Welcome to Animal Health, your reference Web for 16 years

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

  • Queremos agradeceros todo el apoyo y fidelidad que nos habéis dado durante estos 16 años, estrenando nuevo diseño Web compatible con dispositivos móviles. A partir de septiembre habrá nuevas secciones. Os deseamos un feliz verano!
  • 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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First outbreak of Bluetongue Virus (BTV) in Spain in the period of vector activity 2013-2014

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
October 18th, 2013. SUAT-UCM

On October 15, Veterinary Officers of Andalusia and Castilla -La Mancha have reported the recirculation of BTV serotype 1 in Toledo and BTV serotypes 4 in Cadiz.

The first outbreak of BTV 1 of the vector activity 2013- 2014 has declared on a sentinel farm located in the district of Oropesa (Toledo). The outbreak was detected in unvaccinated bovine of the Bluetongue Surveillance National Program. Confirmation has been carried out by the Algete Central Veterinary Laboratory indicating that it is an outbreak of serotype 1. This fact implies the recurrence of the disease in Spain in 2013 after the last outbreak detected in Caceres in 2012.

Simultaneously, the first outbreak of BTV 4 of vector activity 2013-2014 was reported on a sheep farm located in the region of Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz). The sampling was performed by the appearance of symptoms compatible with the disease. In the same way, confirmation and serotyping of the virus has been carried out by the Algete Central Veterinary Laboratory. In this case the recurrence of the disease has occurred six months after of the last reported outbreak in the same region.

Outbreaks have been declared in the restricted areas of disease for each of the serotypes, but Spanish Government has decided to increase the prevention, surveillance and control measures of the disease in these areas. The aim is prevent the spread of the disease and increase the information epidemiology of the disease in Spain. In addition, the vaccination of susceptible animals in the affected areas and neighboring areas has been recommended.

Links: RASVE

George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor in Global Animal Health

Cornell UniversityCornell University (Ithaca, New York) has appointed Prof. Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino as "2013 George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor in Global Animal Health".

During days 4 to 11 September, the teacher will stay in college to participate with several presentations on Global Animal Health.

All SUAT unit of the Complutense University wants to convey his congratulations on this appointment.

Update (pics of the event):

2013 George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor in Global Animal Health Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino

Prof. C. Poppensiek welcomes to Prof. Sánchez-Vizcaíno

2013 George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor in Global Animal Health Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino

Prof. C. Poppensiek, Prof. A. Torres & Prof. Sánchez-Vizcaíno

2013 George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professor in Global Animal Health Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino

Prof. Carmichael, Prof. Poppensiek, Prof. Kotlikoff (Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University) & Prof. Sánchez-Vizcaíno

Facundo José Linares PhD defense

PhD Facundo José Linares

Last 13th of September Facundo José Linares defended his PhD Thesis: "Desarrollo de un análisis de riesgo de entrada y un modelo de difusión potencial del virus de newcastle en la República Argentina” directed by Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno & Dra. Beatriz Martínez López.

PhD Facundo José LinaresDesarrollo de un análisis de riesgo de entrada y un modelo de difusión potencial del virus de newcastle en la República Argentina PhD Summary

Salón de Actos de la Facultad de Veterinaria (UCM)
12:00 - 13/9/2012

Guo Xiaoyu PhD Thesis

Tesis doctoral de Guo Xiaoyu

     On Monday July 22 at 12:00 in the room's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Xiaoyu Guo defended his PhD thesis entitled "The Study of the adjuvanticity of plasmid-specific swine container containing CpG motif on two swine vaccines," directed by Dr. Jose Manuel Sanchez-Vizcaino and Dr. Zhu Hongfei.

Tesis doctoral de Guo XiaoyuTesis doctoral de Guo Xiaoyu

Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks

     Nacimiento de la agricultura The Secretariat of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) organized this seminar on 25th June in Madrid.

Professor Sanchez-Vizcaino participated with the oral communication "New surveillance based on risk: European projects that will change the history of the prevention and control of diseases".

 PDF Diptych of the seminar (spanish)

World Veterinary Day

The veterinary profession celebrates the 13th World Veterinary Day on 27th April 2013

PWorld Veterinary Dayaris, 26 April 2013 - Tomorrow in many countries around the world, World Veterinary Day (WVD) will be celebrated for its thirteenth year.  On this occasion the veterinary profession highlights its various contributions to the health of both animals and humans, underlining the vital role of veterinarians in also ensuring animal welfare, food safety, food security, safe world trade in animals and animal products as well as protecting public health.

WVD was initiated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 in order to celebrate the veterinary profession annually on the last Saturday of April. The objective is to bring the importance of the Veterinary Profession to the society as well as individuals in focus.

World Veterinary Day activities around the world vary from seminars, workshops, "open doors " activities at clinics, hospitals and veterinary schools, social and media events to inform the general public about the key role played by veterinarians in our daily life. 

In 2008 the WVA and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) agreed on the creation of the World Veterinary Day Award. The aim of this award is to reward the most successful celebration of the veterinary profession. The first WVA-OIE World Veterinary Day Award was given in July 2008 to the Kenya Veterinary Association.

Every year the WVA and OIE are choosing a different theme for the World Veterinary Day Award. The selected theme for World Veterinary Day Award 2013 is Vaccination.

In previous years themes were Antimicrobial Resistance, Rabies, the One Health Concept and the Diversity of the veterinary profession.

The veterinary profession, through effective and efficient Veterinary Services, is crucial to the success of vaccination campaigns in animal health and consequently, in protecting human health from diseases of animal origin.

A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. The term vaccine derives from Edward Jenner's 1796 use of cow pox, to inoculate humans, providing them protection against smallpox.

Today, vaccines are valuable tools to stop the spread of a large number of transmissible diseases that threaten the health and welfare of animals and people. Through well organised campaigns, vaccination contributes to the eradication of diseases from certain areas and even from the world. The use of mass vaccination campaigns also limits, in many situations, recourse to depopulation in case of disease outbreaks.


New protective measures against bluetongue

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno

Order AAA/570/2013 laying down specific measures of protection in relation to bluetongue virus.

New protective measures against bluetongueAfter ARM/3373/2010 Order, which established the cessation of compulsory vaccination against bluetongue from July 2011, the epidemiological evolution of the disease has been considered favorable except for a defined geographic areas in the northern region of Extremadura where has been detected the viral serotype 1. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment has found necessary to re-establish mandatory vaccination against serotype 1 in areas with high risk. The aim of this measure is the final eradication of the disease.

Vaccination against serotype 1 BTV is required in animals of the ovine and bovine spp older than 3 months of age that are located in the following region and municipalities listed in the following table. It is made ​​with inactivated vaccine and prior to 31 July, 2013.

In addition, the competent authority may apply special mandatory vaccination programs in certain farms with high risk for transmission of bluetongue virus. Furthermore, in cases where it is not mandatory vaccination of animals, the holder may choose to vaccinate animals which are found in area restricted.

BOE 13/04/2013
BOE 30/12/2010