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  • Pune is a birthplace of a "Pioneering National Institute" Imperial Bacteriological Laboratory which was established in 1889. The Institute was subsequently shifted to Mukteshwar and renamed as Indian Veterinary Research Institute. This was the only institute in India catering to the needs of veterinary biologicals. Thereafter the Serum Institute was established at Bombay in the year 1947 to meet the needs of the then Bombay State. Initially only three products viz. Hemorrhagic Septicemia, Black Quarter, Goat blood Rinderpest disease vaccines were produced at Bombay. The Ranikhet Disease vaccine was produced in a specially established unit at Pune.
  • The Institute is headed by the Joint Commissioner of Animal Husbandry and assisted by different technical and non-technical staff. The total strength of the staff is 153.
  • All the biologicals are produced as per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940.There are 15 Production Laboratories and 4 main sections.
    • Bacterial Vaccine Section
    • Viral Vaccine Section
    • Small Animal Breeding Center
    • Test and Quality Control Section.
  • The biologicals produced are mainly supplied free of cost to state institutes. Some of the biologicals are sold on cash within the state and outside the state also.
  • The Institute is unique in its type functioning at the state level under Govt. sector, in the production of veterinary biologicals and is headed by Joint Commissioner Animal Husbandry.
  • The institute is presently undergoing overall up gradation as required under Schedule M of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. The bacterial vaccines HS, BQ and ET are also planned to be manufactured by using fermenter technology.