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09 May 2019

ICECVM – 1st International Conference of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology, 26 – 27 September 2019, Athens, Greece

From 26 - 27 September 2019 the 1st International Conference of the European College of Veterinary Microbiology is held in Athens, Greece. ICECVM is a two-day venue dedicated to Veterinary Microbiology and will include a forum on One-Health and antibiotic resistance of microbial pathogens (co-organized with ESGVM), and a session on Veterinary Specialisation addressed at students of veterinary medicine and veterinarians. In parallel with the scientific conference, the 1st ICECVM hosts a commercial exhibition and social events, providing a unique opportunity of interaction and collaboration, in a city where science and education have been celebrated for more than 20 centuries!
For more information and registration visit the internet site of the Conference:

02 May 2019

ESGVM Operating Procedure

The Veterinary Practice Guidelines project was launched by the ESGVM 2 years ago with the aim of promoting rational use of antimicrobials in animals while providing optimal veterinary care. The ESGVM operating procedure (OP) for writing veterinary practice guidelines is based on the ESCMID OP for clinical guidelines, and was approved by the ESCMID guidelines director in January 2019. The ESGVM has currently one guidelines project on antimicrobial use in Bovine Respiratory Disease ongoing, and a guidelines project on antimicrobial use in companion animal gastrointestinal disease in the pipeline.


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!

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 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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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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