Veterinary Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing



Research Network: 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
Total sum awarded: €50 000

The current quality standards for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of veterinary pathogens are far from being optimal or complete, making the predictive value of susceptibility data in veterinary diagnostics questionable. The absence of sufficient animal species-specific breakpoints affects the possibility for veterinary practitioners to prescribe antibiotics rationally, because there is no basis for determining whether a bacterial strain is clinically resistant or not. The development of animal-specific breakpoints helps in preventing misuse of antibiotics in animals. The objectives of VetCAST are:  To define science based clinical MIC-breakpoints (CBPs) in order to harmonise the results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of veterinary pathogens in Europe  To provide a joint European forum for veterinary microbiologists, pharmacologists and clinicians working in research, public health and animal healthcare, including both public and private organizations to promote the importance of harmonized veterinary AST

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  • Dik Mevius, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands (Coordinator)
  • Kees Veldman, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Peter Damborg, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Observer)
  • Ludovic Pelligand, Royal Veterinary College, RVC, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Pierre Louis Toutain, L'Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Tolouse, France (Observer)
  • Chantal Britt, European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Switzerland (Observer)
  • Annet Heuvelink, GD Deventer, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Agnese Cannas, IZLT Sardinia, Italy (Observer)
  • Alessia Franco, IZLT Rome, Italy (Observer)
  • Andrea Fessler, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Observer)
  • Antonio Battisti, IZLT Rome, Italy (Observer)
  • Antonio Vidili, IZLT Sardinia, Italy (Observer)
  • Christina Greko, National Veterinary Insitute (SVA), Sweden (Observer)
  • Cindy Dierikx, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands (Observer)
  • Bjorn Bengtsson, National Veterinary Insitute (SVA), Sweden (Observer)
  • Marit Pringle, National Veterinary Insitute (SVA), Sweden (Observer)
  • Gudrun Overesch, VetSuisse, Bern, Switzerland (Observer)
  • Gunnar Kahlmeter, Växjö Central Hospital, Sweden (Observer)
  • Heike Kaspar, BVL, Berlin, Germany (Observer)
  • Illias Chantziaras, University of Ghent, Belgium (Observer)
  • John Mitchell, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Jean-Yves Madec, ANSES, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, France (Observer)
  • Juergen Wallmann, BVL, Berlin, Germany (Observer)
  • Johan Mouton, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Renata Karpiskova, VRI, Brno, Czech Republic (Observer)
  • Lina Cavaco, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (Observer)
  • Lisbeth Rem Jessen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Observer)
  • Marisa Haenni, ANSES, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety, France (Observer)
  • Pavla Novotna, USKVBL, Czech Republic (Observer)
  • Rafael Canton, Instituto Ramón y Cajal de Investigación Sanitaria, Spain (Observer)
  • Stefan Schwarz, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (Observer)
  • Vincent Perreten, Vetsuisse, Bern, Switzerland (Observer)
  • Zrinka Stritof, Univeristy of Zagreb, Croatia (Observer)
  • Dorina Tomofte, Vet Faculty, Lasi, Romania (Observer)
  • Ayla Hesp, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Els Broens, Utrecht University, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Valeria Bortolaia, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (Observer)
  • Geoffrey Foster, Scotland's Rural College, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Lorenzo Fraile, UoLleida, Spain (Observer)
  • Simone Dore, IZLT Sardinia, Italy (Observer)
  • Maritg Maaland, The Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Norway (Observer)
  • Petra Cagnardi, University of Milano, Italy (Observer)
  • Ronette Gehring, Utrecht University, Netherlands (Observer)
  • Stefano Lollai, IZLT Sardinia, Italy (Observer)
  • Andrew Mead, Royal Veterinary College, RVC, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Christian Giske, EUCAST Development Laboratory for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of bacteria, Sweden (Observer)
  • Peter Lees, Royal Veterinary College, RVC, United Kingdom (Observer)
  • Hana Pratova, USKVBL, Czech Republic (Observer)
  • Carl Ekstrand, National Veterinary Insitute (SVA), Sweden (Observer)
  • Christophe Hugnet, Vet Clinic, La Begude deMazenc, France (Observer)
  • Shabbir Simjee, Elanco AH, United Kingdom (Observer)