Welcome to Utrecht, the Netherlands! 

On behalf of the 11th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) organising committee, I am thrilled to welcome you to the Netherlands from 22 to 24 May 2019 in the city of Utrecht.


The ESPHM 2019 is a collaboration of the European College and the European Association of Porcine Health Management (ECPHM and EAPHM) and the local Dutch organising committee. The idea of hosting the 11th ESPHM in the Netherlands in 2019 originated within GD Animal Health, a leading organisation in Animal Health and Animal Production in the Netherlands, founded in 1919 so indeed exactly a century ago. Furthermore, within the organising committee the Dutch porcine veterinary community with leading institutes like Utrecht and Wageningen Universities, main industrial partners and especially the veterinary practitioners, is very well represented.


The Netherlands is a prominent European country when it comes to pig production and porcine health management. Our relatively small country is densely populated with on one hand livestock and on the other hand critical, empowered consumers. Hence we are dealing with many challenges when it comes to animal care, environmental and welfare issues and the necessary technical innovations to be prepared for a sustainable future of the European pig producing sector. So after ten consecutive increasingly successful ESPHM meetings it is about time the Netherlands is hosting the 11th version of the European Symposium.


Utrecht is a vibrant city of knowledge with young, brainy residents, a thriving creative sector and attractive business locations, just 30 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and at the junction of the country’s key motorways and railway lines. Furthermore, Utrecht is also the home town of one of the oldest universities of the Netherlands, founded 1636, and the only faculty of veterinary medicine of the country with the largest academic veterinary hospital in Europe. The congress centre of the 11th ESPHM is Tivoli-Vredenburg, the exciting brand new concert and congress venue right in the city centre, next to the central railway station, close to hotels and within walking distance of all the historic highlights of Utrecht.


We do hope to welcome you in the Netherlands in 2019!


Theo M.J. Geudeke,

President of the 11th ESPHM


The abstract book for ESPHM2019 is now available for download here.


The programme book for ESPHM2019 is now available for download here.


Book your hotel for ESPHM2019 now! There are only a few hotels left. Click here to find more information and the booking link.


Registration for ESPHM2019 is open now! Click here to find more information and the registration link.


The sponsor brochure Sponsorship, networking and marketing opportunities for ESPHM2019 is now available for download here.


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Human transmission of infectious swine diseases are a concern when veterinarians and affiliated people meet from all over the world. Therefore the Local Organizing Committee would like to call upon all participants to the ESPHM:

  • not to wear clothes or shoes to the ESPHM that have been used during farm visits;
  • not to visit pig farms in the days immediate before the ESPHM;
  • not to bring any food, especially food containing pork products, during your travel to the Netherlands;
  • not to visit pig farms during your stay in the Netherlands/Europe;
  • not to wear clothes or shoes which you have worn during the ESPHM to visit pig farms back home;
  • not to visit pig farms back home in the days immediately after your participation of the ESPHM.

Thank you all for your effort to stop the spread of swine infectious diseases.


Early bird registration until April 21st, 2019.

Regular registration from April 22nd, 2019.

Official ESPHM2019 app available from May 8th, 2019.

Start of the ESPHM2019 from May 22nd, 2019.



Vredenburgkade 11

3511 WC Utrecht

The Netherlands

Symposium secretariat

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Maastricht, the Netherlands

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