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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Our aim is also the Public Health

Entrevista a José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaino: "Nuestra meta es también la Salud Pública"Interview to José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno in the magazine  Informe porcino ofROTECNA.

     Virus or animal health, either of these twowords are closely linked to Jose ManuelSánchez-Vizcaíno, Professor, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Professor of Animal Health at the Veterinary Faculty of the Complutense University of Madrid, as well asadviser to the OIE and FAO. Taking advantage of this 2011 OIE celebrates the Year of theVet, we wanted to interview one of the most international Spanish veterinarians. 

Read full interview:  José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno: "Our aim is also the Public Health" (spanish text)

ASF Diagnostics, Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control

African swine fever Diagnostics, Surveillance, Epidemiology and ControlProfessor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno gave the conference entitled "African swine fever Overview: Global Importance, ASF Virus Biology and Disease Control Measures" in the  workshop "African swine fever Diagnostics, Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control: Identification of Researchable Issues Targeted to the Endemic Areas within sub-Saharan Africa" which was on 19, 20, 21 and July 22  in Nairobi (Kenya).

Download the workshop program Descargar programa African swine fever Diagnostics, Surveillance, Epidemiology and Control

Madrid, ASF capital

ParticipantsFrom  27th of June to the 1st of July, Madrid city is hosting the "Training course on African Swine Fever (ASF) epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis (ASF-EPILAB)". 

The activities take place at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Complutense University and at the Research Center for Animal Health (CISA-INIA), this one is European Union and FAO Reference Laboratory for ASF.

You can take a look to the program.


Presentation of the project Marine Animal Health

L´Oceanografic y la Universidad Complutense

This Thursday, May 26 has been presented the project: Marine Animal Health.

The general director of the City of Arts and Sciences, Pedro GarciaRibot, the head of Veterinary Oceanogràfic, Daniel Garcia, and director of the Reference Laboratory of the Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of the Universidad Complutense, José ManuelSánchez-Vizcaíno, present the project  "Marine Animal Health",initiated by both entities. 

Marine Animal HealthThis project arises from the collaboration in recent years between VISAVET Health Surveillance Centre (Complutense University) and the Oceanographic. The aim is to improve the health of the Mediterranean marine fauna and, by extension, the preservation of the marine ecosystem in general.

Source: Generalitat Valenciana
New in the media: ABC | Ocanografic | elperiodic

More information about this project of Marine Animal Health.

Morbillivirus could regrow


Experts do not rule out a resurgence of the morbillivirus epidemicthat has killed dozens of dolphins.

Morbillivirus epidemic that has killed dozens of dolphins in recent times is currently engaged in a phase of 'silent epidemic', in which the deaths of animals have ceased, although experts do not rule that can produce a resurgence of virus.

Source and full article: europapress (spanish text)

This new in other media: ABC | levante-emv (spanish texts)

Rinderpest has been eradicated


Human action does clear the planet for the first time an animaldisease

Yesterday, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) officially declared eradicated rinderpest, one of the deadliest diseases for these animals. As explained by Professor of Animal Health (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid), José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaíno, "this is the first animal disease that has been eradicated by human action, something that has been achieved "with a global vaccination program continued and persistent " and a " very effective immunization. " 

Full article: Público.es (spanish text)

Isabel Mínguez-Tudela (08/05/1956 - 16/04/2011)

Isabel Mínguez Tudela

On April 16th our dear friend Isabel passed away in the Bordet Institute of Brussels after a long struggle against cancer. Isabel died as she lived, working and fighting until the last moment for European research in animal health. 

Isabel was a remarkable person of immense generosity, extraordinary manners  and great passion. With her death, we lose a strong advocate for European research.  For over 15 years, she acted as a major bridge within the scientific community linking different European research teams and establishing connections with scientists from America, Asia and Africa.  She helped to improve the  level of European veterinary science by creating a strong European network of veterinary scientists in a very competitive environment. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the “One Health” vision and of the role of the veterinary profession in fighting neglected diseases and poverty.

All who had the fortune to meet and work with her are deeply saddened by her passing .We have lost an excellent professional and a great friend of animal health research. Isabel has been a tremendous example to veterinary scientists worldwide and a precious acquaintance for all who have been fortunate to work with her.

We have received numerous expressions of condolences from many countries around the world. All praise Isabel's excellent work to improve animal health research in Europe; her broad vision for the future to advance science; her ability to support the resolution of major health problems; her unconditional support of young researchers; her ability to build bridges of communication and cooperation with other research groups within and outside the European Union. Isabel was always ready to offer advice and help selflessly and generously to all who asked. We all agree that Isabel was, above all, a warm hearted and caring person who always demonstrated outstanding professionalism and dedication to her work.

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