The EUFEPS Network on Veterinary Medicines

  Founded in 2017 the Network on Veterinary Medicines is comparatively young among the already existing specified EUFEPS Networks. A group of 20 scientists from academia and industry have expressed their interest in actively participating in the Network with 8 colleagues build­ing the Steering Group which is accountable for organizing this project and keep it going. The Steering Group comprises academics from different (veterinary) universities in the EU, Turkey, the U.S.A. and the EUFEPS Senate. Position papers describing the aims and prospects of the Network in more detail have recently been published [1, 2].

     The creation of a Network on Veterinary Medicines was prompted by the straight ambition of EUFEPS to bring together pharmaceutical societies as well as academic, industrial, and regulatory scientists engaged in drug research and development, drug regulation and in educa­tion of professionals on the one hand and the manifold related issues specifically linked to veterinary medicines on the other. In addition, many problems resulting from the use of veter­inary drugs are inherently connected to human medicine, for instance antimi­crobial resistance problems, environmental concerns, and aspects of public health. Many concerns result from the common use of pharmacological substances both in human and veterinary medicine, thus, substantiating the “WHO-One-Health-Initiative”. In fact, the One-Health-Concept became a main perspective of the Network´s activities.

     The procedures for obtaining marketing authorization for a veterinary medicinal product (VMP) are comparable to those for human medicines. VMPs must comply with governing regulations which set high standards to assure pharmaceutical quality, safety (regarding target animals, drug administrator, environment), and clinical efficacy [3]. In addition, veterinary medicines have many specific features in dependence of their intended therapeutic use. These are determined by the many animal species to be treated such as pet animal or food producing species like farmed poultry (laying hens, broilers, turkeys, ducks), small (goat, sheep) and large ruminants (cows), pigs, equids, fish and so forth, kept individually or in mass live­stock production farms requiring exclusive husbandry systems, distinctive drug formulations and drug administration systems.

     The Network on Veterinary Medicines will not only complete the yet operating EUFEPS Networks – it will also substantially benefit from them because practically all EUFEPS Networks have the potential to give input to the veterinary Network. This constellation is well suited to realize a long-term goal – the expansion of the available spectrum of innovative, safe, and efficient therapeutics for use in animals. This goal also comprises advanced drug delivery systems and the use of innovative methodologies for the (preclinical) study of pharmacologically active substances.


[1] L. Dencker, K. Hellmann, J. Mochel, S. Şenel, E. Tyden, J.C. Vendrig, H. Linden, I. Schmerold (2016). Position Paper: EUFEPS Network on Veterinary Medicines Initiative: An interdisciplinary forum to support Veterinary Pharmacology and promote the development of new pharmaceuticals for Animal Health. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 91 (2016) I–VII

[2] Mochel, J.P., Tyden, E., Hellmann, K., Vendrig, J.C., Şenel, S., Dencker, L., Cristina, R.T., Linden, H., Schmerold, I (2018). Network on Veterinary Medicines initiated by the European Federation for Pharmaceuti­cal Sciences. Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 2018; 41, 378-383.

[3] Gehring, R., Mochel, J.P., Schmerold, I. 2023. Understanding the Background and Clinical Significance of the WHO, WOAH and EMA Classifications of Antimicrobials to Mitigate Antimicrobial Resistance. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 2023, https://doi10.3389/fvets.2023.1153048

[4] Schmerold I., van Geijlswijk, I., Gehring, R. 2023. European regulations on the use of antibiotics in veterinary medicine. European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2023,


1) The EUFEPS Network on Veterinary Medicines started to present professional Webinars. On Oct 15, 2021, Prof. Jonathan Mochel (College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, U.S.A.) spoke about “The use of computational approaches to address dosing decisions in veterinary cardiology”. This specific topic was presented as a duo event together with Dr. Émilie Guillot (Global Technical Manager Cardiology-Nephrology-Hypertension, CEVA SANTE ANIMALE, France), thus, comprising both academic as well as ap-plied perspectives of this innovative technique. Leaving aside the stipulated conclusions of this presentation it became clear that mathematical models can characterize the understanding of biological systems and their response to drug exposure under (patho)physi-ological conditions. They allow to simulate the PK/PD of therapeutic drugs for a priori optimization of clinical trial design and personalized medicine applications.

2) The second webinar was scheduled for February 22, 2022, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. CET and was presented by Prof Internal Medicine Henrik Rönnberg, Swedish University of Agricultural Scienced (SLU) Uppsala, Sweden: “Supporting veterinary medicine in diabetes research a win-win approach for animal welfare and human health". Prof. Rönnberg put emphasize on the usefulness and expediency of different animal species and revealed for each of the species considered - canine (dog), the feline (cat), equine (horse), and porcine (pig) - a specific approach to comparative diabetes research.



Further webinars are in planning. Topic, presenter, login instructions and will be announced in time by email.

Network Leader


Ivo Schmerold

Formerly University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Vienna, AT