About Us

The past five years have seen a marked increase in the spread and range of pet parasite diseases throughout Europe. The ESCCAP aim is to provide veterinary professionals with free expert information in the form of guidelines derived from independent and soundly based investigation and research and which are continually updated and revised. Our group of leading European veterinary parasitologists and public health professionals are committed to raising awareness and in the recommendation of appropriate and proven control measures to protect companion animals.

There are twelve ESCCAP members selected on the basis of their expertise and their ability to represent a country or region of Europe. Each member is responsible for promoting ESCCAP and its objectives and producing translations and adaptations of ESCCAP guidelines in his or her own region. The long term ESCCAP goal is that parasites will no longer be a health issue for pets and humans in Europe and currently our activities are extending into eastern European countries where zoonoses pose significant threats to human and pet populations. These threats will increase with the relative ease of pet movement within and across Europe.

The emphasis of the organisation is very much directed towards fostering collaboration with the medical profession, allied government bodies and stakeholder partners to address in concert the serious emerging pet parasite control issues faced by an enlarging Europe. To this end ESCCAP organises and attends events such as the recent Echinococcus conference in Vilnius which featured key contributions from leading specialists and delegates from around the world. Building on the platform of these events and conferences and the published guidelines, ESCCAP seeks to expand its activities and influence throughout Europe by providing independent and valuable information to veterinary practitioners.

ESCCAP Chairman, Professor Paul Overgaauw

Paul Overgaauw graduated as DVM in 1985 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Utrecht. After five years in veterinary practice he moved to the pharmaceutical industry as a technical manager. There he completed in 1997 his PhD on Veterinary and Public Health aspects of Toxocarosis and was registered as specialist in veterinary microbiology (Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association) and as parasitologist (Foundation for Biomedical Scientific Research Training). In 2011 he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

At present he is part-time Assistant Professor at the Division of Veterinary Public Health at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht; Professor of Animal Health at the University of Applied Sciences, HAS Den Bosch, and consultant in the field of veterinary parasitology and zoonoses. He has published widely and authored and co-authored books and book chapters. Paul was a member of the Editorial Board of the Dutch Veterinary Journal for 9 years and served as Chairman and Secretary of several veterinary committees and organizations. At present he is board member of the Benelux branch of the European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP).


ESCCAP Finance Director, Professor Luis Madeira de Carvalho


ESCCAP Liaison Director, Professor Jakub Gawor


ESCCAP Guideline Director, Dr Ian Wright