-Stresemann-Ring 1

65189 Wiesbaden

Telefon: 06 11/140 80

Telefax: 06 11/14 08-900 oder 901


Data security

We use physical, technical and procedural safeguards to prevent the unauthorized access, destruction, use, alteration or disclosure of personal information. Our employees are required to handle your data in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

We are obliged to report violations of the provisions of data protection to the supervisory authority (see above).


Regardless of the precautions taken, there is no "absolute security". We cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you submit to us; threfore you transmit sensitive information at your own risk.


Changes to our privacy policy

Changes to privacy laws or regulations may require an amendment to this policy. In that case, we will promptly inform our customers of changes to this Privacy Policy, e.g. via links on our homepage.