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Current Projects

D4Dairy Projekt Project 1.3 Promoting Actions to Reduce Antimicrobial Resistance

Project 1.3 comprises three separate subprojects, namely the harmonisation of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) for mastitis pathogens (1.3.1), using data to drive recommendations for drying off strategies (1.3.2), and strategies to improve calf health and beef quality (1.3.3).

Working with laboratories throughout Austria, subproject 1.3.1 aims to standardise AST, improve comparability of resistance data as well as integrating the results of such testing into the central cattle database. AST data will then be more accessible to and evaluable for farmers and veterinarians.  Subproject 1.3.2, together with a dairy and leading milk processor, will develop a decision-making tool for veterinarians to advise farmers on the best drying off strategy for their farm. Subproject 1.3.3. will analyse the effects of feeding calves milk containing antibiotic drug residues (“waste milk“) on the development of antimicrobial resistant bacteria on farm, and to suggest alternatives to this practice.

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ADDA Area 2.2 - Project 2.2. Strategies to a reduced use of antibiotics in cattle 

Evaluation of the impact of environmental factors for mastitis in a harmonized data generation system and recording of epidemiological data on antibiotic use, should lead the way to a national antibiotic reduction strategy in dairy cattle. Standardization of methodology and centralized data processing as pertaining to the bacteriological examination of milk samples provides the basis for the improvement of udder health programs and the development of quality assurance systems for milk.

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VetAustria: Co-operation between the Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs (BMGF), the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna on research, surveillance and control of animal diseases, zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance.

With the VetAustria project, research co-operation between BMGF, AGES and Vetmeduni Vienna was agreed upon in 2013. The aim is to promote a working partnership within scientific research projects in areas of common interest.

Main topics include:

  • the evaluation and optimisation of control and prevention strategies in livestock, as well as related surveillance and monitoring programmes;
  • risk assessment of animal diseases and zoonoses, including antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use;
  • the development of principles for the economic assessment of animal diseases, contagious diseases and zoonoses;
  • the reduction of risks with respect to animal husbandry;
  • and the application of epidemiological methods in the field of veterinary public health.

At the end of 2016, the successful VetAustria partnership between the BMGF, AGES und Vetmeduni Vienna was extended for a further four years. The need to continue to concentrate on these subject areas was confirmed.

One of the priorities of the project is research on first principles and alternatives for surveillance and control of animal disease and zoonoses. The work focuses on epidemiology, modelling, simulation and risk assessment, paying particular attention to economic assessments.

Another area of focus deals with the assessment of data on antimicrobials sold and dispensed for use in livestock populations. Strategies to reduce antimicrobial use will be developed as an important contribution to the prevention of the development and spread of resistant bacteria, both in livestock and along the food chain.

Further areas of research concentrate on the general principles of veterinary public health, where improved biosecurity measures and animal husbandry, as well as modelling and risk assessment of contagious animal diseases and zoonoses, are addressed.

In the area of knowledge transfer, new approaches will be developed using E-learning tools to communicate the University of Veterinary Medicine’s scientific experience and knowledge of livestock diseases, zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance.


Climate change, ticks and tick-borne diseases in Germany, Oct 2013 to present

Contact: Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Franz Rubel und Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat. Katharina Brugger



Institute for Veterinary Public Health
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University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna
Veterinärplatz 1
A - 1210 Vienna

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Epidemic modeling