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Specialists to Specialists - Third International Conference of Veterinary Swine Specialists

New legal regulations on antibiotic use in livestock, ASF, efficient
management of large weaner groups production - challenges for swine veterinarians




Hotel Metropolo by Golden Tulip

(ul. Orzechowa 11, Kraków)

Entry fee

PLN 350 + VAT

(PLN 430.50 gross)

Dear Colleagues, Swine Disease Specialists and Employees of the Veterinary Inspection!

We are honored to invite you to the 3rd International Hyopathology Conference in Krakow, the city where the University Center for Veterinary Medicine UJ-UR (UCMW UJ-UR) has been operating for 10 years, established by two universities, the Jagiellonian University and the University of Agriculture.

It is worth mentioning that this year, in March, the fifth year of veterinarians has left the walls of the Center. UCMW is the main organizer of the conference. The previous two meetings in Krakow (2019 and 2021) enjoyed great interest among veterinarians - swine disease specialists. It can be said that the relocation of the conference venue from Puławy - where 24 editions took place - to Krakow met with great approval of the participants. We notice that an increasing number of colleagues are convinced of the view presented by the organizers for many years, saying that being a specialist in swine diseases is not limited only to classical veterinary knowledge, but also includes the organization and management of production, including optimal use of sows' reproductive potential, nutrition, genetics, etc.

Without the knowledge of the above-mentioned issues, a veterinarian cannot perform appropriate activities in the field of health protection, and therefore a pig producer has no chance of a profitable, competitive on a European scale production of piglets and fattening pigs. We are convinced that all specialists are aware of the need to keep up with the progress that is taking place in all areas of our life, including veterinary medicine, and the need to implement new and better solutions for practical use.

Unfortunately, in recent years, due to ASF and low production profitability, the number of pig farms has decreased significantly. Today we have less than 70,000 of them in Poland, once (20 years ago) there were 800,000 pig farms. Consequently, the labor market for veterinarians, specialists in swine diseases, has been significantly limited. The production profile of fattening pigs has also changed; unfortunately, almost 50% of them are reared in fattening houses, which additionally adversely affected the scope of medical and veterinary services.

Considering the situation in other European countries, it can be hoped that the worst is behind us and that the following years will be characterised by a dynamic reconstruction of the domestic sow herd.

Bearing in mind that the main reason for the sharp decline in the number of sows outside ASF is the average low efficiency of pig rearing, the 3rd Conference in Krakow will be devoted to drawing attention to the possibilities of improving the existing situation. A new problem that we must face as soon as possible is the need to significantly reduce the use of antibiotics in pig production. We are one of the few European countries where the consumption of antibiotics per unit of meat mass produced does not decrease, but even increases. For this reason, we will devote a relatively large amount of time to this issue in Krakow. As always, for over a quarter of a century, we have invited outstanding scientists and practitioners from Europe - from countries characterized by particularly effective production of the species of animals we are interested in - to participate in the conference. Most of those who will also present their views during the two roundtable sessions are colleagues, recognized in our community, swine disease specialists.


The conference can take place in this formula, which will surely satisfy you, mainly thanks to the large number of sponsors, whom we would like to thank for their generosity - despite the temporary difficult times.

The details of the conference, including data on sponsors, can be found on the website you are already on. We cordially invite you to Krakow, where in the professionally prepared Congress Center of Hotel Metropolo by Golden Tulip we will be able not only to listen to lectures and discussions, but also to meet in person, for which, during the COVID-19 epidemic lasting more than two years, we did not have too many occasions.


prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak
Head of Committee

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dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK
UCMW UJ-UR Director

Thank you for attending. We are looking forward to see you next year!


Conference Programme

1/06/2021  Tuesday

June 21st 2022, Tuesday

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome of the conference guests –  UCMW President, dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK

Opening ceremony – JM Rektor UR, dr hab. inż. Sylwester Tabor, prof. URK

Session I

New approach to control of swine infectious diseases
Chairman: dr hab. Kazimierz Tarasiuk, prof. URK, Poland

9:15 – 9:45

Hans Nauwynck (Belgium) – Effect of pig breed and virus genotype on PCV2 interaction with target cells (lymphoblasts and monocytes); how to put the research results into practice?

9:45 – 10:15

Marcin Łukaszewicz (UWr, Poland) – Postbiotics as an alternative to antibiotics?

10:15 – 10:45

Juhle-Marike Buch (Germany) – Polyserositis and polyarthritis in piglets: causes, diagnostics and prevention

10:45 – 11:00

11:00 – 11:45



Official opening of the exhibition during the break

Session II

Efficient management of large weaner groups production
Chairman: prof. dr hab. Roman Kołacz (UMK Toruń, Poland)

11:45 – 12:15

12:15 – 12:45

12:45 – 13:15

13:15 – 13:30

13:30 – 14:45

Said El Bohdidi (Spain) – How Spain achieved efficient production of piglets

Janusz Wojtczak (Poznań, Poland) – Critical points of consistent flow production of large weaner groups

Rodrigo Otavio Silveira Silva (Brasil) – Clostridium difficile in piglets: is it a real


Lunch break

Session III

Possibilities of limited antibiotics application
Chairman: dr hab. Zbigniew Arent, prof. URK

14:45 – 15:15

Artur Zalewski (One Health Consulting, Poland) – Implementation of new regulations on the use of antibiotics in selected EU countries and in Poland

15:15 – 15:45

15:45 – 16:15

16:15 – 16:45

16:45 – 17:00

17:00 – 18:15


Arunee Thanasarasakulpong (Great Britain) – Advanced biosecurity - keys to effective cleaning & disinfection and reducing pathogen pressure to assist antibiotic reduction in swine farms

Friederike Schmelz (Germany) – The latest data on control of neonatal diarrhea in piglets

Daniel Korniewicz (Kiszkowo, Poland) – Nutrition as a supporting factor in limiting antibiotic use in pigs


Discussion panel: Methods and tools applied to reduce the use of antibiotics

Experts: P. Lewkowicz, M. Michalski, J. Wojciechowski, J. Pastuszak, W. Pichowicz
Moderator: prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak (UCMW UJ-UR)

Gala dinner

1/06/2021  Tuesday

June 22nd 2022, Wednesday
Session IV

African swine fever – wild boars, possibilities of eradication
Chairman: prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Woźniakowski (UMK Toruń, Poland)

9:00 – 9:25

Paweł Niemczuk (GIW, Poland) – Current epidemiological situation in Central Europe, with particular emphasis on Poland

9:25 – 9:50

9:50 – 10:15

10:15 – 10:30

10:30 – 10:45

10:45 – 11:30

Krzysztof Jażdżewski (GIW, Poland) – Challenges and experiences of ASF
control in wild boar population

Grzegorz Woźniakowski (UMK Toruń, Poland) – Current opinion of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) on the eradication possibilities of ASF

Jean-Charles Baglione (France) - Disinfection as an important tool to control ASF. New opportunities



Session V

Rational use of antibiotics in pig respiratory diseases control
Chairwoman: prof. dr hab. Małgorzata Pomorska-Mól (UP Poznań)

11:30 – 12:00

Grażyna Kusior (Lublin, Poland) – Liquid feeding as a way to reduce the cost
of production and limit the use of antibiotics

12:00 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:45

13:45 – 14:00

Paulina Abramowicz-Pindor (Warsaw, Poland) – Sustainable swine production

Discussion panel: How to control respiratory diseases
in farrow-to-finish and open cycle pig production systems?

Experts: P. Kwieciński, K. Pająk, M. Porowski, T. Trela, K. Wierzchosławski
Moderator: prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak

Conference summary - prof. dr hab. Zygmunt Pejsak

Charity Auction


During the Conference, the Auction for charity will be held. We encourage you to participate in the event.

Below you will find information about the items displayed. The list will be regularly updated.

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Butterfly Tree, 2022
Bożena Pejsak


Laboratorium Zielarza suplement set (worth ~500 PLN) and AdiFeed  Voucher (worth 2000 PLN)

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Noble portrait, Joanna Burda, oil on canvas
60x80 cm



Hunter Pro Alox - Victorinox Knife set


Zmarzlik Team 2022 jacket (or voucher) by Polish speedway champion: Bartosz Zmarzlik


Dometic Portable vaccine car fridge & a surprise


Platinum Sponsor



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University Center of Veterinary Medicine

Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences, Section of pig physiology and pathology PTNW

Polish Academy of Sciences, Committee of Veterinary Sciences and Reproductive Biology

Technical Organizer

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Strategic Patron


Media Patron

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Media Partner


Conference location

Metropolo Hotel by Golden Tulip

(11 Orzechowa St, Cracow)

Free City Travel Pass
The Conference Patron is the Municipality of Cracow, which allows us to offer you a free public transport pass for the time of the Event (between June 21st, 12:00 a.m. to June 22nd, 11:59 p.m.).

Note: Only the Conference ID badge with the MPK hologram serves as a city transportation free pass. You can receive your badge at the Event registration desk at the aforementioned hotel.

Due to a noticeable interest in the Event among participants from outside Kraków, we would like to recommend the Attendees the event exclusive offers from other local hotels. Please see the details below.

Note: The conference host is not responsible for the accommodation, including its pricing, deals or service quality.


Ruczaj Hotel

44 Ruczaj, 30-409 Cracow

tel. +48 12 269 10 00

Offer code: Konferencja Weterynaryjna

single room with breakfast

170 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room with breakfast

 250 PLN/night (VAT included)

Price includes:

       free parking


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1D Sucha, 30-601 Cracow

tel. +48 533 398 847
+48 12 397 77 31

Offer code: Konferencja Specjaliści Specjalistom

single room with breakfast

279 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room Standard

(1 queen-size bed) with breakfast – 299 PLN/night

(VAT included)

double room Deluxe

(1 king-size bed or 2 single beds) with breakfast – 349 PLN/night (VAT included)


47 Kobierzyńska,
30-363 Cracow

tel. +48 12 261 86 00

Offer code: Specjaliści Specjalistom

single room with breakfast

170 PLN/night (VAT included)

double room with breakfast

250 PL/ night (VAT included)


1 Gabriela Narutowicza,
32-020 Wieliczka

tel. +48 12 32 83 100

double room with breakfast

270 PL/ night (+ tax)

apartament - 459 PLN/night ( VAT included)

Dodatkowo w cenie:
       free parking
       easy commute to Cracow

      (by car or train)

       assistance in organizing

       the Wieliczka Salt Mine


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About Cracow

Cracow is a unique city – over a thousand years of history, the former capital of the country, the necropolis of Polish kings and as well as the cultural, educational, scientific and economic centre of the region.
Each year, it is a place that holds high positions in the rankings of European cities most beautiful and most visited by tourists. No surprise there! The rich history is visible here almost everywhere, and the artistic spirit is simply hovering over the streets of the Old Town. The same streets, that prominent aristocrats, clergypersons, writers and artists have strolled through for ages.


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