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Animal Health


The Animal Health program for terrestrial species is developed exclusively by the IRTA-CReSA (Animal Health Research Center), located in Bellaterra.

This programme is devoted to research, technological development, transfer and education in the area of animal health and its public health derivatives. It aims to improve animal health and the quality and safety of animal products intended for human consumption. It seeks out innovative and effective vaccines by studying the immunological response, pathogenetic mechanisms and epidemiological characteristics of diseases affecting livestock and wildlife, and by evaluating their risks to human health and developing standardised animal infection models and diagnostic techniques under the One Health approach.


Research areas:

  • Artropovir
  • Endemic digestive bacteria and antimicrobial resistance
  • Endemic respiratory bacteria and antimicrobial resistance
  • Zoonotic Coronaviruses
  • Epidemiology
  • African Swine Fever (ASF)
  • Pestivirus
  • Prions
  • TBC
  • Avian virus
  • Endemic pig viruses


· Head of the programme: Natàlia Majó
· Researchers: 27
· Support staff: 43
· Work centre: IRTA CReSA


Relevant scientific publications:


Huor, A., Espinosa, J., Vidal, E., Cassard, H., Douet, J., & Lugan, S. et al. (2019). The emergence of classical BSE from atypical/Nor98 scrapie. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences, 116(52), 26853-26862. doi:10.1073/pnas.1915737116

Birnberg, L., Talavera, S., Aranda, C., Núñez, A., Napp, S., & Busquets, N. (2019). Field-captured Aedes vexans (Meigen, 1830) is a competent vector for Rift Valley fever phlebovirus in Europe. Parasites & Vectors, 12(1). doi:10.1186/s13071-019-3728-9

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