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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Lina Mur PhD defense

Lina Mur Gil read her PhD Thesis entitled "Development of new strategies for the prevention and control of African swine fever" on Wednesday October 29th, obtaining the highest qualification cum laude.

The SUAT goup gives you the most sincere congratulations!

Tesis Doctoral de Lina Mur Gil


African Swine Fever epidemiology and laboratory transfer from the OIE Reference Laboratory Universidad Complutense de Madrid and China

From left to right: Dr.M.Martinez and Dr.Jinming Li (ASF Epidemiology), Prof. J.M.Sánchez Vizcaíno, and Dr. Li Lin and Dr.E.Nieto (ASF Laboratory). Photo by B.Rivera.The OIE Reference Laboratory for ASF  directed by Prof. J.M. Sánchez-Vizcaíno has received Dr Li Lin and Dr Jinming Li from the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre in Qingdao, P.R. China for a two week training in ASF epidemiology and laboratory techniques. Dr M. Martinez, in charge of the ASF epidemiology programme, will train Dr Jinming Li together with Mr. E. Fernández and Dr I. Iglesias. Dr E. Nieto, in charge of the ASF laboratory programme, will train Dr Li Lin together with Ms. C. Jurado and Ms. B. Rivera. We welcome our Chinese colleagues very warmly and wish them a pleasant and fruitful stay with us!

From left to right: Dr.M.Martinez and Dr.Jinming Li (ASF Epidemiology), Prof. J.M.Sánchez Vizcaíno, and Dr. Li Lin and Dr.E.Nieto (ASF Laboratory). Photo by B.Rivera.

 

Advanced Technologies in Health Surveillance Program

The Community of Madrid has awarded funding for this Program in the area of Agrifood and Biotechnology coordinated by the VISAVET Centre of Complutense University.

The act of granting Programs Activities R & D Technology from 2014 to 2018 was held at the Real Casa de Correos in Madrid on Wednesday, October 22nd and was chaired by the Community of Madrid President, Ignacio Gonzalez, the Education, Youth and Sports Councillor, Mrs. Lucia Figar, and Education, Youth and Sports Deputy Councilor Mrs. Alicia Delibes.

Programa Tecnologías Avanzadas en Vigilancia Sanitaria

The Adavance Technnologies in Health Surveillance (ATHS) programme proposes the application of emerging technologies in the agrifood area to improve the quality and food safety together with the eficiency in agricultural and livestock production, following the recomendations by the FAO, European Union and WHO for next decades. The programme framework covers the whole food chain according to the approach “from the farm to the fork. ”.

The ATHS consortium is a multidisciplinary team of 13 complementary research groups leaders in Public and Animal Health, Food Safety and Environment. They belong to five of the most renowned Spanish scientific institutions (Universidad Complutense Madrid (UCM), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria (INIA), Instituto de Salud Carlos III (ISCIII) y Centro de Investigaciones, Energéticas, Medioambientales, y Tecnologías (CIEMAT).

More information:
Granted the Advanced Technologies in Health Surveillance Program
Official Bulletin of the Community of Madrid

Victor Rodríguez Prieto PhD Thesis

Tesis Doctoral de Victor Rodríguez Prieto, New epidemiological and diagnostic tools for the study of the interaction between domestic and wild animalsOn thursday November 6th Victor Rodríguez Prieto defend his Doctoral Thesis entitled "New epidemiological and diagnostic tools for the study of the interaction between domestic and wild animals" directed by José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno and Joaquín Goyache Goñi.

Date: November 6th, 12.30 am.
Venue: Sala de Grados, Veterinary Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid

Abstract: 

Wildlife diseases have become increasingly important due to the role of wild animals in infections of major impact on animal and public health, as well as in environmental management. The scenario where wild animals inhabit has changed in recent years, mainly due to anthropogenic factors, which have promoted the creation of situations of interaction between wildlife and domestic animals and/or humans. Considering this human-domestic-wildlife interface (HDW interface) when managing infectious diseases is the best way to cost-effectively allocate resources and achieve an adequate health status.

This thesis entitled New epidemiological and diagnostic tools for the study of the interaction between domestic and wild animals intends to develop, integrate and apply different epidemiological and diagnostic methods focused on various infectious diseases used as a model to study the Spanish HDW interface. Its aim is to cover various types of diseases (i.e. new, exotic and endemic diseases) as well as several hosts (i.e. wild ungulates, wild birds and zoo animals). The work developed in this thesis consists of six papers published in journals of international impact and one in preparation, describing epidemiological models, diagnostic methods, immunological studies and experimental challenges, all of them preceded by an extensive literature review.

The articles included in this thesis describe methods and results that are innovative in the field of infectious diseases and wildlife. They also serve as a model for other diseases, wild species or regions with similar epidemiological features. All the issues raised in this thesis can have direct application to surveillance and control of diseases in wild populations, especially those transmitted in the HDW interface, whose inclusion in comprehensive plans for health management is becoming increasingly paramount.

Was euthanasia for Excalibur the right choice?

Interview in the Spanish National Television, RTVE.

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Professor of Animal Health, said that to sacrifice Excalibur (the dog of the spanish nurse infected with Ebola, Teresa Romero) was the correct decision.

"I think it was the most appropriate thing to do", he said, given the high probability of infection of the dog and the lack of conditions to maintain biosecurity quarantine Excalibur.

 

Lina Mur PhD Thesis

Tesis Doctoral de Lina Mur Gil, Nuevas estrategias para la prevención y control de la peste porcina africana

On Wednesday October 29 Lina Mur defend her Doctoral Thesis entitled "New strategies for prevention and control of African Swine Fever" directed by José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno and Beatriz Martínez López.

Date: October 29th, 12.30 am.
Venue: Sala de Grados, Veterinary Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid

New restriction map of Bluetongue in Europe

October 2014

European Commission has carried out the modification of the restriction zones for Bluetongue serotypes in Europe. The restriction zones are located in the countries: Portugal (serotypes 1 and 4), Spain (serotypes 1 and 4), Italy (serotypes 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 16), Malta (no serotype), Cyprus (serotypes 4 and 16), Greece (4 and 16), France (serotypes 1, 2, 4, 8 and 16) and the UK (serotypes 1 and 8), including new countries as Bulgaria (serotype 4), Romania (serotype 4) and Hungary (serotype 4). Spain has increased the restriction zones for Bluetongue serotype 4 due to the notification of 52 new outbreaks in the provinces of Córdoba, Ciudad Real, Seville and Badajoz from the September, 2014.

Fig.: Restriction areas for different serotypes of Bluetongue in Europe as of October, 2014.
Source: European Commission

Fig.: Restriction areas for different serotypes of Bluetongue in Europe as of October, 2014.
Source: European Commission
 

Links: European Comission / RASVE

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
20/10/2014 - SUAT-UCM

Outbreak of Bluetongue located outside of the restriction zone

First outbreak of bluetongue located outside of the current restriction zone disease in Spain (Córdoba)

First outbreak of bluetongue located outside of the current restriction zone disease in Spain (Córdoba)An outbreak of bluetongue serotype 4 has been notified in September outside of the current restriction zone in the Córdoba province (Figure). Confirmation of this outbreak increase the restriction area against serotypes 1 and 4, as well as the compulsory vaccination program against serotype 4. Similarly, vaccination of susceptible animals is recommended in the risk area of reintroduction of this serotype. In the same way, the Spanish authorities have strengthened prevention, surveillance and control in the area.

Figure 1: First outbreak of bluetongue located outside of the restriction zone. Source: Red de Alerta Sanitaria (Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente).
Link:
RASVE

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
26/09/2014 - SUAT-UCM

4th Workshop Rapidia-Field Madrid

rapidiaLast May 22 was held at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine UCM the International Workshop of the European Project Rapidia-Field “Rapid field diagnostics and screening in veterinary medicine”. The workshop was organized by the research group Suat-Visavet and included the participation of International Instiutions ( like the OIE) , government representatives from different countries and representatives from the industry and the animal production.

The main objective of this workshop wase the diffusion of significant data obtained along the project to animal health professionals.

Rapidia 4th Meeting Madrid 2014

triptych of the meetingBrochure of the meeting