The Irish Equine Centre is delighted to announce that it was the proud winner of Agricultural Laboratory of the Year 2016 at the annual Irish Laboratory Awards dinner last night in Dublin.
The IEC fought off some stiff competition and it was fantastic to win in the first year of entering the awards competition. In particular, the judging panel recognised the unique role performed by the IEC in protecting the health of the Irish horse population. The judges also acknowledged the vital work undertaken by the IEC, not just the performance of routine diagnostics and commercial laboratory testing, but in the management of disease outbreaks in the Irish horse population.
The award comes at the end of very successful 12 months for the IEC. In June 2015 it was designated an OIE Reference Laboratory for Equine Herpes Virus having gained the same accolade for Equine Influenza in 2009. The IEC remains the only OIE Reference Laboratory in Ireland. And in recognition of the need for the IEC to expand its services and expertise, the new Nutritional Analysis service was launched in early 2016 and has proved extremely successful.
Chief Executive Sarah McNicholas commented “The award is a significant recognition of the hard working and highly skilled team of professionals at the IEC - who work to ensure equine and animal health is continually maintained and improved. The veterinary and scientific expertise at the IEC is world-class and there for every owner, breeder, trainer and farmer to utilise and benefit from.”
The IEC would like to offer congratulations to all of the other winners and nominees last night and looks forward to defending the title next year!