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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Mar Melero Asensio PhD Thesis

Tesis Doctoral de Mar Melero AsensioNext 14th of June 2017 (12.00 at the Veterinary Faculty UCM), Mar Melero will defend her PhD thesis entitled "New advances in the diagnosis of diseases in marine mammals", directed by Prof.Dr. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno Rodríguez.


Marine mammals have long been considered good indicators of marine ecosystem health because they have long lifespans; blubber stores that can serve as depots for chemicals and toxins and some species occupy a high trophic level. In addition to this, many species reside along coasts; human activities like fishing and maritime traffic affect them, and they are vulnerable to many infectious diseases. Some of these have implications for human public health and others may serve as indicators of environmental distress syndrome. Furthermore, marine mammals are very charismatic animals, and thus provide great social interest, and their conservation has repercussions for many other species that share their environment. All of these reasons make the study of diseases of marine mammals not only very important, but also urgent, as many species of marine mammals are currently endangered.

The main objective of this doctoral thesis, is to expand the current knowledge of marine mammals’ health through the development and application of tools for early diagnosis and the study of the infectious agents. The work performed in this thesis have been included in five research articles published in scientist journals with international impact and in a draft that is currently in preparation. The latter describes the systematic determination of herpesvirus in all the sampled tissues from cetaceans stranded in the Valencian Community over a period of three years.

VII International Veterinary Congress

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno

Next Thursday, April 20th, Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno will partipate in this international congress at Ufa (Russia), organiced by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture, with two lectures: One health: a personal view and African swine fever: an update.

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno trustee of Fundación Oceanogràfic

Marine Animal HealthFrom the year 2011 the research group SUAT-VISAVET, directed by the Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, from the Veterinary Faculty of the UCM, carries out the research Project “Sanidad Marina” (Marine Animal Health) together with the Fundación de las Artes y las Ciencias de Valencia, and Avanqua Oceanogràfic-Ágora.

In 2016 Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno was nominated as trustee of “FUNDACIÓN OCENAOGRÀFIC DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA”; and he has renew this position this year.

This 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.

More information about Marine Animal Health

XVII Porcine Forum

Porcine Forum

Professor José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno will participate in the XVII Porcino Forum with the presentation "Epidemiological and pathological situation in Europe". The technical day will be held in Madrid on Thursday 9 February.

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Research Visit in SUAT-VISAVET

Since September 2016 the reserach team Suat-Visavet has two new members: Nicola Scorovich and Paige Morrison, both students from Surrey University (UK). They are performing an internship of 8 moths in Epidemiology and Diagnosis of African Swine Fever.

Nicola Scorovich estancia en el grupo SUAT VISAVET

Paige Morrison estancia en el grupo SUAT VISAVET