The Norwegian Veterinary Institute - NVI is a national biomedical research institute in the fields of animal health, fish health and food safety, whose primary functions include surveillance and diagnostic regarding different species and diseases as well as research and advisory support to the governing authorities.
The wildlife group, consisting of 4 veterinarians/researchers and 1 technician, is responsible for working with all wildlife species (both land and marine species) throughout all of Norway, its territorial waters and arctic/Antarctic dependencies. This work is often carried out in cooperation with other departments at NVI and other institutions such as the Institute of Marine Research, the Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management or the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research.
NVI carries both passive and active surveillance programs based for example on routine necropsies of wild species sent to NVI, or on active collection of samples during hunting periods or specific field actions. The Health Surveillance Program for Wild Cervids is the largest active surveillance program in wildlife at NVI and is also the basis for different research projects carried by the group. Other programs have focused on diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease, Tuberculosis, Rabies or Echinococcus and species such as wild boars. NVI is also responsible for managing the Wild Cervids serum bank, currently with more than 5000 samples.
NVI and the wildlife group are involved in several national and international research projects concerning wildlife health, transmission of diseases between wild and domestic animals and diseases of zoonotic potential.

Contact person:
Dr. Carlos G. das Neves, DVM PhD
Associate Professor / Senior researcher


Agricultural University of Tirana, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The Agriculture University of Tirana is a public university and the only one in that kind of field. This university includes 8 faculties, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine being the most important one. The University was founded in 1958. It has more than 20'000 students while the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the largest faculty in western Balkan.



University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine

SAMV FMV Cluj is on one of the four Agricultural and Veterinary Medicine Faculties in Romania, located in Transylvania, one of the most favored habitats of wildlife, with numerous natural reserves. The school, through its Departments of Infectious diseases, Epidemiology and discipline of Wildlife management and diseases, benefits of a broad expertise in monitoring especially infectious diseases in game and other wild species. Participation in international and national research projects based on wildlife disease surveillance created the necessary infrastructure and developed the technical skills for epidemiological surveys, diagnostic tests and GIS mapping.



The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968. The founders aimed to establish four principles of autonomy: freedom to select teaching staff, admission available to all students (but with a limited number), freedom to create its own study plans and freedom to administrate the University's capital. It is therefore a young university, but in its short history it has moved forward at a rapid pace. The Wildlife Diseases Research Group (SEFaS) belongs to UAB and was created to perform studies on wildlife conservation and health. We are a multidisciplinary team that integrates a group of veterinarians and ecologists from different areas. Since SEFaS was founded our trajectory has been supported by several governmental grants and agreements between private companies and local administrations. The quality of our studies is endorsed by a considerable number of publications and by our participation in the most recognised scientific meetings on wildlife ecology and diseases. We have described diseases in a wide range of wildlife species and discussed their role in wildlife conservation and management, and also their implications for domestic animal and human health.



The research activity of the Wildlife Ecology, Zoonoses & GIS Research Team of the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Thessaly, Greece, focuses on the study of microorganisms that cause disease in wild animals and are transmitted from wild animals to livestock and  humans, in the identification and molecular characterization of infectious agents responsible for infections of Greek animal populations, the development programs of molecular epidemiological surveillance of infectious animal diseases, diagnosis of infectious animal diseases by applying both traditional and modern methods of diagnostics, the study of mechanisms of immune response of animals against microorganisms, and the molecular genetics of the final host in order to find polymorphisms that confer resistance to specific animal diseases. In addition, the Laboratory uses specialized applications statistics and spatial analysis, modeling / modeling-sharing prevention of diseases and zoonoses with the help of GIS (Geographic information systems). Finally, the laboratory is actively engaged in the collection, analysis and interpretation of ecological data pertaining to wildlife species. The Laboratory has received authorization from the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy & Climate Change to collect samples from wild birds ​​for research and surveillance purposes.