Infectious diseases of domestic animals

The aim of microbiology and the study of the infectious diseases of domestic animals (affiliated VET/05 SSD) is the research and standardisation of microorganisms that are responsible for diseases in animals. The principal goals include improving animal health, enhancing production processes and ensuring public health with the increasing ability to control major zoonoses and a reduction of antimicrobial use.

Wildlife infectious agents
This research field studies the potential impact of infectious agents on wildlife. To get to know these agents and their characteristics better, the group conducts epidemiological, biomolecular and phylogenetic studies.

Infectious diseases in pets
Canine and feline infectious pathologies are studied by this group using molecular epidemiology. The leading viral agents that affect pets, and especially those that lead to gastroenteric diseases, are the principal subject of this study. Also of interest is theCarnivore protoparvoviruspathogen and the association between phylogenesis, genetic characteristics of pathogens, disease seriousness and host adaptation.

Livestock viral diseases
Diseases of poultry, pigs and cattle are studied with classic and molecular approaches and pathogenesis studies. The researchers are developing and approving molecular testing for the diagnosis of viruses and distinction between field and viral stock. Control measures of infectious livestock diseases are estimated and evaluated with particular attention to correct vaccination and the possible consequences of virus evolution and reversion to virulence. Finally, viral evolution studies are conducted through bioinformatic and biostatistical methods.