Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a transboundary disease of economic importance affecting cattle and buffaloes. In South-Eastern Europe, immunization of cattle with homologous live attenuated vaccines for LSD control has prevented outbreaks since 2017, but has been associated with adverse reactions resembling disease symptoms. Thus, a diagnostic method suitable for disease surveillance in farms during vaccination campaigns with Neethling (Onderstepoort) and SIS type (Lumpyvax) live attenuated LSDV vaccines in Europe should be able to detect the wild type (WT) LSDV in animals with adverse reactions to the vaccines and samples with potentially high titers of the vaccine LSDV. To this end, a real-time PCR method targeting the EEV gene of LSDV was developed for the specific detection of WT strains, along with the use of beta-actin gene as an internal amplification control (IAC). Amplification efficiency of the WT virus target was 99.0% and 98.6%, in the presence and in the absence of high loads of vaccine LSDV, respectively. In the presence of 10 vaccine LSDV DNA copies, the limit of detection for WT LSDV was 12.6 DNA copies per reaction. The inter-assay CV was 0.04% for WT LSDV and 0.13% for beta-actin. The method can confirm diagnosis in suspect cases irrespective of the presence of the vaccine LSDV DNA by overcoming the masking effect of the WT LSDV. The simultaneous amplification of the beta-actin gene further assures the quality of diagnostic testing. The new method is a surveillance tool, complementing the DIVA real-time PCR during vaccination campaigns and can provide rapid insight on the targeted EEV gene in countries with novel and recombinant LSDV strains.