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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.

  • 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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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

Albéitar 2012 award

Consejo Andaluz de Colegios Oficiales de Veterinarios (CACV)

The Andalusian Council of Official Associations of Veterinarians (CACV) has awarded this year's 2012 Albeitar prize in the scientific category to José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno. This is the second edition of these awards, whose purpose is to recognize the work carried out by people and institutions in favor of the development and improvement of the exercise of the veterinary profession and are granted to the Scientific, Disclosure and Institutional categories.

The award ceremony will take place on March 6 at the headquarters of the Rector of Granada.

Spain declared free of serotype 8 of Bluetongue virus

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros & José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno
January 16th, 2013. SUAT-UCM

On 15th January 2013, Spain has proceeded to declared itself free of serotype 8 of bluetongue virus, since the region of Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz) satisfy the health requirements to achieve this health status. This fact has been achieved through proper control and eradication strategy based on vaccination and control of animal movements.

The serotype 8 of the bluetongue virus appeared for the first time in Spain in January 2008. The system of disease surveillance implemented in Spain allowed the early detection the entry of new serotype, and the implementation of rapid and effective control measures based on vaccination and movement control, achieved a limited spread.

The restriction zones of Spain as of January 2013 are: Canary and Balearic Island are considered free of disease; Spain mainland would be considered restriction zone for serotype 1 and four provinces in southern Spain also have this category for serotype 4.


España libre de Lengua Azul
Fig. 6: Bluetongue restriction zones in Spain as of January 2013
Source: Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentacion y Medio Ambiente (MAGRAMA), 2013

This advance in the fight against BTV relaxes restrictions on exports of cattle, sheep and goats from Spain. Highlight that currently in Europe only the islands of Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy) remain as restricted area for serotype 8.

Links: RASVE

Bluetongue situation (December)

The Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente has published the "Informe de Situación de Lengua Azul (Diciembre 2012) (Status Bluetongue Report: December 2012)". This  document communicates the epidemiological status of Bluetongue in Spain in December 2012. This date coincides with the month in which Spain is almost entirely vector free period (Overview seasonally vector free periods).

Report explains the evolution of the disease and vaccination programs. It also discussed in-depth the evolution of Bluetongue in Spain during the vector activity period 2011-2012 and the beginning of the 2012-2013 period, as well as the current health situation of neighboring countries. In conclusion the report highlights the favorable epidemiological evolution of the disease in recent years, remarking the importance of appropriate vaccination programs.

Zonas estacionalmente libres de vectores