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COVID-19 Testing - Book your test at the hotel

Unfortunately, we are still not 100% clear of the COVID-19 pandemic and there are still some restrictions in force

Different countries have different entry restrictions.  We strongly suggest that you make sure that you are covered for the entry restrictions into Spain for the country that you are travelling from.  The current and up to date requirements can be found here: https://www.spth.gob.es/.  This page is available in Spanish, English, French and German.

Furthermore, when you travel out of Spain to your home country or next destination you may be required to have a negative COVID-19 test.  We are arranging COVID-19 testing (PCR or Antigen) at the hotel for this purpose.  The cost for a PCR is €110; the cost for an antigen test is €55.  

The deadline to let us know if you want a test is Tuesday 29th March. 

If you require a test, then please contact Florence: contact@

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Katrin Hartmann welcomes you to ALIVE 2022

Katrin Hartmann is Professor at Ludwig Maximilians Universität München (Germany).

Hello everbody

I’m really happy to invite you to join our LeishVet meeting in Málaga in the Spring of 2022 where I will talk about the situation of canine leishmaniasis in a non-endemic area.

So please join us, it will be a wonderful event and we will have lots of fun. It is a beautiful hotel, so please come to ALIVE 2022 in Málaga.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Our sponsors and donors at LeishVet ALIVE 2022

We are extremely happy to have great support from the leading companies in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of Leishmaniosis

We want to say thank you and recognize our tremendous ALIVE 2022 Corporate Sponsors and Donors that generously helped us fund this important first presential and online event, bringing together the latest clinical practices and research material on animal leishmaniosis! 

It would be an understatement to say that the period when we have been organizing this event has been challenging for everyone but we were only able to advance through their support.  Without them, our conference could not have gone ahead.

Our Ruby sponsor is Elanco. 

Our Sapphire sponsors are:

Our Turquoise sponsors are:

Our Donors are:

The sponsors and donors will be present in the Meliá Convention Center and we encourage you to catch up with their latest developments during the Poster and Commercial Exhibition breaks in the afternoons at 16:00 on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April in the Salón Málaga – where the coffee breaks will be served.  Each of them will have their own space where you will be able to find literature and speak with their representatives.

Thank you, sponsors and donors, for your continued support

We look forward to seeing you at ALIVE either Online or in Málaga!

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Leishvet ALIVE Program published

The final Lesihvet ALIVE program has now been published! 

The plenary session will be given by JEFFERY SHAW who will be talking on “Understanding the amazing diversity of Leishmaniases”. 

These are the 8 keynote addresses, divided between the research and clinical streams:

  • JOSE JOAQUÍN CERÓN: Acute phase proteins as biomarkers in canine leishmaniosis
  • GÉRALD SPAETH: The LeiSHield consortium: An ecological genomics approach towards Leishmania biomarker discovery
  • KATRIN HARTMANN: Leishmania infection in dogs – what is different in non-endemic countries
  • EDUARDO BERRIATÚA: Epidemiology of canine and human leishmaniosis in Europe: two sides of the same coin?
  • CLAUDIO BROVIDA: Kidney disease management in cases of leishmaniosis
  • ORIN COURTENAY: Advances in the One Health control of leishmaniasis
  • LAURA ORDEIX: That cutaneous problem is leishmaniosis: How can I correlate clinical signs to Leishmania infection?
  • SHADEN KAMHAWI: Pathogenesis of leishmaniosis through the lens of a vector sandfly

In addition, there will be round table discussions with the Keynote Speakers and the LeishVeters  on the following topics:

  • Epidemiology
  • Diagnosis and decision making
  • Immunization and immunomodulation
  • Prevention

The following topics will also be discussed in 37 oral presentations:

  • Genomics
  • Clinical and diagnostic
  • Treatment
  • Immunology
  • Epidemiology
  • Feline Epidemiology
  • Prevention

and over 25 poster presentations – the posters themselves will be available for view on both days of the event. 

LeisheVeters will bring their practical experience to the event through presentations of Clinical Cases.  There will also be an opportunity to discuss your clinical cases and research in two informal early morning get-togethers.

The event is packed with presentations and clinical cases that will allow you to further your knowledge about leishmaniosis. Our sponsors (Elanco, IDEXX, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Leti Pharma, Virbac and MSD Animal Health) will all have a presence in the event if you want to catch up with their latest developments. There are also ample opportunities during coffee breaks, lunch and the ALIVE dinner and party to network and gather contacts to help you in the future. 

With over 24 hours of presentation time, the first Leishmaniosis conference for veterinarians provides a unique opportunity to interact both presentially and online to keep up to date on the latest developments regarding animal Leishmaniosis.

If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to register.

We look forward to seeing you at ALIVE either Online or in Málaga!

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Book your stay for ALIVE 2022

ALIVE 2022 will take place at the Meliá Costa del Sol in Málaga. In addition to its remarkable location, the Convention Centre adjacent to the hotel and compliance with current regulations, led to its choice as the perfect venue.

Now is the moment to make your reservation.  Rooms are booked on a “first come first serve basis”.

ALIVE 2022 has negotiated special prices with the Meliá Costa del Sol for all those that will be attending the event presentially. There will be rooms available for sharing for up to 3 people.

Rooms are beginning to get booked up, so we strongly encourage you to make your reservation now on the Meliá reservation page.  Payment will be taken at the hotel, not now when you reserve.

The process is very simple:

  1. Choose the dates. The conference kicks off at 8 am on Friday 1st April so if you don’t want to miss the opening session you should arrive on Thursday 31st March and, if you are participating for the full two days, your stay would finish on Sunday 3rd April.
  2. Select the number of people you are making the booking for.  Remember that there are a maximum of 3 people allowed in 1 room.
  3. You can cancel the booking up to 15:00 on 24th March (1 week before the booking). If you cancel between 7 day(s) & 48 hour(s) before arrival: 1 night(s) charge as cancellation penalty will apply.
  4. Payment is made at the hotel.
  5. The hotel has excellent rooms located between the first and fourth floors. There is a terrace and sea views as well as a working space with free Wi-Fi, in these bright, spacious and comfortable rooms.
  6. The price for 1 person per night is €115,50 / night, for two people in one room the price is €126,50 / night and for 3 people sharing a room, the price is €165 / night.
  7. All reservations include breakfast.
  8. Simply fill out your personal details and continue to make the reservation.

Top 6 reasons to reserve your hotel room within the official ALIVE  hotel!

  1. By staying in the hotel with the speakers, Leishveters and the other guests you will increase your networking opportunities.
  2. The conference centre is located within the hotel complex eliminating transport costs!
  3. Affordable Group Rates – Sure you’ve seen it a hundred times, the internet offers and special mailings promising the lowest rates on the market.  Don’t believe the hype! The official hotel provides the best value for your money, and you can be assured of the level of accommodations you’ll receive.  Best of all, you can extend your stay and still enjoy the area at the conference rate!
  4. You don’t have to pre-pay for your entire stay if you book through ALIVE, but you may have to if you are booking through a discount service.
  5. The elimination of “extra fees” you would be required to pay if you were travelling on your own.  These fees can be quite expensive and add up to no small amount. However, if you book through ALIVE, the only fees you are required to pay are for the costs of your hotel room and applicable taxes. You don’t even have to pay for in-room Wi-Fi; it’s free!
  6. The hotel will not impose additional mandatory charges such as energy surcharges, porterage or resort fees.  With the ALIVE rate, you only pay for the room!

Beware of Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations

Note that Meliá Costa del Sol is the only official hotel associated with our event. While other hotel resellers may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the show. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.

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Animal Leishmaniosis International Veterinary Event - ALIVE 2022

With just a few weeks to go now is the time to sign up for the first Animal Leishmaniosis International Veterinary Event - ALIVE 2022

The first Animal Leishmaniosis International Veterinary Event – ALIVE 2022 –  will take place from March 31st to April 2nd at the Meliá Costa del Sol, Málaga, Spain.

The first edition of ALIVE (Animal Leishmaniosis International Veterinary Event) has two streams, with worldwide speakers, to cover both the research aspects of animal leishmaniosis and the clinical diagnosis and treatment for this important zoonosis.

The event will be simultaneously presential and online with participants able to choose the format that they prefer.

For those participants opting for the presential format in Málaga, there will be a unique opportunity to join the Speakers and members of LeishVet in round table events, to discuss real clinical cases and other aspects related to the epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical treatment and prevention of animal leishmaniosis.

Don’t miss ALIVE 2022, organized by LeishVet and bringing together the latest worldwide clinical practices and research material on animal leishmaniosis.

Don’t forget to put the date in your agenda and sign up and if you are coming to Málaga, book your room to make the most out of this event.

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ALIVE 2022 Venue: Hotel Meliá Costa del Sol, Málaga

The LeishVet ALIVE International Leishmaniosis Event venue is in the conference centre of the Hotel Meliá Costa del Sol in Spain

We will be offering a hybrid event, where, apart from online attendance, there will be an opportunity to be present at the conference and take part in all the activities such as the informal get together or the conference dinner on Saturday evening.  For those that choose the presential option, the ALIVE 2022 event will be held in Hotel Meliá Costa del Sol. This magnificent resort is located in Málaga where visitors will be able to enjoy all that the Costa del Sol and its beaches have to offer.

The fantastic Convention Centre is equipped with the latest technology and has the latest audiovisual equipment. It has 11 meeting and banqueting rooms all with natural light and a capacity for up to 600 people – the perfect place for any type of event. 

The hotel has 538 rooms and suites with stunning sea views. There are a number of different lunch and dining spaces (outdoor Rooftop Terrace, Chiringuito on the beach, Buffet Restaurant and Lobby Bar) as well as an outdoor pool overlooking the sea surrounded by gardens.

For those that want to be pampered the Thalasso Spa measuring 350 m2 is equipped with a sea-water pool at 36ºC, a steam bath, a sauna, two massage cabins (one for two people) and a relaxation area. And for those that want to keep fit, apart from spectacular jogging along the seafront, there is a gym that is open 24 hours a day.

Safety and COVID-19

In the times we find ourselves we certainly hope that by March 2022 the pandemic will be fading into history.  However, we will keep safety in mind and the hotel specifically says:

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, our hotel operations have been adapted to guarantee safety for our customers and compliance with regulations. Additional cleaning and hygiene measures have been implemented and some procedures and spaces have been adjusted. These changes may affect some services. 

For more specific information on this hotel, please see the Stay Safe section of their web.


ALIVE 2022 has negotiated special prices for those attending the event. There will also be rooms available for sharing for up to a maximum of three people per room (for larger parties, please contact the organization).

Book your Accommodation

Hotel Services

  • 24-hour reception
  • Free high-speed WiFi Internet
  • Internet Corner (E – point) (*)
  • Medical services (on request) (*)
  • Laundry and ironing service (*)
  • Parking (*)
  • Airport shuttle service (*)
  • Wellbeing massages (*)
  • Hairdressers
  • Secretary services / International translations (on request) (*)
  • Currency exchange (*)
  • Car rental (*)
  • Concierge, booking of excursions and sale of entrance tickets

(*) extra

We look forward to seeing you at The LeishVet ALIVE 2022 International Leishmaniosis Conference in Málaga, Spain

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Why you should attend the LeishVet ALIVE International Leishmaniosis Event and Conference

The LeishVet ALIVE International Leishmaniosis Conference represents a unique opportunity for veterinarians to come together both presentially and online to discover the best and latest about animal Leishmaniosis.

In just two days you will be able to access over 24 hours of talks and discussions specifically related to animal Leishmaniosis.  If you are part of a continued education program or a practitioner that wants to keep up to date with the disease then this is the event for you. With two main streams of Clinical Practice and Research material, you will be sure to find the topics you need.  The program has been put together to ensure that none of the keynote speakers coincides, meaning that you won’t miss out on the paper you wanted to listen to just because you were in a different stream.

The quality of the talks is bound to be high with the top names from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the USA contributing their latest research and practical clinical know-how.

You will be able to grow your network while learning about the latest innovations related to animal Leishmaniosis.  The Leishvet team have even put together a Young Scientists and Clinicians Informal Get Together.  The Breakfast Get Together will take place on both Friday, April 1st and Saturday, April 2nd and will be a unique opportunity for Vets and Researchers starting out to have access to the Keynote speakers and experts from Leishvet.  If you have a live case ask for an opinion from the experts.  We are waiting for the exact format due to the health restrictions that might be in place at the time of the conference.  The conference material will remain online after the close of the conference.

There will also be posters from other key members of the community to view.  These will of course be available physically at the ALIVE conference facility in Meliá Costa del Sol, Málaga, Spain but will also be available online.

Who Should Attend?

The conference has been designed for many different levels in the community with opportunities for professionals, academics and students to submit their papers. (To submit an abstract please read through the guidelines).

If you fall into one of these categories and have an interest in animal Leishmaniosis then we would love to see you:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Researchers
  • Veterinary Academics
  • Registered Veterinary Technicians
  • Veterinary Practice managers
  • Students

We look forward to seeing you at The LeishVet ALIVE 2022 International Leishmaniosis Conference in Málaga, Spain

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ALIVE 2022 is proud to announce that the keynote speaker will be Prof. Jeffrey Shaw

Prof. Jeffrey Shaw will be opening the LeishVet ALIVE International Leishmaniosis conference.

Jeffrey Shaw, Speaker Alive 2022There is one name that stands out in the world of animal Leishmaniosis, Jeffrey Shaw OBE, FLS, FASTMH.  With more than 250 publications related to Leishmaniosis, Chagas disease and different aspects of other neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) he is the leading authority on animal Leishmaniosis.

Originally from England, he has worked on leishmaniasis in Brazil since 1965, initially in the Amazon region, where he was based at the Instituto Evandro Chagas, Belem, Brazil. In 1994 he left Belem to take up a tenured professorship in Sao Paulo University’s Parasitology Department located in its Biomedical Sciences Institute. 

When in Belem, in what became the Wellcome Parasitology Unit, he and his team were responsible for a multitude of discoveries about Leishmania and its various species. Over the years the work of his team revolutionised the study of leishmaniasis, and according to Shaw.

“This knowledge made fundamental changes in understanding the pathology, clinical immunology, treatment, vaccination, and control of what is not one disease but a mosaic of diseases.”

He retired in 2008 but continues there as a Senior Professor. He has been a member of three WHO Leishmaniasis Expert Committees, is a WHO expert advisor on Parasitic Diseases (Leishmaniasis) and an advisor to national and international research and funding agencies. 

Prof. Shaw is a fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Science, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and founder and director of the International Leishmaniasis discussion group (Leish-L).

His keynote speech will be on Understanding the amazing diversity of Leishmaniases.

Selected work

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Registration is open! Secure your spot at the LeishVet ALIVE International Leishmaniosis Event

The Animal Leishmaniosis International Veterinary Event 2022 is now open for registration.

Speakers from Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the USA will deliver the presential and online event on March 31st, for delegates from across the world to find out about the state of research and clinical practice in animal Leishmaniosis.

Join LeishVet and your veterinary community either online or in Málaga for three days of inspiration, conversation, and education taught by the best and brightest in the world of animal Leishmaniosis. Registration is now open for the ALIVE 2022 event. The conference will take place next spring in Málaga, Spain, from March 31st – April 2nd 2022, and we can’t wait to see you there!

Expand your skillset, gain practical knowledge, and learn the latest information on hot topics impacting Leishmaniosis today. Whatever your career stage or focus area, ALIVE 2022 has what you need to grow and advance in your career.

We will explore these tracks:

  • Epidemiology.
  • Basic to clinical immunology.
  • Genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics of leishmaniosis, susceptibility and resistance to infection and disease.
  • Pathogenesis.
  • Clinical and diagnostic aspects.
  • Treatment, prognosis and monitoring.
  • Preventative tools.

All 24 hours of educational sessions will be available on-demand to convention attendees after the conference.

Further details, including how to register, can be found on the ALIVE 2022 (Animal Leishmaniosis International Veterinary Event 2022).

We look forward to seeing you at ALIVE either Online or in Málaga!