Central Military Vet Lab


The role of CMVL is to carry out diagnostic and investigational work related to disease control, health of Army animals and matters related to veterinary public health. Central Military Veterinary Laboratory, the only unit of its kind in the Indian Army, has a glorious history of 59 years. The laboratory has developed infrastructure and competence at par with other research labs in the country.


Prior to Second World War there was only one diagnostic Veterinary laboratory in the Indian Army, viz: Indian Military Veterinary Laboratory (IMVL) located at Lahore. Due to long line of communication and frequent outbreaks of diseases in Army Equines in India and Burma in the early years of the war, three Field Veterinary Laboratories (FVLs) i.e. No 1,2 and 3 FVLs, were raised at Lahore, on 22 Sep 1944, for quicker diagnosis and control of diseases. No 1 FVL, the forerunner of CMVL was deployed in Assam, 2 FVL in South India and 3 FVL was kept as reserve at Lahore (which was later disbanded in 1946). 1 and 2 FVL did commendable job during the war. After the war, No 1 FVL moved to Babugarh in Dec 1945 and then to Lucknow in Dec 1946 and No 2 FVL moved from Tuticorin to Pune. After partition No 1 and 2 FVLs were redesignated as No 1 and 2 Command Veterinary Laboratories respectively. No 1 Command Vet Laboratory, ex Pune, was redesigned as Central Military Veterinary Laboratory (CMVL) on 15 Aug 1956. CMVL then moved to Meerut Cantt in its permanent location on 16 Dec 1972.


The mission of the laboratory is to provide quick, accurate & reliable Disease Diagnostic Support to Animal Holding Units of Army using National & International Standards as per IS/ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

To match up with its mandate and entrusted responsibilities, the laboratory is relentlessly engaged in updating its diagnostic panorama and diagnostic facilities. The efficiency and credibility of the laboratory is echoed in its recognition as national referral laboratory for many infectious and contagious diseases such as Glanders, Trypanosomiasis, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies and Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) etc. since 1983. More recently, in direct recognition of its competence, diagnostic facilities and expertise in dealing with zoonotic diseases, it was recognized as National referral laboratory for diagnosis of Glanders in humans by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India in Oct 2011.

CMVL has also the unique distinction of being the first and the only Veterinary laboratory in India to be accredited by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) as per international standard IS/ISO 17025: 2005.


Animal Nutrition

Collaborations with National Institutes

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)
Department of Biotechnology (DBT)
Ministry of Science and Technology
Govt of India, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Collaborative Research Projects Completed

Research on epizootic, diagnosis and control of Glanders with a view to eradicate the disease from India.

Equine Viral Encephalitis: Epizootiology and prophylaxis

Cloning, expression and characterization of dog zona pellucida glycoproteins with special reference to control stray-dog population

Molecular Biological Approaches to the Diagnosis of Canine Parvo Virus in Dogs

Molecular Characterization of Equine Herpes Virus-1

PCR-RFLP Based diagnostic assay for Mycobacterial infection in cattle

Vaccine with Dual Efficacy for Fertility Regulation and Protection against Rabies

To evolve Suitable Dog Feed for different categories of Army dogs viz. Pups, Breeding Bitches and Working Dogs

Develop of Molecular Biological Method to Diagnose and Distinguish CAV Type-1 from CAV Type -2

Diagnosis of Tuberculosis in Military Farms by Nested Polymerase Chain Reaction Technology

Development of Molecular Biological Technique for Diagnosis of BHV-1 Virus in Bovine

Semen to Control Abortion among Cattle of Military Dairy Farms

Development of Vaccine for Control of Bovine Tuberculosis

Seroprevalence and Molecular Biological Approach for Diagnosis of Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis in Various Regions of India’

Knowledge On-line

CMVL is an ultramodern laboratory making utmost use of automation and technical functioning is based on customized software developed by the laboratory named ‘Laboratory Information Management System’ (LIMS). It is real-time software operational on Local Area Network (LAN) where lab requisitions are data fed and sent to various lab sections, which perform the testing and generate reports. The software besides automation enhances operational efficiency, reduces paper-work and saves precious manpower.

In addition, CMVL has also launched an interactive website on Army Web for faster dissemination of lab results and technical info to users. The URL of the website is http://cmvl.army.mil. The website can be accessed on any PC having Army intranet. The users can log on to the website and access their lab reports and upload queries. It also carries various important links like CMVL diagnostic panorama, sample collection guidelines, latest technical info/ articles/ newsletter/ scientific literature for download, FAQs, photo gallery and contact info. The website has not only cut down the time lag in communication of lab results but also serves as an interactive platform for sharing of knowledge.