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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OIE/IVSA student competition 2015


Animal welfare is a complex subject with scientific, ethical, economic, cultural and political dimensions.

Today, animal producers are increasingly taking animal welfare into account and some have come to see it as a characteristic of quality of their products. Consumers’ concern in animal welfare is also constantly growing. Therefore this topic is becoming more and more central in the preoccupations of veterinarians, nowadays as well as in the upcoming years.

As a future representative of the veterinary profession, you will need to prove your leadership in this area.


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Great success for ESVV2015 – EPIZONE!

More than 400 persons from 49 countries attended this international congress, held in Montpellier from 31 August to 3 September.

293 abstracts were submitted from which 9 keynotes lectures, 111 oral presentations and 157 poster exhibitions were accepted.
Ten travel grants and four poster awards were offered to young scientists.

The programme and organization have promoted excellent scientific exchanges in a good atmosphere. The gala dinner was also a great moment.

ESVV and EPIZONE also did their general assembly and executive committees. A new ESVV board was elected: Emmanuel Albina (President), Marisa Arias (Secretary), Hans Nauwynck (Tresurer), Thomas Mettenleiter, Norbert Nowotny and Tamas Petrovic.

The next ESVV meeting will be held in Vienna in 2018 and should be again combined with an annual EPIZONE meeting.

Pictures of the event
ESVV 2015 website

José Manuel Sánchez Vizcaíno interview 

Emmanuel Albina interview 

Wim van der Poel interview 

Preventing pandemics using a One Health approach

Jonna MazetProfessor Jonna Mazet will present this seminar entitled "Preventing pandemics using a One Health approach" the 17th June at 16:30 am at the Hall of Degrees of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Complutense University.

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Disease Ecology and Director of the One Health Institute in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet is active in international One Health research programs, especially disease transmission among wildlife, domestic animals, and people and the ecological drivers for disease emergence. Currently, she is the Global Director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, named PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She has recently been elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in recognition of her successful and innovative approach to emerging environmental and global health threats.

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II Workshop on "Modellings and Simulation of Epidemics"

Epidemics are one of the most important concerns of the governments, Human and Animal Health authorities and Society in general. During the last years the appearance and diffusion of emerging and re-emerging diseases such as VIH, SARS, H1N1 influenza, Nipah virus, Ebola, bluetongue, ASFV or AHSV has promoted the development of simulation models aimed to facilitate the complex decision making process to control and eradicate disease.
The aim of this workshop is to organize an exploratory meeting about new challenges in the modelling and simulation of Epidemics (for human or/and animals), with senior and junior experts invited by the Organizing Committee.

They will present their research in the field and there will be a round table discussing about new challenges.

Sharing and developing of new ideas and the promotion of new collaborations will be the final goal of the event.

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V International Veterinary Congress

José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno during the V International Veterinary Congress at MoscowProf. Sánchez-Vizcaíno participated in the "V International Veterinary Congress: One world, One health" celebrated in Moscow during the 22nd, 23rd and 24th April.

During the event he moderated de conference “Current issues in industrial pig breeding” and the “Panel discussion on African swine fever”, where gave the conference “Eradication of African swine fever”.


Franz J. Conraths seminar

Franz J. ConrathsFranz J. Conraths will give a talk entitled "Epidemiological analysis of outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, subtype H5N8, in Germany" next thurday 16th of April at 10:30 am in the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of the Complutense University organised by the SUAT team.

Head of the Department of Epidemiology of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Greifswald-Insel Riems. Germany
Deputy of the president of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut
Extramural professor, Free University of Berlin, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine 

Professional training:
Studies in Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin (1978-1983)
Doctoral thesis/PhD in Veterinary Virology (1986, Free University of Berlin)
Habilitation in Parasitology (1996, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen)
Venia legendi in Epidemiology and Animal Disease Control (1999)

FLI maintains an epidemiological advisory group that investigates disease outbreaks together with the local veterinary authority. In the case of H5N8, the advisory group was involved in the epidemiological work-up of all outbreaks in Germany and cooperated with colleagues in the UK, the Netherlands and Italy on the epidemiology of H5N8 in Europe.

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros PhD defense

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros read her PhD Thesis entitled "Epidemiological evolution and control of African horse sickness" on 26 February 2015, obtaining the highest qualification cum laude.

The SUAT group gives you the most sincere congratulations

Defensa de Tesis de Almudena Sánchez Matamoros

Almudena Sánchez Matamoros PhD

Tesis Doctoral deAlmudena Sánchez MatamorosOn Thursday 26th of February, Almudena Sánchez Matamoros defend her PhD thesis with European Mention "Evolution and epidemiological control of African Horse Sickness " directed by Prof. José Manuel Sánchez-Vizcaíno, Dr. Eva Martinez and Dr. Iglesias. Deborah Kukielka Zunzunegi.

The event will take place at 16.30 in the main building of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Complutense University.

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