The laboratory team viewing oocytes of bovine species under the microscope22

National Animal Genetic Evaluation and Testing Centre

National Animal Genetic Evaluation and Testing Centre Unit is located in Entebbe and it consists of infrastructure that houses laboratories (testing units) for both the Regional Gene bank and the National Gene bank.

It has well-equipped hi-tech laboratories that have up to date testing  equipment that are maintained and serviced periodically to ensure continued and proper functionality and well trained competent and motivated personnel who run the specific activities that involve  collecting, handling transporting ,processing ,evaluating, testing  and storage of   both indigenous and imported animal genetics. It also has a well-constructed crush house used for restraining animals during collection of germplasm is embryos. It also has a data management, security and biosecurity/ bio-safety and quality assurance system in place.

Among the germplasm that is collected and tested is semen, embryos, oocytes ovaries, somatic cells, DNA, whole blood samples that are further stored in Liquid Nitrogen at -196oc and in specialized temperature controlled refrigerators to keep them viable for years.

This facility has a well-designed conservation plan of animal genetic diversity through a more rational, complementary and cost-effective way. It involves preserving, storage and ensuring the sustainability and efficient maintenance of important indigenous animal genetic resources /germplasm from local breeds like Ankole long horn, Nganda, Zebu short horn, Mubende Kigezi goats and animal biodiversity for Uganda and the rest of the regional member states.

One of our next agenda is looking forward to doing external quality assessment programs, proficiency testing and accreditation. Accreditation provides a higher level of assurance to those using the laboratory that its testing is reliable and accurate because it includes an evaluation of competency.

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