Dear colleagues, the photo Gallery of our Conference is now on line!
Below you can find photos of the scientific part of the conference (oral sessions, poster presentations, student awards, etc) as well as of the various social events (scheduled excursion to Meteora, Student-Mentor mixer party, Auction, Conference Banquet, Post conference tour to Alonissos). Thank you for sharing these moments with us.
We hope you will enjoy the photos! Please, keep in mind that there are many other photos to share with you, which will be password-protected. You will be further informed by e-mail.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please find below the timetable for the buses no4 to and from the Conference Venue. Column “Hospital” is the departure time from the Conference Venue, while column “Central Square” is the closest bus stop (name of the bus stop is “OTE”) to the hotels at the city centre.
Ticket costs 1,20 euro if you buy it from the kiosks or the atm’s around the city, and 1,50 euro if you buy it on the bus from the driver.
Health and conservation of neglected species (bats)
Evidence of direct infection between species at the humanfree-ranging wildlife-livestock interface in Europe
Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation
Investigating the genetic diversity of lagomorph infecting treponemes and their relatedness to human pathogenic Treponema pallidum. Lena Abel
New Austropotamobius torrentium haplotypes revealed after molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis in Western Macedonia, Greece. Thodoris Gousdovas
Genetic variability of Rhinolophus mehelyi population at the northern margin of the species distribution range. Alexandra Corduneanu
Yellow ear: etiology and incidence of pinna injuries in bats in Belgium. Paul Tavernier
Bat bites are only skin deep, but dog bites go clean to the bone: implications of comparative pathogenesis in reservoir hosts for human rabies. Lineke Begeman
Could the thermal camera be a useful tool to help protecting the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat (Coleura seychellensis)? A pilot study. Camillo Sandri
A case of swinepox in a wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Belgium. Volpe Rosario
First Report of Abortion of a Roe Deer Related to Brucella spp in Greece. Eleni Fotopoulou
Mycoplasma conjunctivae occurrence in vectors and anatomic locations related to transmission and persistence. Xavier Fernández-Aguilar
Pasteurellaceae occurrence in relation to bronchopneumonia in a Pyrenean chamois population. Xavier Fernández-Aguilar
Epidemiological and molecular surveillance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in wild ungulates from southern Spain, 2011-2018. Ignacio García-Bocanegra
Types and diversity of Persian leopards’ lesions resulting from the illegal use of snares and gin traps. Iman Memarian
Severe conjunctivitis associated with Chlamydia felis infection in a free-ranging Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). Iris Marti
European College of Zoological Medicine Residency in Wildlife Population Health. Helle Bernstorf Hydeskov
Fatal co-occurrence of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, Mycoplasma agalactiae and Pasteurellaceae in an alpine chamois. Nicoletta Formenti
How specific and sensitive is the visual diagnosis of Sarcoptic mange in free-ranging Iberian ibexes? Marta Valldeperes
Novel Salmonella variant associated with mortality in great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) from Great Britain. Vicky Wilkinson
Red kite (Milvus milvus) white blood cell changes during migration and winter rest in Huesca, Spain. Ursula Höfle
Herpesviruses in free living owls in Slovenia. Jozko Racnik
New tool for improving the post-mortem diagnosis of diseases in wild boar: the use of serum biochemistry. Bonin Léa
Towards protocol building for biodiversity mapping of terrestrial gastropods. Christos Domenikiotis
Nest mite communities of migratory and sedentary white storks (Ciconia ciconia) and migratory black storks (Ciconia nigra) at the end of the migratory period. Ursula Höfle
Serological survey of sarcoptic mange in Mediterranean Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) populations. Marta Valldeperes
Trichomonas gallinae genotype B in hand-reared wild Mississippi kites (Ictinia mississippiensis). Joao Brandao
Complete Blood Counts and Hematologic Values in Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). Joao Brandao
Investigation of temporal shedding of bacterial fecal pathogens in captive monkeys. Amanda Salb
Outbreak of Canine Distemper in Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Austria. Annika Posautz
Bifidobacterial occurrence in in cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) and emperor tamarin (Saguinus imperator). Camillo Sandri
Canine Distemper: an actual old issue for wildlife conservation. Marco Gobbi
Coffee Break & Poster Session II
Conference Venue/ Foyer
Wednesday, 29/08/2018 | 17:30-19:15
Aquatic animals and ecosystems
Wildlife Health, Management and Conservatio
Immunohistochemical investigation of the cross-reactivity of selected cell markers in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded lymphoid tissues of Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei). José L. Catão-Dias
Can Irish seals be One Health sentinels? A pilot study. Ana Vale
Guiana dolphin mass-mortality linked to cetacean morbillivirus, Brazil. José L. Catão-Dias
Fatal case of disseminated phaeohyphomycosis in a free-living common toad (Bufo bufo) in the United Kingdom caused by ExophialaKatharina Seilern-Moy
Status of Marine Mammals’ and Reptiles Strandings in the Greek Coasts between 2014-2015. Evangelia Kofidou
Causes of Stranding of Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) in Northern Greece (2010-2018): A Retrospective Study. Zacharias Vougioukalos
An unusual case of peripheral neuropathy in a captive Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
Distribution of the protected sea urchin Centrostephanus longispinus (Philippi, 1845) in the Dodecanese (south Aegean Sea, eastern Mediterranean). Dimitris Vafidis
Optimization of sampling techniques and molecular detection of Herpesviridae in Neotropical primates. Patricia Mendoza
Seroprevalence to Brucella in wild boars of Campania region during the 2016-2017 hunting season. Luigi Esposito
A Molecular Study of Seven Selected Pathogens in Cypriot Mouflons (Ovis orientalis ophion) using Archived Blood Stored on Filter Papers. Athinodoros Athinodorou
Gastrointestinal parasites of ungulates in Greenland: Possible transmission between wild muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) and free-roaming domestic sheep (Ovis aries)? Rebecca P. D. Berg
Aspiration of spruce twigs in wolves (Canis lupus). Karin M Olofsson
Parasitic fauna of the American mink, Neovison vison, in Valencian community, Western Spain. Jose Sansano-Maestre
Diagnosis improvement of oropharyngeal avian trichomonosis: application to sampling Bonelli´s eagle chickens in nests. Gómez-Muñoz, M.T.
The role of the invasor California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) in the life cycle of local parasites in Gran Canaria, Spain. Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
Endoparasitosis in hedgehogs from the Valencia Community (West Spain). Jose Sansano-Maestre
Helminthological status of Balkan chamonis from Rhodope Mountains. Daniel Mladenov
Paratuberculosis infection in wild ruminants in Bulgaria. Daniel Mladenov
Clinical aspects and diagnostic investigation of a fatal outbreak in wild birds in reservoir of Karla, Thessaly, Greece. Dimitrios Chatzopoulos
Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in wild boars: seroprevalence and potential biosecurity implications in areas with different levels of animal productions. Nicoletta Formenti
Epidemiological investigation on erysipelas in wild boars: spread, isolation and potential impacts at the wildlife-domestic-human interface. Nicoletta Formenti
Avoiding ruffled feathers – methods of reducing injuries and stress during waterfowl capture for disease sampling. Michelle O’Brien
Coffee Break & Poster Session III
Conference Venue/ Foyer
Thursday, 30/08/2018 | 17:00 – 18:00
Vector Borne Diseases
Wildlife tuberculosis: epidemiology and control
Emerging and re-emerging diseases
Blood parasites in passeriform birds in Belgium. Paul Tavernier
Field investigations to infer potential wildlife reservoir hosts and their contribution to the enzootic maintenance of borrelia miyamotoi, a tick-borne pathogen, in the north central USA and laboratory investigations to infer potential wildlife reservoir hosts for Borrelia miyamotoi. Seungeun Han
Prevalence and distribution of vector-borne parasites in Pyrenean chamois from the eastern Spanish Pyrenees. Johan Espunyes
Mortality of captive azure-winged magpie nestlings caused by Usutu virus. Denise Thaller
Pathogens of zoonotic importance detected in ticks from wild mammals in North-West Italy. Francesca Rizzo
Wild bird surveillance in North-West Italy: West Nile and Usutu findings from 2015 to 2018. Francesca Rizzo
Thelaziosis in wolf, foxes and brown bear from Greece. Elias Papadopoulos
Schmallenberg virus exposure in wild ruminants in Spain, 2010-2016. Ignacio García -Bocanegra
Protocol for the rehabilitation and release of badgers (Meles meles) in England, with consideration of Bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis infection). Elizabeth Mullineaux
A severe case of red deer Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium microti. Walter Glawischnig
Tuberculosis and wild boar: frequentist and bayesian approaches to evaluate diagnostic tests when Mycobacterium bovis is present in wild boar but at low prevalence. Céline Richomme
First test of delivery of candidate baits for oral vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis in France. Ariane Payne
Surveillance of bovine tuberculosis in wildlife in France: methodological constraints to monitor prevalence in at-risk areas. Stéphanie Desvaux
Contact networks between cattle herds: structure and contribution to bovine tuberculosis transmission. Malika Bouchez-Zacria
Mycobacterium bovis transmission between cattle and free-ranging wild ungulates in Eastern Pyrenees. Bernat Pérez de Val
Tuberculosis outbreak in Montseny Natural Park involving free-ranging wild boar and domestic goats. Bernat Pérez de Val
Searching for lagoviruses in Flemish hares. Paul Tavernier
Estimating Apicomplexan parasite exposure in Icelandic arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus). Gábor Á. Czirják
Identification in European hare of new RHDV2 recombinant virus. Antonio Lavazza
Brucella melitensis shedding in Alpine ibex: age and sex heterogeneity. Sébastien Lambert
TSE found in a Finnish moose Alces alces. Marja Isomursu
Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance programme for Sweden 2018-2020. Erik O. Ågren
A multi-disciplinary approach to investigations of supplementary salt-licks as transmission hot-spots for CWD and endoparasites in Norway. Kjersti Selstad Utaaker
Not CWD: Diagnoses from cervid heads submitted for CWD surveillance in Sweden. Caroline Bröjer
Monitoring of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 (RHDV2) epidemics in European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Andalusia (Spain), 2013-2017. Leonor N. Camacho Sillero
Coffee Break & Poster Session IV
Conference Venue/ Foyer
Friday, 31/08/2018 | 15:30 – 16:15
Wildlife and Public Health
Tapeworms on the rise. Increasing prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis in eastern Austria. Fabian Bagó
Molecular detection of human pathogenic Leptospira in small mammals. Stefan Fischer
The host age related occurrence of Alaria alata in wild canids in Latvia. Zanda Ozoliņa
Malignant lymphoma in lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi) – Case series. Pavel Kvapil
Post-mortem findings in free-ranging European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Marcus Fähndrich
Preliminary study on gastrointestinal parasite community of urban brown rats (Rattus norvegicus), Vienna, Austria. Diana Gliga
Being a European or not: Searching for the reservoir of zoonotic Variegated squirrel bornavirus 1. Rainer G. Ulrich
High prevalence of cephalosporin resistant Enterobacteriaceae with zoonotic potential in wildlife of Catalonia. Anna Vidal
Ulcerative enteritis associated with Clostridium perfringens in an American kestrel (Falco sparverius). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
Cryptosporidium and Giardia duodenalis in wild ungulates: zoonotic risk from the Alps? Tiziana Trogu
Free-ranging red deer contribution to environmental contamination of Shiga toxin-procuding Escherichia Coli in Italian Alps. Tiziana Trogu
Zoonotic Campylobacter species in sympatric wild and domestic herbivores from alpine ecosystems in the Pyrenees. Johan Espunyes
Antimicrobial resistance of enteric bacteria in Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and Olive baboon (Papio anubis) from Budongo Forest, Uganda. Johan Espunyes
Epidemiology of zoonotic Campylobacter at Gough Island (South Atlantic): the role of brown skuas (Catharacta antarctica). Marta Cerdà-Cuéllar
Seasonal influence in parasite communities of feral cats Felis catus, in Gran Canary Island (Spain). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
A survey on Campylobacter spp, Salmonella spp, and Yersinia spp in faecal samples of hunted wild boars (Sus scrofa) in Aosta Valley Region (North Western Italy). Riccardo Orusa
Aural haematoma in a wolf (Canis lupus). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. in the livestock-wildlife interface in rural Uganda. Marta Cerdà-Cuéllar
Serological and molecular investigation of selected bacterial and parasitic pathogens in European brown hare (Lepus europaeus); Inferring the Ecological Niche of Toxoplasma gondiiand Leishmania infantum in hares. Constantina N. Tsokana
13th EWDA Conference AUCTION Thursday evening, August 30, 2018
It is already a tradition to hold an Auction during the EWDA Conferences.
The auction is an important fundraiser for the EWDA student chapter and it is a great opportunity to show them our support! Plus, the auction night is a great opportunity for funny and lively moments to remember! Participants are kindly requested to bring a relevant good quality item with a wildlife theme suitable for auction!
Examples could include a book, piece of artwork, T-shirt or hat, or any other piece of wildlife-based memorabilia that a member of the EWDA or other conference delegate would find interesting and be willing to pay for. We are looking forward to this year’s event and ask for your assistance to make it a success!
Αuction item… “Beauty of Bath”
The auction of the “beauty of Bath” (attached picture) will be a highlight of the EWDA Conference … this unique object is a “new tradition” of our association!
This Beauty will be auctioned with the hope of exceeding the bets of the Berlin conference. Guess what it is ?
and you also tell us what extraordinary object you are going to auction …
We are glad to inform authors that EWDA2018 will introduce 90 oral presentations.
Oral presentations will be allocated to 9 different sessions:
Genetics – Disease Association
Health and Conservation of neglected species (focus: bats)
Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation
Aquatic Animals and Ecosystems
Vector Borne Diseases
Wildlife Tuberculosis: Epidemiology and Control
Emerging and re-emerging diseases
Wildlife and Public Health
Evidence of direct infection between species at the human-free-ranging wildlife-livestock interface in Europe
Each presentation is allocated 15 minutes in the programme. This time consists of 10 minutes lecture and 5 minutes for discussion.
Presenters are encouraged to have their presentations on a USB/ flash drive in widescreen format (16:9).
Presenters speaking in the program must visit the Conference Technical Support the day before your session to load your presentation and ensure it has been checked and tested. If you cannot check it earlier, but only on the day of your session, please come by at least 2 hours prior to the start of your session. You will be briefed on how to use the system when you meet with the audiovisual technicians.
Oral presentations will be given in a quite large auditorium. So, we would recommend presenters to prepare your slides according to the following guidelines to ensure that the entire audience will be able to see your presentation.
Fonts: A minimum font (type) size of 24 point should be used.
Spacing: Leave as much “white space” as possible to make the text easily readable.
Please make your slides easily readable by the audience.
Using the conference computer
A PC with Windows 10, 16G RAM, CD/DVD will be available.
Wireless Internet access will be available from the presentation computer.
Please, bring the presentation on a USB/ flash drive in widescreen format (16:9).
Power Point presentations 97–2007 or 2016 (or higher versions) (.ppt or .pptx) are expected.
If you have a video or audio file embedded in the presentation, we recommend using a standard video and audio codec compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Please note that we cannot guarantee the quality of Macintosh-based presentations.
Only fonts that are included in the basic installation of MS-Windows will be available (English version of Windows). Use of other fonts not included in Windows can cause the wrong layout / style of your presentation. If you insist on using different fonts, these must be embedded into your presentation by choosing the right option when saving your presentation, see details below:
Click on “File”, then “Save As”
Check the “Tools” menu and select “Embed True Type Fonts”
* Using own computer
It is highly recommended that the speaker’s final presentation be on a USB/Flash drive, as we are unable to guarantee compatibility with the venue AV equipment.
If you opt to use your own computer to connect to the projector please consider that AV Staff will not be hold responsible for any issues that may arise with your personal machine.
EWDA Network Meeting: How to start up a wildlife health surveillance programme.
Date: August 26, 2018 | Time: 13:00 to 20:00
Out of 49 European countries, we know of only 14 countries that have a wildlife health surveillance programme at a level 2 or 3. Level 2 means partial general surveillance, i.e. wide range of programmes but restriction in various ways, e.g. geographical regions or covered species. Level 3 means comprehensive general surveillance, involving the entire country, and a wide range of species and diseases covered. Therefore, we have no or only poor knowledge of the state of wildlife health in the majority of European countries. In wildlife health surveillance, as in many other areas, “The first step is the hardest.” How did those European countries who do have partial or comprehensive general surveillance of wildlife health get started? Knowledge of their histories may be useful for people who are keen to start wildlife health surveillance in their own country. However, this information is not generally available. The goal of this EWDA Network meeting is to use the knowledge from OIE training programmes, plus the start-up periods of countries with established wildlife health surveillance systems to help other countries to set up their own systems.
Anyone who is involved in wildlife health surveillance in Europe and wishes to present information about this for his/her country or region, is invited to submit a poster that will be available for viewing during the workshop. Those intending to present a poster at the workshop are asked to contact Becki Lawson (email: Becki.Lawson@ioz.ac.uk) by 15th July 2018 to confirm their intention to participate and receive guidelines for abstract formatting. Poster abstracts (maximum 500 words) should be sent as Word files to Becki Lawson (email: Becki.Lawson@ioz.ac.uk) by the deadline of 1st August 2018.
Posters will follow the EWDA conference guidelines – please note the use of e-Posters formatted in landscape orientation. Details are available @
14:00-14:05. Welcome and introduction (Thijs Kuiken)
14:05-14:15. Overview of wildlife health surveillance in Europe as of 2009 (Thijs Kuiken)
14:15-14:30. Review of requirements of a wildlife health surveillance programme (Marie-Pierre Ryser)
14:30-15:30. Start-up and growth spurts of established wildlife health surveillance systems in a selected number of countries, part 1 (4 x 15 min; Paul Tavernier, Belgium; Antonio Lavazza, Italy; Jorge Lopez, Spain; Marie-Pierre Ryser, Switzerland)
15:30-16:00. Break and Poster Viewing
16:00-16:30. Start-up and growth spurts of established wildlife health surveillance programmes in a selected number of countries, part 2 (2 x 15 min; Jolianne Rijks, The Netherlands; Becki Lawson and Paul Duff, U.K.)
16:30-17:15. Panel discussion: what worked, what didn’t? (Panel: all speakers on start-up and growth spurts of established programmes. Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
17:15-17:45. Break and Poster Viewing
17:45-19:00. Situation reports of a selected number of countries who wish to start a wildlife health surveillance programme (5 x 15 min; Kastriot Korro, Albania; Daniel Mladenov, Bulgaria; Gudrun Wibbelt, Germany; Charalambos Billinis, Greece; Sara Sevic, Serbia)
19:00-19.45. Panel discussion: how to get started? (Panel: all speakers on countries wishing to start a programme . Chair: Thijs Kuiken)
Coordinator: Tony Sainsbury BVetMed MRCVS CertZooMed DVetMed DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) PGCAP FHEA
This workshop will provide an introduction to disease risk analysis for translocations using examples from conservation translocations conforming to IUCN Guidelines. No prior knowledge of disease risk analysis is required. We will tackle real translocation scenarios to gain an understanding of the method, possible pitfalls and how these can be addressed. The tutors have experience of undertaking over 20 detailed disease risk analyses for translocations compliant with IUCN guidelines for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
This half day workshop will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 13:00 PM
Workshop registration includes materials, light lunch and refreshments. Registration is limited to 30 participants.
Workshop Tutors: Tony Sainsbury BVetMed MRCVS CertZooMed DVetMed DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) PGCAP FHEA Rebecca Vaughan-Higgins BSc BVMS CertAVP(zm) PhD DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health) Jenny Jaffe DVM MSc MRCVS
Others to be confirmed