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We belong to the VISAVET Research Centre from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). We work in research and teaching on animal infectious diseases.

  • El principal objetivo de VACDIVA es resolver el problema de la Peste Porcina Africana (PPA) en Europa y en los países afectados, desarrollando vacunas seguras y efectivas para cerdos domésticos y jabalíes, tests de diagnóstico y herramientas para estrategias de control y erradicación en Europa
  • Somos Laboratorio de Referencia de la Organización Mundial de la Sanidad Animal (OIE) en Peste Porcina Africana (PPA) y Peste Equina Africana PEA.
  • Realizamos el diagnóstico de los principales virus que afectan a las abejas, siendo pioneros en el desarrollo y puesta a punto de nuevas técnicas para su estudio.
  • La investigación epidemiologica de la Peste Porcina Clásica y Africana (PPC y PPA) son dos de nuestras prioridades.
  • En SUAT trabajamos en la aplicación de la termografía a la sanidad animal, especialmente ventajosa en animales en libertad y de zoo.

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Marina Vicente Rubiano PhD Thesis

Tesis Doctoral de Consuelo Rubio Guerri

On tuesday January 26 Marina Vicente Rubiano defend her Doctoral Thesis entitled "Virological and Epidemiological analysis of Colony Collapse Disorder in Spain. Marina Vicente RubianoStudy of causes and consequences”, directed by Joaquín Goyache, Deborah Kukielka and Jose Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno.

PhD abstract

The Sardinian Government renews the Eradication of African Swine Fever agreement with the UCM

El Gobierno de Cerdeña renueva el convenio de erradicación de  Peste Porcina Africana  con la UCMThe Government of Sardinia has renewed the agreement initiated in 2014 for a further year; The project, that began in December 2015 and carried out by the research group SUAT - VISAVET directed by Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, consists in developing a new, and expected to be definitive, eradication plan for ASF, in which the principal objective of the SUAT group is to advise the Government of Sardinia and its authorities scientifically and technically.

Consuelo Rubio Guerri PhD defense

Consuelo Rubio Guerri read her PhD Thesis entitled "Detección, prevalencia y epidemiología molecular de virus en cetáceos del Mediterráneo" on 16 October 2015, obtaining the highest qualification cum laude.

The SUAT group gives you the most sincere congratulations

Defensa de Tesis de Consuelo Rubio Guerri Detección, prevalencia y epidemiología molecular de virus en cetáceos del Mediterráneo

International Fund for Agricultural Development new project

CEIGRAM VISAVETA team of researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), through their research centers, CEIGRAM and VISAVET respectively, under the umbrella of the Moncloa Campus of International Excellence (Moncloa Campus), collaborate in a project for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) entitled "Assessment of Agricultural Informational Information Risk Management Systems (ARM-IS) in the following African Countries: Cape Verde, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal and Uganda. "

The aim of the project is briefly summarized:

The purpose of this study is to investigate the availability and quality of information for agricultural risk management purposes in a set of African countries. The approach will be holistic, covering all sources of risks in agriculture, in particular risks from weather and climate, production, prices and markets, plant, animal and human health and policy. The study will cover information at different levels of aggregation: from information at individual farm or household level to information at country level.

Information is the key input for any risk management activity. Without appropriate information farmers cannot identify their main risks and select the appropriate tools to manage them, and governments cannot design their agricultural policies and respond to risks with preparedness. Lack of reliable information also discourage private sector investments or the cost to protect them is so high that the final product is not affordable for smallholders. Weak information systems will lead to wrong investments and ARM decisions.

The main focus of the informational assessment will be on the existence and timely access to information about agricultural risks in each country. The information on risks takes the form of measurements of variability over time in the main variables affecting production and markets, or the frequency and damage caused by shocks. It can also take the form of early warning information of major events or changes in trend. Most of the underlying information required to develop these risk related indicators is also useful for many purposes beyond risk management. Information Systems will be useful for agricultural risk management purposes to the extent that they provide information about variability overtime, shocks or changes in trend, or, at least, they allow to estimate them.

OIE/IVSA student competition 2015


Animal welfare is a complex subject with scientific, ethical, economic, cultural and political dimensions.

Today, animal producers are increasingly taking animal welfare into account and some have come to see it as a characteristic of quality of their products. Consumers’ concern in animal welfare is also constantly growing. Therefore this topic is becoming more and more central in the preoccupations of veterinarians, nowadays as well as in the upcoming years.

As a future representative of the veterinary profession, you will need to prove your leadership in this area.


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Great success for ESVV2015 – EPIZONE!

More than 400 persons from 49 countries attended this international congress, held in Montpellier from 31 August to 3 September.

293 abstracts were submitted from which 9 keynotes lectures, 111 oral presentations and 157 poster exhibitions were accepted.
Ten travel grants and four poster awards were offered to young scientists.

The programme and organization have promoted excellent scientific exchanges in a good atmosphere. The gala dinner was also a great moment.

ESVV and EPIZONE also did their general assembly and executive committees. A new ESVV board was elected: Emmanuel Albina (President), Marisa Arias (Secretary), Hans Nauwynck (Tresurer), Thomas Mettenleiter, Norbert Nowotny and Tamas Petrovic.

The next ESVV meeting will be held in Vienna in 2018 and should be again combined with an annual EPIZONE meeting.

Pictures of the event
ESVV 2015 website

José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaíno interview 

Emmanuel Albina interview 

Wim van der Poel interview