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Keynote Speakers

Abecia, José Alfonso

Jose-Alfonso Abecia (PhD, Dip ECSRHM) is Professor of Animal Production at the Department of Animal Production and Food Science of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Zaragoza, and is deputy director of the University's Research Institute in Environmental Sciences of Aragon. He obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1988 (Universidad de Zaragoza) and his doctorate in 1992 (same university). He spent a year and a half as a postdoctoral researcher at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland (1992-1993). His main areas of research are the study of the relationships between nutrition and reproduction in sheep, the use of melatonin to improve lamb production, and how socio-sexual signals arise from sexual activity in sheep. It is also involved in some aspects of precision farming, such as electronic identification and virtual fences. He is the former president of the UEECA (Union of Spanish Entities of Animal Science), which is the association of the thirteen animal science societies present in Spain.

Adjou, Karim

DVM, PhD, Dip.ECSRHM, graduated with merit in 1991 from the Veterinary School of Algiers (Algeria). He is currently Professor in the Department of Large Animal Medicine (Ruminants) in the Veterinary School of Alfort in France. He is responsible for teaching veterinary students ruminant medicine (cattle, sheep and goats).

His research and clinical interests are in diseases of small ruminants in which field he has published in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed in scientific meetings. He has become a de facto diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (2010). He is also the responsable of the ECSRHM « Education Committee » since 2020.

Alvarez, Mário Felipe

Veterinarian in charge of the Goat and Sheep Sector and the Experimental Research Unit on Goats and Sheep (UniPECO) located at the Farm School of the Veterinary Faculty - Fluminense Federal University (UFF). Founding member of the Group of Study, Research and Extension on Goats and Sheep (GEPECO) based at Farm School which provides services to local sheep and goat farmers. He advise master and doctoral students in the Postgraduate Course in Veterinary Medicine (Clinical and Animal Reproduction) at UFF. He is a Young Scientist of Our State by FAPERJ. He carry out the alternative training program of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (ECSRHM) by the Facultad de Veterinaria of the Universidad de Zagaroza in Spain. Knowledge in fields of clinical pathology, animal production science, reproduction and medical clinic of small ruminants. Academic experience in cattle and sheep production systems in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Uruguay and different regions of Brazil. Focus on studies aimed at: reproduction biotechniques; clinical and reproductive ultrasound and integrative therapies for small ruminants.

Aparicio, Miguel Ángel


Degree in Veterinary Science’s in Complutense University in Madrid, PhD in Veterinary Sciences (1983). Professor of Animal Production Area in Veterinary School (University of Extremadura) from 1985 today. Research topics: Animal Welfare. General Director of Consumption and Veterinary Public Health (1991-1995). Head of Technological Transfer Office of the University of Extremadura (1995-1999). Member of ECONWELFARE project. In the field of research on sheep, I have carried out several research projects for different entities such as the Regional Government of Castilla La Mancha, “Training in Animal Welfare” (2018) and “Study on the cost of implementing Animal Welfare measures in small ruminant farms in Castilla-La Mancha” (2016), and the for the Sheep and goat agri-food interprofessional (Interovic): “Effect of the Mediterranean climate on the welfare of sheep in extensive and semi-extensive regime: summer and autumn” (2014) and "Animal Welfare Protocol in sheep” (2019-20). Full member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Veterinary Sciences from 2005. Member of the Scientific Committee for Animal Welfare of Interporc, Interovic, Asoprovac and ASICI. Former vicepresident of UEECA (Union of Spanish Entities of Animal Science). President of the Organizing Committee of the European Symposium on Animal Welfare in Ruminants (2022)

Arranz, Juan José

Juan José Arranz

Professor of Animal Breeding at the University of León. I have worked for 30 years as a researcher in genomics and animal breeding in different livestock species, mainly dairy sheep. During this period, I have participated in research projects of the National Plan, the Research Plan of Castilla y León, European Union projects (FP6, FP7, H2020), and contracts with industry. My research activity has focused on using molecular techniques in animal breeding. Thus, my activity has evolved with the progress of the methodology. In this way, we start using genetic markers and now focus on using genomic sequencing and transcriptome data from different tissues to decipher the genetic basis of phenotypes of interest in ruminants, mainly dairy sheep. In this sense, we collaborate with various Spanish and foreign research groups with a complementary line of research. I am a member of different international initiatives: the International Sheep Genomics Consortium (, Functional Annotation of Farm Animal Genomes (FAANG), focused on livestock genomics.

Bauer, Benjamin

Ben studied veterinary medicine at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich. During this time, he embarked on a study abroad at Massey University in New Zealand and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma of Veterinary Clinical Science. After his return home, he completed his veterinary medicine degree in Munich and received his ‘Dr. med. vet.’ degree. Thereafter, Ben worked for the Bavarian Sheep Health Service and was responsible for disease control and prevention. He also obtained his German veterinary certificate in small ruminant health during that time. After five years, he moved to the Clinic for Swine and Small Ruminants at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation. He has passed his exam to become a DipECSRHM in 2019. His research focus is on epidemiology and control of Coxiella burnetii in small ruminants in the spirit of the One Health approach. In 2022, Ben received his ‘Dr. med. vet. habil.’ degree from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation. In general, Ben has a strong interest in zoonotic (vector-borne) diseases of ruminants.

Beard, Pip

Professor Pip Beard is a Principal Investigator and Senior Scientist at the Pirbright Institute. She leads a research group that investigates poxviruses and other large DNA viruses which have specialised to replicate in the cytoplasm of the cell, such as African swine fever virus (ASFV). Pip obtained her veterinary degree from Sydney University and her PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She then worked at Cornell University in the US before being awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellowship to study poxviruses at Imperial College London. She spent one year in Ulaanbaatar as a specialist veterinary advisor to the Mongolian government before returning to the UK to The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh. After spending 6 years in Edinburgh, which included a veterinary pathology residency, Pip took up moved to the Pirbright Institute in 2016.
The aim of Pip’s research is to understand the complex and unique interactions between large DNA viruses and their host, and translate this knowledge into clinical outcomes. Pip’s team is currently focused on the three capripoxvirus species (lumpy skin disease virus, sheeppox virus and goatpox virus) which each cause severe disease in livestock in Africa, Asia and the Middle East..
Pip is the WOAH expert for capripoxviruses and provides advice to international agencies on the control of these viruses. Pip leads the European Commission funded project DEFEND ( which is tackling the emergence of African swine fever and lumpy skin disease in Europe in partnership with 31 other consortium members including industry partners Innovative Diagnostics and Zoetis. (EU H2020 research programme 773701).

Bello, José Maria



Born in 1963.

Higher Bachelor in Zaragoza, obtained in 1981.

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine in 1986

Doctorate (PhD) in Veterinary Medicine in 2017 from Zaragoza University.

Diplomate at ECSRHM (European College of Small Ruminants) since 2021.


Commercial Technical Service in NANTA ZARAGOZA from 1987 to 2005 in the specialty of Ruminants.

Sheep and Goats Product Manager from 2005 to the present in the company NANTA S.A having the responsibility of the Small Ruminant  species in Spain and Portugal.

Main activity focused on diets and feed design, farm feeding planification, technical team training and management, organization of sectorial and professional events, running of innovation projects  and global support in small ruminant within Nutreco Company.

Working on projects related to Animal Welfare, Meat Quality, Farm Management, Antibiotic Reduction and Sustainability.

Publication of works and articles in national and international media and conferences.

Benavides, Julio

My scientific career started as an undergraduate student during the last year of the Veterinary Degree at the University of León, when I received a grant from the Spanish Government (Ministry of Education) and produced a minor thesis on maedi visna, a lentiviral infection of ruminants. I continued the research on this topic for my PhD thanks to two predoctoral grants from the regional (FPI, Junta de Castilla y León) and national Governments (FPU, MEC). My PhD thesis obtained the maximum calcification (Sobresaliente cum laude) and the Extraordinary Doctorate Award of the Veterinary Degree, University of León (2007).

After finishing my PhD I moved to Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK with a permanent postdoctoral position as Veterinary Research Immunopathologist, where I worked for 3 years and 4 months. In this time I participated in several research projects focused on analysing the host-pathogen relation in different diseases of ruminants (i.e. neosporosis, toxoplasmosis, malignant catarrhal fever, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis and louping ill). My role in these projects was focused in the analysis of the pathological and immune responses developed by the host as a consequence of the infection and how the vaccination or host strain could influence over this response. At this time I was granted a research project as co-Principal investigator, and had the opportunity to supervise several Degree students.

Since my incorporation to the the Instituto de Ganadería de Montaña (CSIC-University of León), Spain, firstly under under a JAE-doc contract (CSIC) for three years, then as Ramon y Cajal fellow and finally, since 2017, as Scientist from CSIC, I initiate a new line of research in the institute based on the study of protozoan diseases of ruminants. Within this line, and since then, I have been granted as Principal Investigator four research projects: one within the European NADIR Transnational Access Projects, other from the BSAS/Biosciences KTN program and three from the National R&D&I Plan (Refs. AGL2011-30205, AGL2016-75935-C2-2-R, and PID2019-104713RB-C22 ), the two last of them as a collaborative project with group SALUVET, from the Complutense University of Madrid Currently, with which there is long and fruitful collaboration on the study of protozoan diseases of rumminants.

During my scientific career I have published 114 peer-reviewed papers, 75% of them in journals within the first quartile of the area of research. I have participated in 21 research projects (13 national/regional and 8 international), 4 of them as Principal Investigator, and 18 research contracts, 7 of the as Principal Investigator. Co-supervised 5 PhD theses (3 currently under development), 5 final degree dissertations and 1 master thesis. I have also published 20 papers in knowledge transfer journals. Since 2014 I belong, as de facto diplomate, to the European College of Small Ruminant Health and Management (ECSRHM), and since 2001 to the Spanish Society of Veterinary Pathology.

Bergonier, Dominique

Curriculum vitae



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57 years



Affiliation:            National Veterinary School, Toulouse, France

Teaching:            Associate Professor (Theriogenology and Infectious Diseases)

Research:            unit INRAe – Toulouse Vet School 1225 ‘Hosts-Pathogens Interactions’:

investigations about ruminants mastitis, mycoplasmoses and abortion.


Academic qualifications

1990                Veterinary studies graduation (Toulouse)                

1992                Microbiological Master (Lyon University, France)

1996                PhD Thesis (Lyon University)

1997-98          Post-doctorate in Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology, Vetsuisse, Bern (Switzerland)

2001                Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction 

2014                Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminants Health Management.



  • Teaching of small and large ruminants mammary pathology and milk quality control
  • Founder and manager of Ovine Production and Pathology last degree course and continuing education
  • Member of Editorial board of several continuing education Journals
  • Cofounding Member of the National Technological Mixt Unit ‘Ruminants Health Management’ (INRAe – French Livestock Institute – Toulouse Vet School)
  • Author of 20 pair-reviewed publications, 39 oral communications, 25 posters, 5 book chapters, 74 continuing education communications and 45 continuing education publications.

Busin, Valentina

Valentina graduated in veterinary medicine from the University of Turin, Italy, in 2007 and worked in mixed and farm animal practices for 3 years, before undertaking a farm animal residency and obtaining the Diploma for the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management in 2014. She subsequently completed a mechanical engineering PhD program jointly between Moredun and Heriot-Watt University. She is a European recognised specialist in small ruminant medicine and has worked as a senior clinician in disease investigation at the University of Glasgow. She is now a private consultant, an affiliate and postgraduate supervisor within the University of Glasgow and has joined the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD) in June 2022 as capacity development and learning specialist, to coordinate the planning, development and piloting of training tools within the EuFMD learning programme for the control of transboundary diseases. Her interests focus on small ruminants, food security, livestock medicine and production, animal disease diagnostics and surveillance.

Cáceres, Germán

Germán Cáceres

On educational grounds, I studied veterinary science at the veterinary school of the Complutense University of Madrid between 1994 and 1999. In 2021 I obtained a master’s degree (MSC) in veterinary epidemiology and public health at the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London. Regarding working side, after finishing my veterinary studies I spent three years working as vet surgeon in large and small animal practices. At the end of 2002 I moved to the UK to work as an Official Veterinary Surgeon on animal health, hygiene and welfare, beside of export certification. At the end of 2007 I obtained a position in the national veterinary body of Spain, and started working for the animal health unit of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries as an official veterinarian where I have been working on animal health matters such as epidemiology, surveillance, control and eradication of animal diseases and zoonosis, since then. In January 2020 I become Head of the epidemiology department which is my current post.

Caja, Gerardo

Gerardo Caja

Emeritus Professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science of the Faculty of Veterinary of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB, Spain). He studied at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), where he graduated as an Agricultural Engineer and did a PhD on Ruminant Nutrition. Later he carried out his teaching and research career at the UPM (Assistant Professor and Associate Professor), the UPV (Associate Professor and Professor) and at the UAB (Professor) where he founded the Ruminant Research Group (G2R) recognized as a Consolidated Research Group by the Generalitat de Catalunya. He has been a visiting researcher in the United Kingdom (U. Nottingham, Sutton Bonington), France (INRAe, Rennes and Montpellier), Denmark (U. Copenhagen), the United States (U. Minnesota-St. Paul, U. Wisconsin-Madison, U. California-Davis and U. South Dakota-Brookings), Saudi Arabia (King Saud U., Riyadh) and New Zealand (AgResearch, Hamilton). He has been member of the Spanish standardization committees (AENOR) and the international standardization working group (ISO) in electronic livestock identification, advisor of the Ministry of Agriculture (CEIEA) and the EU (DG Agri) on animal identification issues and consultant for FAO. He was elected full member (no. 27) of the Catalan Academy of Veterinary Sciences (2005) and in 2006 received the International Prize for Dairy Production from the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). He collaborates with the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM), as scientific coordinator and professor in the biannual master's degree in Animal Nutrition, as well as in various short specialization courses in dairy sheep production and precision farming. His main areas of research are the production of dairy ruminants, including lactation physiology, nutrition, adaptation to thermal stress and milking management in sheep and goats, practical applications of electronic identification and sensors in precision livestock farming. Lately he has created a multidisciplinary beekeeping research group (UABee) interested in the welfare and conservation of bees that includes the monitoring of hives through sensors. He participated in 15 competitive national projects and 7 from the European Union, as well as in several cooperation and development projects, and in consulting with companies and public and private organizations. His scientific production includes the direction of 40 doctoral and 50 master's theses, and the publication of more than 400 articles (of which 170 in indexed journals) and 11 international patents.

Calavia Moreno, Almudena

Almudena Calavia Moreno

Almudena Calavia holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine from University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). She is member of the National Veterinary Body since 2009. She worked in the Ministry of Health where she had responsibilities as a health inspector at the border control post of Barcelona. Since 2013 she works in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, where she has held different technical responsibilities in the Secretary of Agriculture. In 2015 she started to work in the field of zootechnics where she currently serves as a Head of Service of animal genetic resources and her areas of responsibilities cover implementation of the Regulation (UE) 2016/1012 of animal breeding and development of National Program for Conservation, Improvement and Promotion of Livestock breeds (Royal Decree 45/2019).

Cannas, Antonello

Antonello Cannas

Antonello Cannas, M.Sc., Ph.D., is Full Professor of Animal Nutrition and Feeding in the Department of Agricultural Sciences (Dipartimento di Agraria), University of Sassari, Sardinia, Italy. He gained a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in the University of Sassari, a Master of Science (Chair P.J. Van Soest) and a Ph.D. (Chair P.J. Van Soest, Co-Chair A.N. Pell) at Cornell University.

He teaches the courses Animal nutrition and feeding and Feeding techniques and diet balancing for ruminants in the Department of Agricultural Sciences of the University of Sassari, where he also directed until recently the Ph.D. School.

His main areas of research are ruminant nutrition, with special focus on small ruminants and modelization; feed evaluation; energy and protein requirements of ruminants; rumen function and turnover; milk urea as nutritional indicator; nutrition and milk composition in small ruminants; feed palatability; environmental impact of animal production. Invited speaker in more than 20 national and international symposia. Former associate editor for Animal Nutrition of the journal Small Ruminant Research, he has been reviewer for more than 20 international scientific journals. Author of more than 160 scientific and technical publications, and book chapters. He also edited the book: Cannas A., Pulina G., Eds. 2008. Dairy goats feeding and nutrition. CAB International, Wallingford, UK.

He led the development of the Cornell Net Carbohydrate and Protein System for Sheep and its evolution into the Small Ruminant Nutrition System, jointly with D. G. Fox, Cornell University, USA and L.O. Tedeschi, Texas A & M University, USA. He is a member of the Sheep and Goat commission of EAAP.

He was the chair of the organizing committee of the 10th Workshop on Modelling Nutrient Digestion and Utilization in Farm Animals (, held in Alghero (Sardinia), 18-21 September 2022 and coeditor of the proceedings, published by Animal - Science proceedings.

Cheminau, Philipe

Philippe Chemineau is initially an Agronomist. He has a PhD in Reproductive physiology of domestic animals. He is Emeritus Director of Research INRAE (France) and President World Association of Animal Production (WAAP). He has been Head of the INRAE Division Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems; Member of national INRAE Management Board; Head of the « Delegation for scientific expertise, Foresight and Advanced studies (DEPE)” INRAE Paris; Head of the INRAE “ Direction of Regional policy, Higher education and Europe (DARESE)”. He has also been President of EAAP (European Association of Animal Production), the European Federation of Animal Science.
He has published 195 publications and has an h-index : 39

Climent, María

Maria Climent, Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and PhD in Biomedicine, works as a lecturer in the Anatomy, Embryology and Animal Genetics Department at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zaragoza, Spain.
In addition to her teaching in anatomy, and research in the field of aging and epigenetics, she has been focused in the neuroanatomy field in different domestic animals. She has received formation in the Neuropathology & Neuroanatomy Courses for ECVN (European College of Veterinary Neurology) and ACVIM (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine) residents, in the Veterinary Neurosciences training at the UAB (Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, 2015). Since 2016, she carries out a healthcare activity in the field of neurology at the Scrum: Clinical Ruminant Service, a clinical hospital service from the Veterinary Faculty. Here she attends the suspected neurological cases, being focused in the neuroanatomy of the neurologic examination and the disorder location.

Crilly, James Patrick

JP Crilly graduated from Cambridge in 2010, and after a period of charity work in North Africa, entered mixed practice in the north of Scotland. He undertook a farm animal residency at Edinburgh 2013-2015, and became a Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management in 2016.
He currently works in first- opinion large animal practice in southern England; is lecturer in small ruminant health and flock management at the Royal Veterinary College, and a guest lecturer in small ruminant medicine at Cambridge and the Estonian University of Life Sciences.
In practice, his particular interest areas are small ruminant surgery and advising his clients to the best of his ability on flock health and productivity. His main research interests are sustainable nematode control and seeing whether the things that people say work really do, and whether the things they say don’t work really won’t.

De la Fe, Christian

Christian de la Fe Rodríguez is Professor of Animal Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences of the University of Murcia, Spain. Coordinator of infectious diseases, research lines are oriented to the study of infections caused by the genus Mycoplasma or Mycoplasma, integrating aspects of epidemiology, molecular biology, diagnosis and control, as well as the study of antimicrobial resistance. As a specialist in contagious agalactia, he is the author of more than 50 scientific papers in JCR journals and of the chapter dedicated to the disease in The Merck Veterinary Manual, as well as writing the official control program for the Spanish Agriculture Ministry. Innovation and transfer of results to the sector has been constant, participating in 60 consultancy and technology transfer contracts for public and private entities.

Duncan, Jennifer

I am a veterinary surgeon with a particular interest in animal welfare, sheep flock health and preventative medicine. My current position is in the Department of Livestock and One Health in the School of Veterinary Science, Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences, University of Liverpool. In my post I teach animal welfare and sheep veterinary medicine. My research focuses on sheep lameness, neonatal lamb diseases and sheep welfare. I am a member of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. I co-ordinate post graduate veterinary modules in sheep medicine for the RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice and supervise research projects in the Diploma of Bovine Reproduction course.
I have held many interesting administrative roles in the veterinary school; currently I have a strong interest in research ethics and I am vice-chair of the Institute Research Ethics Committee and member of Central University Ethics Committee.

Erichsen, Catherine

Cathrine Erichsen is a veterinarian and sheep farming consultant with a major background in lambing management, currently working as a customer engagement manager at MSD Animal Health. Cathrine grew up on a sheep farm in Southern Denmark and through the years gained sheep management experience in indoor and outdoor lambing systems, among others in New Zealand and Denmark. Her Master’s thesis investigated the prevalence of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma in Denmark, a joined project between Copenhagen University and Moredun Research Institute. She qualified as a veterinarian from Copenhagen University in 2017 and was awarded a PhD in 2022 by the University of Edinburgh, SRUC and AgResearch, New Zealand for her studies of triplet lamb survival. Her work investigated farmers’ management practices and attitudes towards triplet lambs and investigating strategies to understand and improve placental nutrient transport capacity, thermoregulatory abilities, birthweight, and behaviour of triplet lambs. Cathrine’s specialist interests are early life development, lambing management and developing ways to improve knowledge transfer to farmers and veterinarians.

Estrada, Agustín

Agustín Estrada-Peña (born 1959) is Professor of Zoonoses in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zaragoza (Spain). His work is devoted to capture the finely tuned ecological relationships between ticks, environment, hosts and pathogens, using diverse methods: from satellite images recording environmental conditions, to the study of the rewiring of the molecular machinery of ticks shaped by pathogens. His goals are the incorporation of mathematical tools commonly used in other fields into the description of the ecology and epidemiology of ticks. He is deeply concerned with the climate trends and the human modifications of the habitat, impacting the circulation of tick-transmitted pathogens. He is currently serving as Subject Editor in two journals and is co-author or co-editor of scientific papers and books, with an h-index of about 60.

Evans, Neil

Neil has been working with, and around, sheep all of his life, initially in an agricultural setting but for over 30 years as a research model. The sheep is an excellent model for the human and the research conducted by Neil and colleagues has used ovine models to investigate the mechanisms that control reproduction, effects of stress and how steroid exposure before we are born can shape our adult health. For over 25 years Neil has been investigating the effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on physiological function using ovine models Initial studies concentrated on single chemical exposures but with colleagues from other universities in the UK and the USA he is currently working with a model of real-life, mixed-chemical exposure and it’s effects on reproduction and metabolism. The results of this model have shown sex specific effects of developmental exposure to chemical mixtures which may explain some changes that have been observed in human and wildlife health.

Fraile, Lorenzo

Lorenzo José Fraile Sauce is associate professor at the Department of Animal Science in the University of Lleida (UdL) and a Senior Researcher at the Agrotecnio Research Center since 2010. From 1997 to 2004, he works as swine veterinarian for a big integration company in Spain and, from 2004 to 2010, as senior researcher at CReSA, Barcelona, Spain mainly developing and testing new drugs and vaccines for pigs. His research interest includes epidemiology, pharmacology and immunology focused on developing new tools to control bacterial and viral diseases in livestock. He is member of the European College of Porcine Health and Management and European expert to evaluate drugs and vaccines for animals in the European Union. He has published 125 papers in peer-review journals.

Ganter, Martín


GANTER, Martin, Prof. Dr.


Clinic for Swine and Small Ruminants,
University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover,
Bischofsholer Damm 15,
30173 Hannover,

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Male, 24 November 1959


Dates (From-To)                      Establishment                        Degree awarded

1979-84                                   University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
                                                                                     Veterinary approbation
1985-86                                   University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
                                                                                     Dr. med. et.


Recognition as German Specialist in Pig Diseases (1990)

Recognition as German Specialist in Diseases of Small Ruminants (1994)

Recognition as German Specialist in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostic (1996)
Award of "Venia legendi" in Diseases of Small Ruminants and in Laboratory Diagnostic by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (1996)

Founding Dip. ECSRHM (2008)


Dates (From-To)           

1985-96                          University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover -       Res. Assistant
1996-98                          University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
                                               Head of Field Station for Epidemiology in Bakum
1998-present                  University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover
                                      Professor for Diseases of Small Ruminants and                                                    for Laboratory Diagnostics

1999-present                  Head of Small Ruminant Health Service Hannover

2000-2012                       Head of the School for Vet. Med. Technical Assistants

08.05.1998 – 20.05.15     Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the German Small

 Ruminant Veterinary Association  (DVG KlWdk)

30.10. 2011-24.10.2012 Vice-President of the ECSRHM

08.02.2013 – present        Member of the Committee for Ruminants of the Federal

    Chamber of Veterinarians (BTK) of Germany

25.10.2014-2017              President of the ECSRHM

01.10.2015 – present        Member Fed. Permanent Vaccination Commission (StIKoVet)


González de Bulnes, Antonio


González Zorn, Bruno


González, José María

José María González-Sainz

He has been working with sheep in a full time, in Gabinete Técnico Veterinario SL, since he graduated at the Veterinary Faculty of Zaragoza in 1996. He works as advisor on sheep production (management, nutrition, reproduction and sanitary matters) for farmers, cooperatives, regional governments, veterinary groups and laboratories. In 2014, he obtained the Diploma of the European College of Small Ruminant Health and Management. He achieved the Philosophical Doctor degree from Veterinary Faculty of Zaragoza University (Spain) in 2016, with a distinction “cum laude”, for a research developed on ovine respiratory complex. He is coordinator of the Program for the Reasonable Use of Antibiotics in Sheep and Goats in Spain since 2018 within the National Plan against Antibiotic Resistance (PRAN). Nowadays, He combines his activities as advisor with his work as associated lecturer at the Veterinary Faculty of Zaragoza University. Finally, he is member of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Society of Sheep and Goat Production (SEOC) and the Tierras Ovino – Pequeños Rumiantes journal from 2012.      

Hufnagel, Holly

Holly Hufnagel is a veterinarian and agricultural economist with particular interest in the development of livestock value chains and primary animal health care services. She works for th European Commission for the control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD) of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) as coordinator of the project Sustainable Business in Animal Health Service Provision through Training for Veterinary Paraprofessionals. The project is a joint collaboration with the World Veterinary Association and HealthforAnimals, implemented in Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa. Prior to joining EuFMD; Holly worked for 8 years for a consultany firm based in Germany, where she managed a portfolio of donor-funded projects focussing on livestock and agricultural development in francophone Africa.

Jansen, Jocelyn

Jocelyn’s education and experience includes a Bachelor of Science (University of Guelph, 1987), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (University of Guelph, 1994) and a Doctor of Veterinary Science in Ruminant Health Management (University of Guelph, 2000). She then began working with the provincial government as the Lead Veterinarian Animal Health & Welfare for small ruminants. The position provides leadership, scientific expertise, coordination, and extension in policy/program development for provincial biosecurity, the prevention and surveillance of small ruminant diseases, welfare, and zoonotic hazards. In 2008, she helped organize veterinary practitioners with an interest in small ruminants to form the Small Ruminant Veterinarians of Ontario. She helped develop and teach a course on small ruminant euthanasia to small ruminant producers in Ontario (in-class and hands-on learning). Jocelyn is the co-lead of the Ontario Animal Health Small Ruminant Network, a disease surveillance program created to enhance preparedness, early detection, and response to animal diseases.

Lacasta, Delia

Delia Lacasta graduated from the Veterinary School of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1995. From that moment on, she began working with sheep full-time, first on a 2,500-animal sheep farm, where she managed the farm for two years, and later in an Association for the Sanitary Defense of sheep and goats located in the south of the province of Huesca, Spain, which had more than 20,000 sheep. She was working there for more than 13 years. At the same time, she developed a doctorate in respiratory disorders in lambs, culminating in 2006 with a Cum Laude qualification. In 2005 she began working at the university as a part-time associate lecturer.
Since 2010, she has been working as a full-time lecturer at the Veterinary School of Zaragoza, Spain, in charge of the Ruminant Clinical Service of this School (SCRUM), where more than 400 animals are received annually. Currently, she has around 70 publications in journals indexed in the JCR and more than 80 in other national and international journals, in addition to more than 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. She has been a Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health and Management (ECSRHM) since 2011, being involved in its management bodies since 2013 and currently holding the position of president.

López, Mónica

Mónica López Fanarraga (MLF) is a Full Professor at the University of Cantabria in Molecular Biology and the head of the Research Group "Nanomedicine" at the Health Institute Valdecilla-IDIVAL. During her scientific career of more than 30 years, she has carried out research in laboratories in 4 countries and 5 different universities.

Among the more than 60 peer-reviewed MLF publications, there are contributions in journals such as Nature, JCB, ACS Nano, or Angew Chem. MLF has 4 patents and has participated in > 30 competitive national/international research projects, and has led 7 in nanomedicine in the last 10 years. MLF is a member of international (COST) and Marie Curie Doctoral networks; has been/is the tutor of 10 post-doctoral researchers, has directed more than 20 postgraduate/master theses, and 13 defended Ph.D. theses. In March 2022, the Spanish Platform for Innovation in Health Technologies (Fenin) awarded MLF the “2022 Best Researcher Award” for contributions made in the field of nanomedicine. (Updated info at:

Lovatt, Fiona

Fiona Lovatt BVSc PhD DSHP FHEA DipECSRHM MRCVS runs Flock Health Ltd, a sheep veterinary consultancy business ( that works collaboratively with vets, farmers, processors, retailers and pharmaceutical companies, primarily in UK but also further afield. She is a European Recognised Specialist in small ruminant health and production, a clinical associate professor at the University of Nottingham, a past president of the Sheep Veterinary Society and she currently chairs the UK Sheep Antibiotic Guardian Group.
Fiona is particularly passionate about getting pro-active veterinary involvement on sheep farms and spends much of her time enthusing both vets and sheep farmers to interact better through both proactive individual flock health planning and Flock Health Clubs.

Majyambere, Denis


University of Rwanda- Nyagatare Campus, P.O. Box: 57 Nyagatare, Rwanda

Phone: +250788491895 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Denis is trained as a veterinarian with a masters ‘degree in global health delivery. He offers a combination of project management skills, gender analysis and community engagement skills, technical understanding of infectious diseases, application of global health equity principles and knowledge in livestock health, biosecurity and poultry production systems strengthening. He is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the College of Agriculture, Animal sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda and the gender contact person for UR- Nyagatare Campus. He brings at least 9 years of working with various international and regional development organizations, building community capacities in livestock husbandry practices, livestock health and vaccination and, for the last two years engaged in gender related research activities. He is currently the PI for a 3 year UNDP-GEF, Small Grant Program in collaboration with Single Sparks from the Netherlands and also the Rwanda Country Lead for a 4-year IDRC Gender and Livestock Innovations grant in collaboration with the AFROHUN network: Action research to support women’s agency and empowerment in livestock vaccine distribution, delivery and use in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. At the UR- School of Veterinary Medicine, he directs courses in poultry, swine and small ruminant medicine and, veterinary extension.


Masters of Science in Global Health delivery (MGHD)                                        May 2017

University of Global Health Equity Kigali, Rwanda

Bachelors of Veterinary Medicine (BVM)                                                                Dec 2012 University of Rwanda, College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Nyagatare, Rwanda


  • 2013- 2017: Tutorial Assistant, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda
  • 2013-2017: Project Assistant Coordinator, Social Economic Improvement through crop and livestock integration, University of Rwanda.
  • 2017- Current: Assistant Lecturer, University of Rwanda
  • 2017- Current: Gender Focal Person, University of Rwanda- Nyagatare Campus
  • 2019- Current: PI, Building the capacity of rural farmers to produce low cost poultry feeds using feed calculator App, and Poultry Manure Compositing in Mareba, Ntarama, Nyamata and Shyara Sectors of Bugesera District. Funded by UNDP through the GEF-SGP program.
  • 2020- Current: Rwanda Country Lead- SheVax Project, IDRC/Gender and Livestock Vaccine Innovation Grant


  • Social Economic Improvement through crop and livestock integration, University of June 2013- Sept 2018. (1,000,000 Euros)
  • Effect of using feed calculator Broiler Ration vs Commercial Feed ration on Broiler Chicken Production in Rwanda- June 2017- Jan 2019 (5,000 Euros)
  • Building the capacity of rural farmers to produce low cost poultry feeds using feed calculator App, and Poultry Manure Compositing in Mareba, Ntarama, Nyamata and Shyara Sectors of Bugesera Funded by UNDP through the GEF-SGP program. Feb 2019- July 2021 ($23,000)


Selected relevant publications                                                                     


  1. Mukamana, L., Rosenbaum, M., Schurer, J., Miller, B., Niyitanga, F., Majyambere, D., Kabarungi, M., & Amuguni, H. (2022). Barriers to livestock vaccine use among rural female smallholder farmers of Nyagatare District in Rwanda. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 17(1), 153–175.
  2. Gannaway T, Majyambere D, Kabarungi M, Mukamana L, Niyitanga F, Schurer J, Miller B, Amuguni H. (2022). Using Outcome Mapping to Mobilize Critical Stakeholders for a Gender Responsive Rift Valley Fever and Newcastle Disease Vaccine Value Chain in Rwanda. Front Glob Women’s Health. 3:732292. doi: 10.3389/fgwh.2022.732292. PMID: 35515140; PMCID: PMC9062815
  3. Majyambere D., Kabarungi M., Janna M. S., Mukamana L., Niyitanga F., Miller B., Amuguni J.H. (2022). Women participation in and benefit from RVF livestock vaccine value chain; current situation and barriers in Nyagatare District, Rwanda. (In press)
  4. Francis, M., Denis, M., Janvier M., & Xavier R. (2016). Characterization of low cost village Poultry production in Rwanda, International Journal of Livestock Production 7(9), 76–82.
  5. Francis, M., Richard, H., Thomas, S., & Denis, M. (2016). Characterization of layer poultry production in Rwanda. International Journal of Agricultural Sciences ISSN 2167–447, 6(10), pp. 1148-1156.
  6. Mbuza, Francis & Majyambere, Denis & Harerimana, Leonce. (2016). Assessment of Risk and Sustainability in Integration of Pig and Poultry Production into Cropping Systems in Rwanda. J Anim Pro Adv 2016, 6(4): 934-942. DOI: 10.5455/japa.20160417062011
  7. Mbuza, F., Majyambere, D., Ayabagabao, J. D., & Dutuze, M. F. (2016). Inventory of pig production systems in Rwanda. International Journal of Livestock Production, 7(7), 41-47.
  8. Majyambere D., Mahoro J., Dusingizimana Christine., Uwamahoro A., Ntawabuzi M. (2022). Can commercial small holder poultry farmers use and adopt the feed calculator, a mobile phone based application for on-farm feed formulation; Case of Bugesera District in Rwanda. (In press)

Mangiagalli, Giulia

Dr. Giulia Mangiagalli graduated at the University of Milan of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. She completed a Rotating Internship in companion animals medicine and surgery and, a visiting period at the University of Barcelona of Veterinary Medicine, following Internal Medicine and Clinical Pathology departments. After some years of both companion animals’ clinical and laboratory activity, she decided to dedicate her career exclusively to the Clinical Pathology, attending the European College of Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ECVCP) Residency program (2019-2022) working in an Italian commercial laboratory. Now, she works at the Gran Sasso Veterinary Hospital (Milan, Italy) as clinical pathologist-in-chief of the internal laboratory and collaborates with the University of Milan of Veterinary Medicine as clinical pathology specialist.

Mapitse, Néo

McNeilly, Tom

Dr Tom McNeilly, a qualified veterinary surgeon, is Director of Research and Innovation and Head of Disease Control at the Moredun Research Institute. He is an immunologist and infectious disease biologist with expertise in translational aspects of ruminant immunology, including vaccine development and population-based studies on immune variation in livestock species. He has been involved in the development vaccines to control parasitic, viral and bacterial infections in both cattle and sheep, including those which have progressed to field evaluation. His work has used advanced surgical and culture-based methods in ruminant species to define key host-pathogen interactions at the mucosal interface, and has identified several heritable immune biomarkers in ruminants associated with increased resistance to disease. He has published over 100 refereed publications in international peer-reviewed journals.

  His current interests are: 1. The use of in vivo and in vitro study systems to understand host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces; 2. The development of vaccines against major endemic pathogens of sheep and cattle, including gastro-intestinal parasites and the ruminant Hazard Group 3 pathogens Coxiella burnetii and Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC); 3. The epidemiology of these pathogens in terms of optimal vaccine deployment and/or assessment of zoonotic risk; 4. The causes and consequences of immune variation in in ruminant populations including trade-offs between productivity and immune function.

Moreno, Gerardo


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Agroforestry system, Dehesa, Soil-plant relations, Root systems, Soil water, Nutrient uptake, Soil Carbon, Ecosystem services

A.2. Education

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PhD Biological Science

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A.3. JCR articles, h Index, thesis supervised.

4 Research periods (last 2009-2014) + 1 Transference-of-knowledge period with positive evaluation

7 PhD supervised (+ 2 awaiting date for the defence + 2 in course)

134 peer-review papers (84 in Q1). Number of citations: 4187 (h-index = 36 (Core collection of WoS).


Part B. CV SUMMARY (max. 3500 characters, including spaces)

PhD in Biology, professor of Agrochemistry, Soil Science and Ecosystem Services at the Forestry School of the University of Extremadura (UEX), and director of the INDEHESA Unit (Institute of Research for Dehesa and Silvopastoralism). After his formation on Forest Biogeochemistry in Salamanca (IRNA-CSIC; 2000-2004) and France (CEFE-CNRS, Montpellier; 2005-2006), he started to work in the UEX in 1999. He is specialist in agroforestry science, soil-plant relationships and the dynamic and management of soil resources, with long experience on the study of the functioning and management of agroforestry systems and strategies for the mitigation and adaptation to climate change, with main focus on understanding the contribution of trees to the productivity, functioning and provision of ecosystem services of Iberian Dehesas, under different management schemes.

He has coordinated four projects funded by Spanish Research Programs (one on course, PID2019-108313RB-C31) and participated in another four. He has also a long experience (> 20 years) working in European projects, with three on course: DIGITAF (Agroforestry to meet climate, biodiversity and farming sustainability goals; HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01), RE-LIVESTOCK (Facilitating Innovations for Resilient Livestock Farming Systems; HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01) and RELIVE (Back to the Future: Reintegrating Land and Livestock for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Circularity; 2021 JOINT CALL ERA-NET Cofund).

He is author of 134 papers published in journal internationally recognized (SCI) in the area of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, such as Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, Plant and Soil, Forest Ecology and Management, Biogeoscience, Science of the Total Environment, Sustainability Science, Agroforestry systems, Remote Sensing of Environment, Global Biology Change, Nature Communications and Science. He has worked with scientist of > 20 countries, and currently works in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry (Alemania), focused on the response of dehesas to global change.


C.1. Publications (only last 25 papers SCI)

Helfenstein, J., Bürgi, M., Debonne, N., … Moreno, G., … Herzog, F. Farmer surveys in Europe suggest that specialized, intensive farms were more likely to perceive negative impacts from COVID-19. Agron. Sustain. Dev. 42, 84 (2022).

Luo, Y., Pacheco-Labrador, J., Richardson, A.D., …  Moreno, G., … Migliavacca, M. 2022. Evergreen broadleaf greenness and its relationship with leaf flushing, aging, and water fluxes, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 323, 109060,

Arenas-Corraliza, M.G., López-Díaz, M.L. Rolo, V., Cáceres, Y., Moreno, G. 2022. Phenological, morphological and physiological drivers of cereal grain yield in Mediterranean agroforestry systems, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 40, 108158.

Encinas‐Valero, M., Esteban, R., Hereş, A. M., Vivas, M., Fakhet, D., Aranjuelo, I., Solla, A., Moreno, G. & Curiel Yuste, J. (2022). Holm oak decline is determined by shifts in fine root phenotypic plasticity in response to belowground stress. New Phytologist 235: 2237-2251

Reyes-Palomo, C., Aguilera, E., Llorente, M., Díaz-Gaona, C., Moreno, G., & Rodríguez-Estévez, V. (2022). Carbon sequestration offsets a large share of GHG emissions in dehesa cattle production. Journal of Cleaner Production, 358, 131918

Molina, Antonio J., Rafael M. Navarro-Cerrillo, Javier Pérez-Romero, Reyes Alejano, Juan F. Bellot, Juan A. Blanco, Jesús J. Camarero, Arnaud Carrara, Víctor M. Castillo, Teresa Cervera, Gonzalo G. Barberá, María González-Sanchis, Álvaro Hernández, Juan B. Imbert, María N. Jiménez, Pilar Llorens, Manuel E. Lucas-Borja, Gerardo Moreno, Mariano Moreno-de las Heras, Francisco B. Navarro, Guillermo Palacios, Noemí Palero, María A. Ripoll, David Regües, Francisco J. Ruiz-Gómez, Alberto Vilagrosa, and Antonio D. del Campo. 2021. "SilvAdapt.Net: A Site-Based Network of Adaptive Forest Management Related to Climate Change in Spain" Forests 12, no. 12: 1807.

Jeanneret, P., Lüscher, G., Schneider, M.K., … Moreno, G., … Herzog, F. 2021. An increase in food production in Europe could dramatically affect farmland biodiversity. Commun Earth Environ 2, 183.

Martini D; Sakowska K; Wohlfart G; Pacheco-Labrador J; Van der TOl C; Porcar-Castell A; Magney T; Carrara A; Colombo R; El-Madany T; Gonzalez-Gascon R; Martin MP; Tommaso J; Moreno G; Rascher U; Reichstein M; Rossini M; Migliavacca M. 2022. Heatwave breaks down the linearity between sun-induced fluorescence and gross primary production. New Phytologist 233: 2415–2428; DOI: 10.1111/nph.17920.

Plieninger T; Flinzberger L; Hetman M; Horstmannshoff I; Reinhard-Kolempas M; Topp E; Morneo G; Huntsinger L. 2021. Dehesas as high nature value farming systems: a social-ecological synthesis of drivers, pressures, state, impacts, and responses. Ecology and Society 26 - 3, pp. 23. DOI: 10.5751/ES-12647-260323

Rolo V; Roces-Diaz JV; Torralba M; Kay S; Fagerholm N; Aviron S; Burgess PJ; Crous-Duran J; Ferreiro_Dominguez N; Graves A; Hartel T; Mantzanas K; Mosquea-LOsada MR; Palma J; Sidiropoulou A; Szerencsits E; Viaud V; Herzog F; Plieninger T; Moreno G. Forest and agroforestry mixtures alleviate trade-offs of ecosystem services in European rural landscapes. Ecosystem Services. 50, pp. 101318. 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2021.101318

Phillips HRP. Global data on earthworm abundance, biomass, diversity and corresponding environmental properties. Scientific Data. 8 - 136, NATURE, 2021. DOI: 10.1038/s41597-021-00912-z

El‐Madany TS; Reichstein M; Carrara A; Martín MP; Moreno G; Gonzalez‐Cascon R; Penuelas J; Ellsworth DS; Burchard-Levine V; Hammer TW; Knauer J; Kolle O; Luo YP; Pacheco-Labrador J; Nelson JA; Perez-Priego O; Rolo V; Wutzler T; Migliavacca M. How Nitrogen and Phosphorus Availability Change Water Use Efficiency in a Mediterranean Savanna Ecosystem. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 126 - 5, pp. e2020JG006005. 2021. DOI: 10.1029/2020JG006005

Solla A; Moreno G; Malewski T; Jung T; Klisz M; Tkaczyk M; Siebyla M; Pérez A; Cubera E; Hrynyk H; Szulc W; Rutkowska B; Martín JA; Belbahri L; Oszako z. 2021. Phosphite spray for the control of oak decline induced by Phytophthora in Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 485, 118938.  DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2021.118938.

Encinas Valero M; Esteban E; Hereş AM; Becerril JM; García Plazaola JI; Artexe U; Vivas M; Solla A; Moreno G; Curiel Yuste J. 2021. Photoprotective compounds as early-markers to predict holm oak crown defoliation in declining Mediterranean savannahs. Tree Physiology. DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpab006

Bogdanovich E; Perez-Priego O; El-Madany TS.; Guderle M; Pacheco-Labrador J; Levick R; Moreno G; Carrara A; Martín MP; Migliavacca M. 2021. Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning for characterizing tree structural parameters and their changes under different management in a Mediterranean open woodland. Forest Ecology and Management, 486, 118945. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2021.118945

Moreno G; Hernández-Esteban A; Rolo V; Igual M. The enduring effects of sowing legume rich mixtures on the soil microbial community and soil carbon in semi arid wood pastures. Plant & Soil. 465, pp. 563 - 582. 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-021-05023-7

Lopez-Diaz, M. Lourdes; Benitez, Rafael; Rolo, Victor; Moreno, Gerardo. Managing high quality timber plantations as silvopastoral systems: tree growth, soil water dynamics and nitrate leaching risk. NEW FORESTS. 51 - 6, pp. 985 - 1002. SPRINGER, 01/11/2020. ISSN 0169-4286 DOI: 10.1007/s11056-020-09770-w

Pacheco-Labrador, J., El-Madany, T. S., van der Tol, C., Martin, M. P., Gonzalez-Cascon, R., Perez-Priego, O., Guan, J., Moreno, G., Carrara, A., Reichstein, M., Migliavacca, M. (2021). senSCOPE: Modeling mixed canopies combining green and brown senesced leaves. Evaluation in a Mediterranean Grassland. Remote Sensing of Environment, 257, 112352. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2021.112352

Pacheco-Labrador J, El-Madany, TS, Martin MP, Gonzalez-Cascon R, Carrara A, Moreno G, Perez-Priego O, Hammer T, Moossen H, Henkel K, Kolle O, Martini D, Burchard V,  Van Der Tol C, Segl K, Reichstein M, Migliavacca M (2021). Combining hyperspectral remote sensing and eddy covariance data streams for estimation of vegetation functional traits. Biogeosciences Discussions, 1-38. DOI: 10.5194/bg-2019-501

El‐Madany, T. S., Reichstein, M., Carrara, A., Martín, M. P., Moreno, G., Gonzalez‐Cascon, R., ... & Migliavacca, M. (2021). How Nitrogen and Phosphorus Availability Change Water Use Efficiency in a Mediterranean Savanna Ecosystem. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, e2020JG006005. DOI: 10.1029/2020JG006005

Gaytán, Á., Bautista, J. L., Bonal, R., Moreno, G., & González-Bornay, G. (2021). Trees Increase Ant Species Richness and Change Community Composition in Iberian Oak Savannahs. Diversity, 13(3), 115. DOI: 10.3390/d13030115

Pardo A, Rolo V, Concepción ED, ... Moreno G. 2020. To what extent does the European common agricultural policy affect key landscape determinants of biodiversity?. Environmental Science & Policy, 114, 595-605. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2020.09.023

Varela E, Pulido F, Moreno G, Zavala MA. 2020. Targeted policy proposals for managing spontaneous forest expansion in the Mediterranean. J Appl Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13779

Arenas-Corraliza MG, López-Díaz ML, Rolo V, Moreno G. 2020. Wheat and barley cultivars show plant traits acclimation and increase grain yield under simulated shade in Mediterranean conditions. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, doi: 10.1111/jac.12465.

El-Madany T, Carrara A, Kolle O, Moreno G, … Migliavacca M. 2020. Drought and Heatwave Impacts on Semi-Arid Ecosystems’ Carbon Fluxes along a Precipitation Gradient. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 375: 20190519 doi: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0519

Giannitsopoulos ML, Graves AR, Burgess PJ, Crous-Duran J, Moreno G, … García de Jalón S. 2020. Whole system valuation of arable, agroforestry and tree-only systems at three case study sites in Europe, Journal of Cleaner Production, 269, 122283. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.122283

Arenas-Corraliza I, Nieto A, Moreno G. 2020. Automatic mapping of tree crowns in scattered-tree woodlands using low-density LiDAR data and infrared imagery. Agroforestry Systems, doi: 10.1007/s10457-020-00517-2

Yousefi A, Ghahramany L, Ghazanfari H, Pulido F, Moreno G. 2020. Biometric indices of wild pistachio (Pistacia atlantica Desf.) trees under resin extraction in Western Iran. Agroforestry Systems doi: 10.1007/s10457-020-00518-1

Nair RK, Morris KA., Migliavacca M, Moreno G, Schrumpf M. 2020. Plant-available N: P alters root litter N recycling in a Mediterranean tree–grass ecosystem. Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science, doi: 10.1002/jpln.202000097

Luo Y, El-Madany T, Ma X, Nair R, Jung M, Weber U, Filippa G, Bucher SF, Moreno G, … Migliavacca M. 2020. Nutrients and water availability constrain the seasonality of vegetation activity in a Mediterranean ecosystem. Global Change Biology, 26:4379–4400. _ doi: 10.1111/gcb.15138

Rolo V, Hartel T, Aviron S, … Moreno G. 2020. Challenges and innovations for improving the sustainability of European agroforestry systems of high nature and cultural value: stakeholder perspectives. Sustainability Science, doi: 10.1007/s11625-020-00826-6

Concepción ED, Aneva I, Jay M, Lukanov S, Marsden K, Moreno G, … Díaz M. 2020. Optimizing biodiversity gain of European agriculture through regional targeting and adaptive management of conservation tools. Biological Conservation, doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108384

Kitz F, Spielmann FM, Hammerle A, Kolle O, Migliavacca M, Moreno G, Ibrom A, Krasnov D, Noe SM, Wohlfahrt G (2020) Soil COS exchange: a comparison of three European ecosystems. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, e2019GB006202. doi: 10.1029/2019GB006202

C.2. Research projects on course coordinated by Gerardo Moreno

ADAPT_TGA: Nuevas tendencias en el manejo adaptativo de la dehesa: conectando diversidad funcional, producción de pastos y flujos de carbono (PID2019-108313RB-C31), funded by Spanish Research Agency (Coordinator of three-partner Project). 2020-2023 (167000 €)

Back to Future: Reintegrating land and livestock for greenhouse gas mitigation and circularity (PCI2021-122100-2A), funded by ERA-NET (2021 JOINT CALL ERA-NET; Cofund SusAn, FACCE ERA-GAS, ICT-AGRI-FOOD and SusCrop). Coordinator of the Spanish team. 2021-2024 (160000 €)

Agroforestry to meet climate, biodiversity and farming sustainability goals (DIGITAF); HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01. Coordinator of the Spanish team. 2022-2025 (147176).

Facilitating Innovations for Resilient Livestock Farming Systems (RE-LIVESTOCK); HORIZON-CL6-2021-CLIMATE-01. Coordinator of the Spanish team. 2022-2026 (263781).

C.3. Contracts on course coordinated by Gerardo Moreno

Small and large scale manipulation experiment in dehesa ecosystems, funded by MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, Jena, Germany. 2104 – Continue (16170 € per year).

Herramientas Software para la Generación, Gestión e Integración de Planes Periurbanos de Prevención de Incendios. Proyecto PIROMAPEX, funded by the company JOGOSA OBRAS Y SERVICIOS S.L.U. 2021-2022 (10 000 €).

GO-GRASS Grassland Restoration Assesment for Sustainable Services, dunded by  TAGUS - Asociación para el Desarrollo de tajo-Salor-Almonte, 2020-2022 (14000 €).

C.4. Evaluation Commission

Collaboration with the Spanish State Research Agency (AEI; before named ANEP) for the Area of Agriculture, as expert in Forest Science (January 2016-June2019)

Expert (2009-2018) and coordinator (2015- continue) for the Agency of the Evaluation of the Research in Castilla-León, for the area of Agriculture and Forestry.

C.5. Peer-Review of Scientific papers (Member of Editorial Board where highlighted with bold)

Agricultural Systems; Agricultural Water Management; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment , Agroforestry Systems; Applied Vegetation Science; Catena; Ecological Engineering; Ecological Modelling; Ecosystems; European Journal Forest Research; Forest Ecology and Management; Forest Systems; Journal Arid Environment; Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science; Journal of Cleaner Production; Journal Forest Research; Land Degradation and Development; Land Use Policy; New Forest; Plant and Soil; Plos One; Regional Environmental Change; Restoration Ecology; Science of the Total Environment; Small Ruminant Research

C6. Dissemination and Transfer

Member of (i) Observatory for Climate Change (Region of Extremadura) since 2011, (ii) scientific board of FEDEHESA (Spanish Association of Dehesa Farmers) since 2015; scientific board of UGAVAN (Spanish Association of Cow Breeders) since 2016.

30 conferences for stakeholder auditoriums, 10 articles in specialized journals (Foresta, Ambienta, Agricultura Ecologica, Montes, Innovations Agronomiques…) and collaboration in TV/radio programs (TV2, Canal Extremadura, Canal ARTE (France/Germany), Radio France Internationale, BBC online …)

Muñoz, Cristina

Muñoz, Pilar María

Researcher responsible of the brucellosis research line at the Animal Science Department of Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragon (CITA) in Zaragoza, Spain. Specialized in development of brucellosis vaccines, diagnostic techniques, epidemiological relationships and control and eradication strategies. Collaborator with the Government of Aragon (Spain) in the official brucellosis eradication campaings and surveillance programs in wildlife. Consultor and trainer on brucellosis issues for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) and AGROTEC (EuropeAid).

Felix Njeumi

Dr Njeumi Felix is a Cameroonian and holding a PhD in epidemiology and control of zoonosis from Bologne University (Italy), DVM from Parme University (Italy) and Bachelor in Natural Science from Yaounde University (Cameroon).

Is currently FAO coordinator of the FAO/OIE joint Global Secretariat for the Peste des petits ruminants Global Eradication Programme. Has served as the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme (GREP) Secretary from 2007 to 2011 when the disease was globally eradicated. Before joining FAO, he has worked with African Union, NGOs and local government as epidemiologist, disease manager and projects coordinator.

He was awarded by the 39th FAO Conference for his upstanding contribution to rinderpest eradication. In 2015, he was awarded as veterinary of the year by Parme University in Italy for his contribution to veterinary science. In 2018 he was awarded by the government of Côte d’Ivoire as “commandeur de l’ordre national du mèrite agricole”. In March 2022, he was awarded by the African Union Commission for his contribution to rinderpest eradication and improving animal health in Africa. Between 2005 and 2022, he also received almost 22 awards from several governments, institutions, NGOs.

He speak fluently English, French, Italian, Spanish and several local languages of Cameroun. He has published more than 25 peer reviews papers and authors of several books as well as attended and present/chair several international conferences. Currently writing with colleagues the book on “Rinderpest and its eradication”. Assistance professor in Bologne University (Italy). He is visiting scientist in several universities around the world.  He has visited more than 140 countries to advise and assist governments and international institutions to control transboundary animal diseases, improve livestock sector, trade, pastoralist, public health and agricultural development among other. He is also member of several ad hoc groups, working groups, steering committees addressing transboundary animal diseases, trade and pastoralist.

Perea, Jose


Pérez, Valentín

Valentín Pérez. DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP, Dipl. ECSRHM,

Valentín Pérez is at present Professor at the Department of Animal Health (Pathology) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of León (Spain). He got his degree in Veterinary Medicine, with honours, at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 1988 where he obtained his PhD on ovine paratuberculosis four years later. From 2011 is Diplomate of the “European College of Small Ruminant Animal Health and Management” (ECSRHM), and since February 2017, he is also Diplomate of the “European College of Veterinary Pathologists” (ECVP). He has developed his career at the Universities of Zaragoza (Spain), Moredun Research Institute (Scotland, UK) and at the University of León from 1995. He has done research stages at the Cornell and California-Davis Universities (USA). He has been involved in teaching in the Veterinary Medicine degree and several specialization courses and masters, mainly related with pathology of small ruminant diseases. He participates actively in the Diagnostic Service (Pathology) of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leon. His research activities have been focused on diseases caused by intracellular pathogens, mainly those caused by mycobacteria (paratuberculosis) or protozoa (toxoplasmosis, neosporosis), in sheep and goats. Moreover, he actively collaborates with practitioners, pharmaceutical companies or farmers associations in advising and formative activities. At present, he has published more than 200 articles, and about 140 of them in peer-reviewed indexed journals. He has participated in several research projects funded by local, national or European institutions. He is the coordinator of the Research group “Interaction host-pathogen in ruminant diseases” of this University, awarded as “Consolidated Research Unit” by the local education authorities (Junta de Castilla y León). He has been involved in the organization of national and international scientific meetings and is member of several professional and scientific associations, including the Spanish bovine (ANEMBE) and small ruminant (SEOC) societies where is involved in the board.

Plee, Ludovic

Quintas, Hélder

Hélder Quintas graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the Universidade de Trás- os - Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Portugal, in 2003 and from his first job he started working in ACRIGA a Ruminants Breeder Healthy Group, located in the North of Portugal, with more than 60.000 sheep and goats. There he worked for more than 12 years.
In 2006 he started working at the Escola Superior Agrária - Instituto Politecnico de Bragança (ESA-IPB), Portugal, as an invited lecturer, combining this with his work as practitioner.
Concurrently, he developed research projects to obtain the Master degree in 2010 and PhD in Veterinary Sciences (Animal Health) degree in 2015. It has also participated since 2013 providing training and technical support in several livestock projects in Guinea-Bissau.
Currently and since 2015, he is working as a full time lecturer at the ESA-IPB and researcher at Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), developing his work with small ruminant species.

Ripoll, Guillermo

Guillermo Ripoll is PhD in “Ingeniería Agraria, Alimentaria, Forestal y del Desarrollo Rural Sostenible” (Universities of Seville and Cordoba, 2020), Master in Agrifood Biotecnology (University of Avila, 2016), Agricultural Engineer (University of Avila, 2014 and Agricultural Technical Engineer, University of Zaragoza, 2000 ). Currently is a Technician or Research at the Animal Production and Health Unit in the Agri-Food Research Center of Aragon (CITA, Spain). Her researcher ORCID code is 0000-0001-8042-8688. His main research interests concern carcass, meat and meat products quality, including shelf-life, intrinsic and extrinsic quality cues and perception of consumers with a farm to fork approach. Areas or special interest are color and visual color perception and near infrared spectroscopy. His research group is “Sustainable Agrosilvopastoal and Food Systems (SAGAS) and previously was “Calidad y tecnología de la carne-A04”
His scientific activity has been developed within 47 research projects of regional (20, 8 as IP), national (24), international (3).
He has authored 125 peer-reviewed articles in SCI journals (Q1 52%, D1 25%), with 114 co-authors. His papers have 2314 citations (h-index: 25). He has published 72 technical papers, 15 book chapters, and presented 150 communications in national (84) and international (76) conferences. Also is co-inventor of the software Nodriza (registrered) and the utility model “Procedimiento de predicción de dureza de la carne de ganado vacuno mediante la detección de la mutación genética SNP98535683 (Thr182Ala) de la Calpastatina (CAST) y/o de la mutación genética SNP98545188 (CAST2)” (registered). He has directed 12 MsC and TFG.
He has refereed papers for scientific journals (Animals, Meat Science, Journal of Food Engineering, Journal of Animal Science, Livestock Science, Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research, Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, Animal, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, ITEA, Archivos de zootecnia, Iranian Journal of Applied Animal Science, Ciencia Rural, Pastos, Food Science & Nutrition, Foods y Veterinarski arhi. and more), acted as external evaluator for MSc and PhD thesis, and as independent project evaluator (FONCyT del Gobierno de Argentina). He is a Technic expert for EQA, Acerta and ACIE to certify I+D+I projects.
He is member of the Asociación Interprofesional para el Desarrollo Agrario-AIDA and the coordinator of “Product quality” section in the Jornadas sobre Producción Animal of AIDA from 2017 to currently, and the Red nacional cubana de pequeños rumiantes (RECUPER), and he is a member of the Editorial Board of Animals and ITEA.
He has given class to students of International Master of Animal Nutrition of CIHEAM in 2012, 2017 and 2018, four classes to student of Science and Technology of Food grade in the Veterinary Faculty of University of Zaragoza and two invited talks to meat sector.

Rodríguez-Estévez, Vicente

Dr. Vicente Rodríguez-Estévez is an associate professor at the Department of Animal Production in the University of Cordoba (UCO). He obtained his veterinary degree and Ph.D. from UCO. From 1995 to 2004, he worked as a swine veterinarian and advisor for several companies in Spain, and from 2004 to 2007 as a researcher at the Department of Animal Production in UCO, Spain mainly researching on dehesa (Iberian agroforestry ecosystem with extensive livestock), Iberian pig grazing, organic farming and sustainability. Since 2008 he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary at UCO. He is the Principal Investigator of the project LIFE LiveAdapt ( for the adaptation to climate change of extensive livestock systems in South Europe. Besides that, now he coordinates other three European projects at UCO: H2020 mEAT quality, LIFE Scrubnet and H2020 Humus. He leads the research group Cátedra de Producción Ecológica Ecovalia ( that investigates organic farming, animal welfare, carbon footprint and sustainability life cycle assessment. His recent research interest also includes benchmarking and volatilome focused on developing new tools to authenticate animal products and evaluate animal welfare and diseases.

Rojo, Francisco

Short CV – Francisco Rojo-Vázquez DVM PhD Dip EVPC

Full Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, University of Léon, Spain Degree in Vet. Medicine, León; PhD in Veterinary Parasitology

Dip European Veterinary Parasitology College

Assist. prof, Vet. Parasitology Faculty Vet. Med. U. Oviedo, León Lecturer, Vet. Parasitology Faculty Vet. Med. U. Oviedo, León Full Prof, Parasitology Faculty Pharmacy, Uni Salamanca

Full Prof, Vet. Parasitology Faculty Vet. Medicine, UCM; Faculty of Vet Med, Uni León Resch. scientist CSIC, IGM León

Visiting. Prof. Vet. Medicine UPENN Director CISA-INIA Madrid

Dir. Gen. Rsch., INIA

Fellow: Vet.Med. Assn. Spain Vicepresident WAHVM

Member of the Nat. Acad. Phamacy, Nat. Med. Profl. Acad., Nat. Vet. Acad., Acad CC Vet Castilla & León Research Activity – Publications – Original Data Papers

198 Papers in (peer-review) Journals – Int J Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance, Exp Parasitol, Parasites & Vectors, Parasite Immunol, Parasit Res, Animal, Parasites & Vectors, Parasite, Res & Rev Parasitol, Parasitology, Vet Parasitology, The Vet Rec, J App Res Vet Med, BMC Vet Res, Genetics, Selection & Evolution, Res Vet Sci, Vet Sci, Res Reviews, European J Med Chem

231 Non SCI scientific publications in – Acta Parasitol Portuguesa, Albéitar, , Albéitar Portugal, Med Vet, Rev Ibero- Latinoamericana de Parasitol, Rev Invest Agraria: Producción y Sanidad Animales, Asoc Interprof Des Agr, Mundo Ganadero, Tierras Ganadería, Tierras Ovino, 12th Cong of Mediterranean Fedr Health & Production of Ruminants, XIII Jorn Prod Anim, XII Cong Andaluz de Veterinarios, XLII Cong Nac y XVIII Int SEOC, XVI Cong Nac y VII Iber Hist Vet, Rev Ibér Parasitol

Books and/or Book Chapters (n=12) on Veterinary Parasitology – general, ruminants, horses

197 Conference abstracts to National and International Conferences 92 Invited lectures

37 Doctoral Degree Students Supervisor

67 Research projects supported by official and private organizations and institutions

Achievements include research in genetic resistance to the infection by GIN and LF in ruminants 

F Rojo-Vázquez León, November, 2022

Rosati, Sergio

Born in 1961, Graduated in Veterinary Medicine 1985. Research scientist at Department of Animal Productions, Epidemiology and Ecology 1990. Internship at the Molecular Virology Laboratory of the USDA Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE, USA 1992-3. Associate Professor in Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 1999. Full Professor in Infectious Diseases of Domestic Animals 2001 Director of Scientific Board of Philosophy Doctor programs at Veterinary Faculty of University of Turin 2006 Vice-head of Department of Veterinary Science with research responsibility 2013-18 Component for evaluation procedure of ASN (Abilitazione scientifica nazionale)07/H3 2012-4 Member of Scientific Committee of the STAR IDAZ International Research Consortium of Animal Health 2016. Author of 116 peer reviewed articles, H index 28, citation 2613 (source Scopus).

Rosso, Fabrizio

Dr Fabrizio Rosso is Deputy Executive Secretary of European Commission for the control of Foot and Mouth Disease. Since 2020, he is responsible for the implementation of the EuFMD programme supported by the European Commission and aimed at improving the preparedness to FMD and similar TADs crises of the 39 EuFMD Member Nations, reducing the risk in the European neighbourhood and sustaining the global FMD control strategy developed and implemented under GFTADs framework. He also supervises other programmes for veterinarians and para-professionals capacity building developed and implemented with different partners. He is assisted by four EuFMD committees on Surveillance and Research, Biorisk management, Prequalification of veterinary vaccine and a Standing Technical Committee.

He graduated in Veterinary Science in 2000 at the University of Turin, Italy with post graduate Specialization in Food Inspection at the University of Turin and in Animal Health and Livestock Hygiene at the University of Milan. In his past career, he covered the positions of Senior Veterinary officer at the Veterinary Regulation Directorate in Malta between 2012 – 2018, and in the Health Directorate in Piedmont Region (Italy) from 2001 and 2011. He was adjunct professor between 2007 and 2011 at the University of Turin, Veterinary Medicine Department with courses on“Exotic diseases, veterinary legislation and the public health system” and “Organization of the food chain controls” and national expert in 2007 in EU twinning project in Lithuania on the development of a national veterinary information management system.

Ruiz, Roberto

Roberto Ruiz (DVM, MSc, PhD) is a Researcher and the Head of Department of Animal Production in Neiker, the Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development. He obtained his degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1991 (Universidad de Zaragoza), a Master in Rural Development and Management of Agro-Food Enterprises (1994, ) and the doctorate in 2000 (Univ. Zaragoza). He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Ecology and Research Management (IERM, Univ. Edinburgh) in 2001-02, with 2-months stages in CIAT-Santa Cruz (Bolivia) and ILRI-Nairobi (Kenya). He joined Neiker in 2002 as a researcher, where has developed most of his career.  He works mainly in livestock farming systems and sustainability assesment within the framework of systems theory and agroecology to achieve more sustainable local food production and consumption patterns. He has also expertise in the development of decision support systems based on simulation and optimisation models, and animal welfare in small ruminants.

Sargison, Neil


Neil Sargison is Professor of Farm Animal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.  He qualified with BA and VetMB degrees from Cambridge University and its Veterinary School in 1984 and has subsequently gained considerable practical experience of farm animal veterinary practice, in particular working with beef cattle and sheep. 

He has interests in planned livestock production, health and welfare; and his list of about 230 scientific publications in refereed journals and similar number of grey-literature articles mostly refers of the diagnosis and management of production-limiting diseases of ruminant livestock.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons on the basis of a thesis, prepared while working at Massey University, New Zealand, describing ‘the importance of reticular groove closure to anthelmintic drug pharmacokinetics’, and holds the RCVS specialist Diploma in Sheep Health and Production, partly based on a dissertation describing clinical studies of sheep scab.  He has written a reference textbook, ‘Sheep Flock Health – a planned approach’, which outlines a practical and rational approach to the diagnosis and management of sheep diseases, and has edited, co-authored and contributed chapters to several other small ruminant, cattle and veterinary parasitology textbooks.

Neil Sargison’s principal research interest and primary undergraduate teaching responsibilities encompass veterinary parasitology, small ruminant production and veterinary education for international development; reflecting the importance of these topics in global food production, animal welfare and public health.  He was awarded a PhD by the University of Edinburgh in 2009 for a study describing the ‘development of genetic crossing methods to identify genes associated with macrocyclic lactone resistance in the small ruminant nematode parasite, Haemonchus contortus’.  Current parasitology research includes studies of: population genetics and multiplicity of infection of helminth parasites; Haemonchus genomics; anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal nematodes; roundworm control in farm animals; management of fluke parasites; antiprotozoal drug resistance; and control of small ruminant ectoparasites.  Additional small ruminant research includes studies of: sheep production in harsh environments; neonatal lamb survival; goat health and production; ‘black loss’ on Scottish hill farms; small ruminant and wildlife interactions; and management of infectious abortion in sheep.  His education research and outreach is focused on the development of veterinary, paraveterinary and livestock keeper education methods in developing agricultural economies, with several current programmes. Publications between 2000 and 2022 are available on Edinburgh Research Explorer.

Neil Sargison is a former president of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management and of the Sheep Veterinary Society.  He was the Scientific Organiser for the highly successful 9th International Sheep Veterinary Congress, held in the UK in 2017 with the theme of ‘sustainable global food security through efficient small ruminant production’.


Stillwell, George

Degree in Veterinary Medicine by the Lisbon University. PhD in “Evaluation and control of pain caused by routine intervention in cattle” (2009). Diplomate by the European College Bovine Health Management since 2003. Farm animal practitioner from 1986 to 2001. Currently lectures ‘Farm Animal Clinic’ and also ‘Deontology and Bioethics’ at the Lisbon University. Locum senior vet and lecturer at Massey University (2018-2019). Head of the “Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research Lab” (CIISA-FMV). National coordinator of the EU funded project AWIN-Animal Welfare Indicators and member of the project BovINe (Beef Innovation Network Europe), EVIEDVET and WELFARUMINANT. Hearing expert at EFSA working groups on calf and dairy cow health and welfare. Member of the Board of the Portuguese Veterinary Council.

Stuen, Snorre


Name: Snorre Stuen

Title: Professor; Head of Section

Work: Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Production Animal Clinical Sciences, Section of Small Ruminant Research, N-4325 Sandnes, Norway    


Master of Science (MSc), Bachelor degree (BSc) in zoology / mathematics, University of Trondheim, Trondheim, 1972-1980 

DVM, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, 1980-1984

Dr. scient. (PhD), Thesis: Tick-borne fever in sheep. A clinical and immunological study, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, 1990

Dr. philos, Thesis: Anaplasma phagocytophilum (formerly Ehrlichia phagocytophila) infection in sheep and wild ruminants in Norway, Norwegian School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, 2003

Diplomate ECSRHM (European College of Small Ruminant Health Management), 2009 -

Secretary ECSRHM, 2011-2017, Member of the examination committee, 2018 -

He has been working with small ruminant diseases and tick-borne infections for more than 35 years, especially A. phagocytophilum infection and is involved in more than 300 publications.  

Trengove, Colin

Colin is a lecturer and researcher in ruminant health and production at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Roseworthy campus, University of Adelaide, South Australia. He also runs a livestock consulting business, Pro Ag Consulting, founded in 1996 and focused on whole farm nutrition. He co-founded the APAL agricultural laboratory in Adelaide in 2000 to extend this interest in soil/plant/animal nutrition. A career interest in ruminant nutrition and health over 43 years spans employment in government, mixed veterinary practice, livestock consultancy and academia. Current research projects include the impact of macro and trace element nutrition on lamb and steer growth, factors impacting lamb loss and the influence of water quality on livestock performance. Colin & Deb have three adult children and five grandchildren which fortunately all live within 3 hours of their home in Adelaide.

Uzal, Francisco A.

Francisco A. Uzal, DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVP, is a Professor of Diagnostic Pathology and Branch Chief of the San Bernardino Laboratory of the California Animal Health and Food Safety, UCDavis. He is a leading expert on clostridial diseases of animals with special emphasis in enteric diseases, and a special interest in gastrointestinal diseases of horses, ruminants and other farm animals. Dr. Uzal has published ~ 280 articles in peer reviewed journals. He is the senior author of the chapter on “Alimentary Diseases”, for the 6th edition of “Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer’s Pathology of Domestic Animals” (2016, Elsevier) and the first author of the recently published textbook on Clostridial diseases of animals (2016, Wiley and Blackwell). He has also authored chapters on clostridial diseases in several traditional veterinary texbooks such as Diseases of Poultry, Diseases of Pigs and Textbook of Internal Medicine. He has an active NIH research program on clostridial diseases with special emphasis on enteric diseases produced by Clostridium perfringens. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and a member of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. He was the president of the Latin Comparative Pathology Group for 6 years; he was for 1.5 year the president of the Davis-Thompson Foundation and he is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the same Foundation. Dr Uzal is an Associated and Photo Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation and Anaerobe and member of the editorial board of several other journals.

Van Den Brom, René

René van den Brom was born on February 25th 1977 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and grew up in Abcoude, where he visited primary school "Nellestein". In 1989, he started high school at "Hervormd Lyceum Zuid" in Amsterdam, where he passed his VWO-exam. In 1997, he started his study Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University and obtained his degree in veterinary medicine (DVM) in 2004 with merit. During his study he was for one year (1999-2000) president of the Veterinary Students Association (DSK), and for two years (2001-2002) member of the Faculty board. In 2002, he received the "Intervet award", reached out annually at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine to a student who excellently contributed to integration among veterinary students.
In 2004, René started as a livestock veterinarian in veterinary practice "Het Westelijk Weidegebied" in Harmelen, which started working together with the veterinary practice of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht, in 2009.
In 2008, René started working part-time at Royal GD, Deventer, as veterinarian in small ruminant health. Due to the human Q fever outbreak with a suspected relation to dairy goats, a large portfolio of (veterinary) research started with the aim to obtain additional information on Coxiella burnetii infections in small ruminants, in which René participated from the beginning. Since 2010, René works full-time at GD Animal Health, and from that moment on he started writing scientific papers. His external PhD-program started after publication of his first research paper. In 2013, René qualified as specialist in small ruminant health management, and currently is diplomat of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management (Dip.ECSRHM). In 2015, René received his PhD-degree on his thesis “Veterinary aspects of a Q fever outbreak in the Netherlands between 2005 and 2012”. He was a member of the scientific board for the International Sheep Veterinary Conference in Harrogate (2017). Since 2017, René is member of the Credentials Committee of the ECSRHM.
In 2020, René became manager of the department for small ruminant, equine, and companion health at Royal GD. Besides, he is working as a veterinary specialist in small ruminant health management with an extra interest in surveillance of small ruminant health and infectious causes of abortion in small ruminants. René published more than twenty scientific papers on a broad range of small ruminants topics.

Vellema, Piet

Curriculum vitae

Piet Vellema, DVM, PhD, Dip.ECSRHM

Piet Vellema was head of the Department of Small Ruminant Health at Royal GD, Deventer, the Netherlands, until his pre-retirement in May 2020, when he decided to slow down and start working four days a week.

He qualified as DVM from Utrecht University and its Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. After one year of experience in farm animal veterinary practice, he joined GD, first in Drachten and later in Deventer. In 1996, he completed his PhD with his thesis ‘Cobalt/vitamin B12 deficiency in lambs on pasture’. Since 1997, he is registered as Specialist in Small Ruminant Health Care, and since April 2008, he is a Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.

Piet Vellema has interests in crisis management of outbreaks of infectious diseases, and in planned small ruminant health and production. From 1998 onwards, he was chairman of the Dutch Liver Fluke Forecast Committee, and between 2000 and 2006, he was project leader of the Dutch National Scrapie Plan, aiming at breeding for scrapie resistance. From 2004 onwards, he has participated in projects in Hungary, Romania, Poland, Italy, Germany, and Russia.

Piet Vellema has been member of the central crisis team during the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic (2001), and the bluetongue outbreak (2006) in the Netherlands. He has been member of the Q fever (2007-2010) Outbreak Management, and from September 2013 onwards, he is a member of the Animal Diseases Expert Team of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. Between 2005 and 2011, he was a member of the board of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management. Since 2017, he is Executive Committee Member of the International Sheep Veterinary Association.

Piet Vellema has published over hundred papers in scientific journals. He is first author of ‘Handboek schapeziekten’ (Handbook of sheep diseases) and author of ‘Gezonde schapen’ (Healthy sheep) (both books only available in Dutch), and co-author of ‘Differential diagnosis in sheep’.

Villalba, Rubén

Rubén Villalba Martínez is currently the deputy director in the area of animal health of the Central Veterinary Laboratory (LCV), which belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in Spain. Ruben has a degree in Veterinary Medicine since 2000 and he later completed a Master's degree in Virology in 2010. Since 2007, he has worked in the LCV, firstly as Head of a department involved in activities related to diagnostic and control of emerging animal diseases, such as Foot-and-mouth or African and Classical swine fever, including zoonotic arboviruses as West Nile fever. However, it is worth highlighting its specialization in the diagnosis and control of the two main animal diseases caused by Orbivirus, Bluetongue and African Horse Sickness. In fact, he has always been mainly involved in the activities of the European reference laboratory for these two diseases, hosted in the LCV.

Voigt, Katja

Katja graduated from Hannover School of Veterinary Medicine in Germany in 2000. After four years in research and academia in Hannover working on her thesis and specializing in small ruminant health management she went into mixed practice in Germany, followed by two years spent in Northern Scotland in veterinary investigation. She returned to Germany in late 2008 to take up a position as senior lecturer and clinician at the Clinic for Ruminants at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. She holds German and British qualifications in Small Ruminant Health and is a Diplomate of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management.



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