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ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology – ESGVM

News & Activities

On April 4th 2018 ESGVM and ESGAP organize an ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course on “Challenges in Veterinary Hospital Infection Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship” in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

A detailed description of the programme as well as the opportunity to registrater can be found here

Please do advertise this educational event with our poster and flyer!

Here is the new ESGVM Executive Committee:

  • Luca GUARDABASSI, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Chairperson)
  • Els BROENS, Netherlands (Secretary)
  • Maria Constança POMBA, Portugal (Treasurer)
  • Patrick BUTAYE, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Conferences)
  • Carmen ESPINOSA-GONGORA, Denmark (ESGAP/PrepareVet liaison)
  • Lisbeth Rem JESSEN, Denmark (Development of guidelines)
  • Dorina TIMOFTE, United Kingdom (Postgrad. education)

We thank all previous Executive Committee members for their excellent work over the last years. We are looking forward to continuing this work.

Your new Executive Committee

05 April 2017

ESGVM @ ECCMID 2017 in Vienna, Austria

  • ESGVM Meeting, Sunday, 23 April, 13.15 - 14.15, Hall P
  • VetCAST Meeting, Monday, 24 April, 17.00 - 19.00, Hall P
09 November 2016

ESGVM research grant on “Identification, taxonomy and ecology of the Staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG)”

The ESGVM Executive Committee is pleased to announce that the application for ESCMID SG Research Funding by Ass. Prof. Arshnee Moodley, University of Copenhagen, has been granted by the ESCMID Executive Committee. The objectives of the project are i) to evaluate and improve the performance of the databases of the two MALDI-TOF MS instruments available in the market for species identification of Staphylococcus intermedius Group (SIG) isolates, and 2) to assess phylogeny and host adaptation of the three species belonging to this group by whole genome sequencing. The SIG comprises three species associated with different animal hosts: S. intermedius, S. delphini (groups A and B) and S. pseudintermedius. Species identification is problematic by routine biochemical tests and requires molecular tests that are not easy to be implemented in diagnostic veterinary labs. Correct identification of S. pseudintermedius is important considering the clinical importance and the possible zoonotic implications of this veterinary pathogen. Moreover, incorrect identification of the other two SIG species hinders our knowledge of their ecology and pathogenicity.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with the co-investigator Dr. Ivonne Stamm (Vet Med Labor, IDEXX Laboratories, Ludwigsburg, Germany) and will involve participation of Prof. Luca Guardabassi (Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St Kitts and Nevis), Ass. Prof. Peter Damborg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark), and Prof. Vincent Perreten (University of Berne, Switzerland). The group is looking for additional S. intermedius and S. delphini isolates to be included in the study. SIG strains that could not be species identified by MALDI-TOF MS are also of particular interest for the project. If you would like to receive more information about the project or to participate by providing strains, please contact the principal investigator Arshnee Moodley by email.

27 September 2016

Joint ESGVM/ESGAP Postgraduate Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine

The joint ESGVM/ESGAP Postgraduate Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship in Veterinary Medicine was held in Gothenburg on 11-12 September. The course has been the first training event organized by ESCMID for a veterinary audience. The course was a great success, beyond the most optimistic expectations, with 54 attendees from 21 countries and 4 continents. Considering this positive response and the excellent evaluations received from the attendees, ESGVM is determined to launch a similar educational initiative in 2018.

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The ESGVM Executive Committee now contains six members:

  • Luca Guardabassi, Saint Kitts and Nevis (Chairperson)
  • Cindy Maria Dierikx, Netherlands (Secretary)
  • Antonio Battisti, Italy (Treasurer)
  • Carmen Espinosa-Gongora, Denmark (ESGAP liaison [ad interim])
  • Lisbeth Rem Jessen, Denmark (Development of guidelines [ad interim])
  • Maria Constança Pomba, Portugal (Postgrad. edu./vet. liaison [ad interim])

We welcome the three new members and wish them all the best in their respective roles.

Your Executive Committee

  • Saturday, 9 April 2016
    11.00 h - 13.00 h (Hall D)
    2-hour Educational Workshop EW014: Plasmids without frontiers: mechanisms related to MDR and implications for epidemiology and infection control
  • Sunday, 10 April 2016
    13.15 h - 14.15 h (Room: G106)
    ESGVM Meeting: All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future Study Group activities.

The ESCMID Study Group for Veterinary Microbiology (ESGVM), is described in the press release to aim to contribute to the advancement and harmonization of methods for diagnosis and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of veterinary pathogens. The group will create a network for the surveillance of zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance in animal populations as well as for early detection of new or exotic infectious agents using animals as sentinels of human disease.

The ESCMID Study Group for Forensic and Postmortem Microbiology (ESGFOR) is also presented in this press release.

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05 May 2015
Announcement: ICOHAR International Conference on One Health Antimicrobial Resistance, 30 September 2015 - 2 October 2015

ICOHAR is a conference supported by 3 distinct projects funded by the EU Commission (TRAIN-ASAP), the Danish Research Council for Strategic Research (DanCARD) and the University of Copenhagen (UC-Care), respectively, together with the Danish Pig Research Centre, SEGES. ICOHAR brings together representatives from the public health, medical and veterinary sectors, and scientists working in antimicrobial drug discovery, prevention, treatment and control of multidrug-resistant bacteria. The scope of the Conference is to share research and promote interdisciplinary and intersectorial collaboration in this field through a One Health approach.

More information can be obtained here.

  • Sunday, 26 April 2015
    13.15 - 15.15 (Hall N)
    ESGVM Business Meeting: All interested persons are cordially invited to join the meeting and plan future Study Group activities.
New ESCMID Study Group

ESGVM is a newly formed ESCMID Study Group, which has started its activities in the field of veterinary microbiology.

Objectives of ESGVM


First plans:
  • Joint strategy meeting at ECCMID 2015 in collaboration with VetCAST to elect the Executive Committee and further plan the activities listed below
  • Educational workshops and symposia at ECCMID 2016 and/or 2017
  • Symposia during other congresses (e.g. EAVLD, EAVPT, ICAAC)
  • Establish collaboration with other relevant study groups (e.g. EPASG), EU agencies (EMA, ECDC and EFSA) and initiatives (e.g. COST actions NEOH and EURNEGVEC)
  • Initiate production of European recommendations for veterinary AST and define interpretive criteria
Last update: 25 April 2017

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