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.

Attention students

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11th International Congress for Veterinary Virology

12th Annual Meeting of EPIZONE


Professor Sánchez-Vizcaíno participates in this congress between 27th and 30th of August in Vienna.

  • “African swine fever: The biggest threat for the European swine industry – what can we do?” Keynote lecture, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM.
  • Oral Session 4: Viral infections of Swine 1, Chair: Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM.
  • “Sequencing of the tandem repeat sequences (TRS) within the intergenic region between the multigene family 505 9R -10R genes: additional tool for subtyping genotype II African swine fever (ASF) isolates”, Gallardo C, Elsukova A, Woźniakowski G, Nieto R, Soler A, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM, Igolkin A, Arias M.

 Congress program

Epidemiological surveillance and innovative systems for the early detection of diseases in swine and cattle industry

Vigilancia Epidemiológica y sistemas innovadores de detección temprana de enfermedades en el sector porcino y bovino

The event is organized by the Vet + i Foundation, the Veterinary Health Surveillance Center (VISAVET). Expert speakers in animal health will represent, among others, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the National Association of Porcine Cattle Producers (ANPROGAPOR) and the Spanish Association of Producers of Beef Cattle (ASOPROVAC). Next Monday, July 23, Madrid. Free access.

Main speeches will focus on the surveillance of animal diseases, from the economic and health point of view, the biosecurity and design of new diagnostic methods, the early detection systems, based on new technologies, and the innovations in surveillance of animal diseases, specifically in porcine and bovine livestock species.

Aimed to professionals of Animal Health (industry, veterinarians, researchers, etc.).

This activity is part of the Operational Group 2018 entitled "Epidemiological Surveillance and transfer: detection of diseases in swine and cattle populations". 

Event date and place: Next Monday, July 23 at the facilities of the Veterinary Health Surveillance Center (VISAVET) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Puerta de Hierro Avenue, NN, 28040, Madrid, morning.

Mapping apicultural placements: key to animal health in beekeeping

The Vet + i Foundation, the Veterinary Health Surveillance Center (VISAVET), and the Association of Beekeepers of the Autonomous Community of Madrid (APISCAM), with the collaboration of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Coordinator of Farmers and Livestock Organizations (COAG-IR) organize this workshop. July 20, 2018, Madrid. Free access.

The workshop will be carried out by bee health experts and will focus on the main problems and diseases that affect the health of apiaries, and the importance of monitoring the bee diseases, mainly associated with sanitary and environmental factors, among others.

Aimed to professionals of Animal Health (industry, veterinarians, researchers, etc.). This activity is part of the Operational Group 2018 entitled "Preparation of a suitability map for apicultural locations".

Event date and place: July 20 at the facilities of the Veterinary Sanitary Surveillance Center (VISAVET) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Puerta de Hierro Avenue, NN, 28040, Madrid, morning.


African Swine Fever - soon all over Europe?

European Parlament

Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno participates today, 19th of June, as guest speaker at the European Parliament Seminar: African swine fever, soon all over Europe?

The African Swine Fever disease is advancing dangerously in Central and Eastern Europe since 2014. In the seminar will be discussed, together with other experts, the possible solutions and ways of cooperation to try to stop in an efficient way the advance of the African Swine Fever in Europe.


UCM-Kansas State University Research Collaboration

This week we have the pleasure of hosting Dr. Jürgen A. Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar for Kansas Bioscience Authority, from Kansas State University.

The visit is focused on fostering the collaboration between Kansas State University and SUAT-UCM in the exchange of knowledge concerning ASF new diagnosis methods.

UCM-Kansas State University Research Collaboration

PLoS One new research published

Plos OneNew research article published entitled "An advection-deposition-survival model to assess the risk of introduction of vector-borne diseases through the wind: Application to bluetongue outbreaks in Spain".

This work develops a methodology for estimating risk of wind-borne introduction of flying insects into a country, identifying areas and periods of high risk of vector-borne diseases incursion. This risk can be characterized by the role of suitable temperatures and wind currents in small insects' survival and movements, respectively. The model predicts the number density of introduced insects over space and time based on three processes: the advection due to wind currents, the deposition on the ground and the survival due to climatic conditions. Spanish livestock has suffered many bluetongue outbreaks since 2004 and numerous experts point to Culicoides transported by wind from affected areas in North Africa as a possible cause. This work implements numerical experiments simulating the introduction of Culicoides in 2004. The model identified southern and eastern Spain, particularly between June and November, as being at greatest risk of wind-borne Culicoides introduction, which matches field data on bluetongue outbreaks in Spain this year. This validation suggests that this model may be useful for predicting introduction of airborne pathogens of significance to animal productivity.

Fernandez-Carrion E., Ivorra B., Ramos AM., Martinez-Lopez B., Aguilar-Vega C., Sanchez-Vizcaino JM.

Open access article