The contents of these web pages are prepared and directed to both
the continuing education and updating the activities of veterinarians.

Objectives and aims

The Canine Leishmaniasis Working Group (C.L.W.G.) has been established with the aim to obtain a rational and homogeneous approach to the canine patient with clinical leishmaniasis. The first establishment meeting was held in Rome in November 25th, 2005 with the support of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, world leader in the nutrition of small animals. In particular, the C.L.W.G. activity aims to optimize the following aspects of disorders induced by Leishmania in the dog:

  1. Diagnosis,
  2. Treatment,
  3. Management of Leishmania infected dogs without overt clinical signs,
  4. Prevention.

The C.L.W.G. is represented from several members (please refer to the Composition section) chaired by a chairman which contribute for the following sectors in the Leishmaniosis: dermatology, hematology, pharmacology and therapy, clinical immunology, histopathology, internal medicine, nephrology, ophthalmology, clinical pathology, and parasitology.

Since February 14th, 2014 the C.L.W.G. is a non-profit-making Scientific Cultural Association just to continue its activity. In December 31st, 2017 the Hill’s Pet Nutrition support has ended. From January 25th, 2018 the C.L.W.G. is supported by Ecuphar, multinational veterinary pharmaceutical company belonging to the Animalcare Ltd. Group.

CLWG News

CLWG meeting of Novarello, September 18th, 2022 Canine leishmaniosis: old and new evidence. Let’s talk together

After almost two years of scientific and continuing education del CLWG using remote connections, a scientific meeting of continuing education on site has been organized at Granozzo di Monticello, Novara whose title is “Canine leishmaniosis: old and new evidence. Let’s talk together”. To attend this meeting is necessary the registration. The planning of the meeting is organized with five presentations:

In the last issue of the well-known journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine an article from the members of Canine Leishmaniosis Working Group has been published whose title is “The knowns and unknowns of the efficacy of neem oil (Azadirachta indica) used as a preventative measure against Leishmania sand fly vectors (Phlebotomus genus)”.

In this webinar that will be held April 20th, 2022 starting at 2.00 PM for about one hour, using the web page Cogito Erg Vet, Formazione Veterinaria (Veterinary Education), both Prof. Saverio Paltrinieri and Prof. George Lubas will present data about serology in canine leishmaniosis. Indeed, serology initially with the indirect immunofluorescence test (IFT) and then with the ELISA, has been traditionally used to support the diagnosis of an infected and/or diseased dog of leishmaniosis.

In order to streamline the study above different features of canine leishmaniasis the following three subgroups have been established:

Management and implementation of studies and protocols on canine leishmaniasis: Dr. Michele Maroli (coordinator), Dr. Nunzio D’Anna, Dr. Luigi Gradoni, Dr. Alessandra Fondati, Prof. George Lubas, Prof. Saverio Paltrinieri, Dr. Xavier Roura, Prof. Andrea Zatelli, Dr. Eric Zini

Nephrology and Leishmaniasis: Prof. Andrea Zatelli, Dr. Xavier Roura, Prof. Oscar Cortadellas, Dr. Silvia Benali.

CLWG management and promotion: Prof. George Lubas (coordinator), Dr. Paola Bianchi.