Institute of Virology and Immunology IVI

The Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) is Switzerland’s reference laboratory for the diagnosis, monitoring and research of highly infectious epizootic diseases, including viral zoonoses (infectious diseases that are transmissible between animals and humans). The IVI is also responsible for the approval and monitoring of animal vaccines and immune sera for use in veterinary medicine. As part of a cooperation agreement with the Vetsuisse faculty of the University of Bern, the IVI is also responsible for teaching and research in the fields of virology and immunology.
The IVI reports to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).


Detail from AEC cultures of Rhesus macaque infected with SARS-CoV-2. The antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 are shown in green.

In vitro Zoo helps in understanding Sars-CoV-2

A team of researchers from the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IFIK) at the University of Bern and the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) have used a unique collection of advanced cell culture models of cells lining the airways from various domesticated and wildlife animals to determine which animals are susceptibly to SARS-CoV-2 infection.


One Health

How does research on a porcine coronavirus help us to understand SARS-CoV-2?

Volker Thiel, researcher at the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) and professor at the University of Bern, performs research on coronaviruses in the veterinary field for several years. In the video interview , he explains how findings from his research on the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus can help in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.

Contact IVI

Institute of Virology and Immunology IVI
Sensemattstrasse 293
3147 Mittelhäusern, Switzerland

Phone +41 (0)58 469 92 11
Fax +41 (0)58 469 92 22

In focus

The diagnosis of the Institute of Virology and Immunology IVI is at both locations, depending on the animal disease exists.

The research activities are an important basis for the control of animal diseases and zoonoses and for education and training.

Vaccines and immune sera are biological products and serve the prophylaxis of infectious diseases.

In cooperation with Vetsuisse Faculty