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.
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.
  • More details on the social programme for the evening of 27 February 2018 will be provided in due time.
  • 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 180 cm x 90 cm.


Registration fee
Early bird registration (deadline 1 February 2018): €120
Normal registration (deadline 16 February 2018): €170
Fee includes lunches, coffee breaks and the social programme.

Registration procedure
To apply for registration, please submit the completed form below. Upon receipt, you will be send an e-mail with payment details. Registration is complete once payment is successfully received. You will then be notified through mail.

Registration form

Abstract submission

We welcome abstracts for oral or poster presentations regarding the relevant topics. Only abstracts using the template provided below will be accepted. Abstracts need to be submitted in .pdf format. The submission deadline has been extended to 08 January 2018.
Please pay special attention to the following requirements:
  • Maximum length is one A4 page (210 x 297 mm). No exception will be accepted.
  • Maximum length of body text (ie excluding title, authors and affiliations) is set at 400 words. However, maximum length for complete submission may not exceed 1 A4 page.
  • Abstract may include subtitles as well as (readable) figures or tables as long as maximum length of 1 A4 page and margins are respected.
  • Abstract needs to be submitted in .pdf format

Scientific committee
Submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the scientific committee:
  • Cedric Muentener DVM - University of Zürich, 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 Universität 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.