Porcine health


The research performed by the unit of porcine health aims to improve health, production, and welfare of pigs and focuses on the following topics:

  • infectious diseases with emphasis on diseases of the respiratory tract and economically important diseases diseases with a negative effect on (re)production, fertility of male and female pigs, locomotion problems
  • factors influencing colostrum- and milk production and vitality of piglets
  • diseases relevant for public health (Salmonella), responsible use of antimicrobials, disease transmission and biosecurity

Clinical research

In addition to the previous research, the group also performs clinical orientated research based on cases from the field. Most research is done in collaboration with other national and international research groups, pig veterinarians, external laboratories and various companies.



Title Description Publication date
COOLPIGS Heat plan for Flemish pig farming 01-12-2020 07:00
PRRSV Unravelling the immune responses of piglets and sows to vaccinations against PRRSV (Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus) 01-10-2020 06:00
B-eSecure Project with focus on working lines of farm staff in pig farms 17-09-2019 07:00
Stable climate With the project we want to make the farmer aware of the effect of the stable climate 01-01-2019 08:00
ImMyco Infection dynamics of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and associations between the immune response and lung lesions 01-01-2019 08:00
BPG-AB BPG-AB stands for Better Producing No AntiBiotics 01-01-2018 08:00
Urolithiasis in fattening pigs Urolithiasis in fattening pigs: prevalence, composition, risk factors and prevention 01-01-2017 08:00
Vlevavc Which practical and payable strategies can be used by pig farmers to know the feed conversion rate (FCR) at their farm to subsequently optimize it 01-01-2016 08:00
Eradys Ontwikkeling en evalueren van eradicatiestrategieën voor Brachyspira hyodysenteriae op geïnfecteerde varkensbedrijven 01-12-2015 08:00
Saphir Strengthening of animal production and health through the immune system 01-06-2015 06:00
Susalvac Effect of vaccination against Salmonella Typhimurium in pigs under field conditions. 01-12-2014 08:00
Prohealth The evolution of production diseases and emergences of new infections clearly challenge the existing options to treat animals and control diseases spread, which leads to the need for new tools and innovative solutions 01-12-2013 07:00