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ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim
invite applications
for the 2022 Young Scientist Award

The European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD) invites applications for the 2022 ABCD & Boehringer Ingelheim Award, which aims to reward innovative and outstanding work by promising young professionals in the field of feline infectious diseases and/or applied immunology.

Candidates should have made an original contribution to the field of feline infectious diseases and/or immunology, which has been published or accepted for publication in a referenced journal or accepted by another assessing body in 2020 or later.

Candidates should be based in Europe, have completed a veterinary or biomedical curriculum, and ideally be under 35 years of age at the time of application.

Applications should be made in English in an electronic format and include a short abstract (max. 500 words) of the work the applicant wishes to submit, as well as a short curriculum vitae and two personal references. Any relevant publications and/or dissertation on the topic should be included. The deadline for submission is 15 April 2022.


The 2022 award (1000€) is funded by Boehringer Ingelheim and will be presented by the ABCD at the congress of the International Society of Feline Medicine to be held from 30 June – 3 July 2022 in Rhodes, Greece. The award winner will receive a complimentary registration to this congress. Return travel expenses and accommodation will also be covered to allow the laureate to attend the event. The winner is expected to give a short presentation or present a poster of his/her findings at this event.


The Young Scientist Award was created in 2008 jointly by Boehringer Ingelheim (then Merial) and the ABCD.

The 2021 recipients of the Award were Julia Klaus (CH) and Yasmin Parr (UK).


Download  here the ABIA rules and application form (ABIA_rules_and application form 2022.pdf; ABIA_rules_and application form 2022.docx

For further information, please contact Karin de Lange, ABCD secretary,



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Julia Klaus and Yasmin Parr

win the 2021 Young Scientist Award

 The 2021 ABCD Young Scientist Award, funded by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health goes to Dr Julia Klaus (30), of the Zurich University VetSuisse Faculty, and to Dr Yasmin Parr (28), of the MRC-University of Glasgow, Centre for Virus Research. The award winners will deliver short presentations during the congress of the International Society of Feline Medicine, held virtually from 25 to 27 June 2021. Their posters will also be available for viewing.


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WSAVA Issues Guidance on Pets and the New Coronavirus.

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has prepared an advisory document offering guidance and a series of Frequently Asked Questions to help its members when talking with pet owners concerned about the risk of infection with the new coronavirus (2019 n-CoV), following the outbreak in China.

The WSAVA’s advisory is available here:



Pan-European Study on the Prevalence of the Feline Leukaemia Virus Infection – Reported by the European Advisory Board on Cat Diseases (ABCD Europe)

Viruses 2019, 11(11), 993;


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Guidelines have been issued on the following feline infectious diseases and their causative agents...


Fact Sheets and ABCD Tools

Fact sheets are two-page abstracts highlighting the main data contained in the ABCD guidelines.They are intended for use by veterinary practitioners for quick and easy reference during vaccination consultations or telephone queries...


In memory of prof. Michael Day

"We are all greatly saddened at the untimely passing of our dear friend and colleague Michael Day. We treasure his input in advancing the global vaccination guidelines in pets and his gracious input in our guidelines on adverse reactions to vaccination, which have been dedicated to his memory. Thank you Michael !"





A case of Bat Lyssavirus infection of a cat in Italy

Lyssaviruses are circulating in bats in most if not all European countries. Bat lyssaviruses may induce rabies also in cats and other species including humans. However, cases in species other than bats are extremely rare in Europe (in cats only 4 so far – 2007, 2009 and 2020 in France, and 2020 in Italy). Although bat lyssaviruses are circulating also in the UK, and the Mammal Society estimates that British cats could be killing 230 000 bats a year, no cases of cat rabies have been documented in the UK since many decades. This confirms that the risk for cats to be infected by bat lyssaviruses is very low.

In case of finding a cat with a captured bat (or after another close contact between them) the bat must not be touched without gloves. If this would happen, the hands should be washed with warm water and soup/detergent, disinfected, and a physician should be consulted. It should be stressed that even if the bat would transmit the lyssavirus to the cat, it takes several weeks before the cat develops rabies and starts shedding the virus. Therefore, if laboratory exclusion of rabies in the bat cadaver is not possible, during that time the cat must be isolated and observed by a veterinarian for rabies signs (usually 3 months). In some countries during this observation period a series vaccinations against rabies may be allowed by veterinary officials.


See also  the ABCD Guideline on Feline Rabies


08 July, 2020

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