Challenge experiments are designed to evaluate the performance of vaccines and pharmaceuticals, effects of health feeds and genetic resistance profiles against infectious agents. VESO Vikan’s R&D focus is to develop and maintain reliable and clinically relevant challenge models for pathogens affecting global aquaculture, especially salmonids. VESO Vikan’s highly qualified and experienced staff works in close collaboration with research institutions and the aquaculture industry. We subcontract expertise and services on behalf of our customers when necessary to ensure full width documentation of test products, and to ensure full compliance with formal test requirements. We are happy to develop new models and standards in collaboration with our clients.
VESO Vikan is certified according to GLP (Good Laboratory Practice) and holds a manufacturing license for medicinal products according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) requirements. Trials in the laboratory and field can be performed according to GCP (Good Clinical Practice). We also offer monitoring services for trials run according to GCP at independent trial locations.
VESO Vikan is a state-of-the-art non-recirculation trial unit lab with advanced registration and surveillance systems. The research facility consists of a wet lab with separate isolates and holding tanks from 5 to 13 000 liters. The tank design can be customized to accom-modate research needs, including individual light and feeding regimes, salinity and temperature. The research facility has two fresh water sources and sea water is drawn from depths down to 60 meters outside the facility. The salinity of the fjord water is ~33 ‰. Incoming water is filtered and UV-treated prior to admittance to the test area. Effluent water is filtered and disinfected with sodium hypochlorite and ozone before release to the recipient.
VESO Vikan holds two salmon farming licenses for research purposes. The licenses enable trial conduct under commercial farming conditions throughout the salmon life cycle from hatching to harvest. The key application for this composite trial system is to enable evaluation of efficacy and side effects of vaccines and pharmaceuticals in a real-life environment, and to facilitate clinical validation of our laboratory challenge models. Trials are routinely conducted according to GCP (Good Clinical Practice).
Atlantic salmon for trials are produced at VESO Vikan’s hatchery. The hatchery is certified according to GLOBALG.A.P. standards. Production of our own test fish ensures quality in every step from egg to seaworthy smolts. The hatchery produces Atlantic salmon all year round and our fish are certified pathogen free before being used in trials.
The scientific staff at VESO Vikan comprises fish health biologists, veterinarians and university graduates (Msc or PhD). The technical staff is educated in aquaculture. All employees are trained to conduct trials according to the principles of GLP (Good Laboratory Practice).
The VESO Organisation
VESO (Centre of Veterinary Contract Research and Commercial Services Ltd) was established in 1988. VESO consists of VESO Pharmacy (distribution of vaccines and pharmaceuticals to the aquaculture industry), VESO Hygiene (high quality cleaning and disinfection agents for all segments in aquaculture
and agriculture), VESO Vikan Research Facility, VESO Chile Research Facility and
Brynsløkken (antifouling products).