Ghent Overview
27 & 28 Feb. 2018
Ghent, Belgium

Quantification, Benchmarking and Stewardship of Veterinary Antimicrobial Usage

First International Conference

27 - 28 February 2018 @ Ghent
The AACTING consortium is pleased to invite you to the 'First International Conference on the Quantification, Benchmarking and Stewardship of Veterinary Antimicrobial Usage'.

With this conference we aim at uniting and inspiring people involved in these topics of emerging interest. Indeed, use of antibiotics is the main driver for the development and spread of antimicrobial resistance, increasingly recognized as a major problem in humans and animals. Information on when, by whom, how, why and how much antimicrobials are or have been used is important, as is utilizing this information to reduce the usage without compromising the animal welfare.

Find all details on the programme, registration, abstract submission and venue below.

Looking forward to meeting you there!


In the course of the 
noon-to-noon conference, four plenary talks, eight oral presentations and a poster exhibition will provide you with state-of-the-art knowledge of technical and organisational aspects of the set-up of systems for quantification and benchmarking of veterinary antimicrobial usage and its applications as well as results within the scope of veterinary stewardship.

The final programme is now available!

Practical notes
  • The registration desk will open at 12:00 CET on 27 February 2018. A welcome lunch can be enjoyed between 12:15 CET and 13:15 CET.
  • The final talk of the conference will end at 12:15 CET on 28 February 2018. A lunch-to-go will be provided until official closing of the conference, at 13:00 CET.
  • Posters can be installed after registering and need to be removed before closing of the conference. Poster sizes should not exceed 90 cm x 180 cm.

Social programme
  • At 19:00 on Tuesday 27 February 2018, a culinary walk through the beautiful historical centre of Ghent will be organised. This will include food (four courses), drinks and a guided tour. End time is foreseen around 23:00 (at the latest). This tour is organised by VIZIT vzw. All practical information will be provided during the Conference.


Thank you for your interest in the Conference. However, due to great success we are unfortunately unable to accept any more registrations.

Abstract submission

Abstract submission has closed.

We were very pleased to receive a high number of extremely interesting and very good submissions and we wish to thank all the colleagues for sending an abstract of their work. 

Eight abstracts have been selected for oral presentations. Numerous other work will be presented as a poster.

Scientific committee
Submitted abstracts have been evaluated by the scientific committee:
  • Cedric Muentener DVM - University of Z├╝rich, CH (chair)
  • Carolee Carson BSc, DVM, PhD - Public Health Agency, CA
  • Claire Chauvin DVM, PhD - ANSES, FR
  • Fraser Broadfoot MCIM, MRCVS - VMD, UK
  • Jorge Pinto-Ferreira DVM, MSc, PhD - OIE
  • Roswitha Merle DVM, PhD - Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, DE


Convention Centre Het Pand
Onderbergen 1

Travel to Ghent
Ghent has a frequent train connection with Brussels, with several direct trains per hour (+/- 40 min travel).
In Brussels, there is an international train station (Thalys, Eurostar) and an airport (Brussels Airport). From Brussels Airport, direct trains take you to and from Ghent (+/- 55 min travel).
There is also a good connection with the airport of Charleroi (Brussels South Charleroi Airport).

Travel in Ghent
Ghent has a well-established public transport net. Frequent tram and bus lines will take you within walking distance of any place in the city centre. For information to travel specifically from the Sint-Pieters station to the Conference venue, click here.