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DOMINGUEZ, Aníbal et al. Current trends and perspectives in veterinary vaccine production. Biotecnol Apl [online]. 2014, vol.31, n.3, pp.196-203. ISSN 1027-2852.

The dynamism observed in the area of veterinary vaccinology needs to be monitored by the biopharmaceutical industry, thus, to anticipate to the possible changes and take actions that allow it to adapt to the future scenario. On this basis, a study was performed to assess the current status, trends, scientific and technological projections in the production of veterinary vaccines. To this end, a topic search was done on vaccines for poultry, cattle, pigs, rabbits, horses, fish and dogs, in the Scopus database from 2008 to 2012 and further contextualized to early 2014. It was found that veterinary vaccinology is a booming field, with the highest growth in the year 2011 with 18.05 % compared to 2008. As such, the US and China are leading this issue, having a major scientific interest in protein antigens, adjuvants and viral vaccines produced with conventional technologies. The most attended species are birds, pigs and cattle, the first species with 15.21 % of all publications. We conclude that the dominance of the classical vaccine production technologies will continue despite the advances in genetic engineering and biotechnology. Vaccines produced with modern technologies seem to be, at least for now, less affordable for the producer, and therefore impractical. Similarly, the next few years will be very important for the development and registration of new vaccines obtained by DIVA technology and their diagnostic systems.

Keywords : veterinary vaccines; vaccination; production technology; adjuvant.

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