Organisation structure

Department of Public Veterinary Medicine and Animal Welfare

Characteristics of the department

The department was established after the change in the organisational structure as of 1 September 2020. It was created by merging the Institute of Animal and Environmental Hygiene, the Institute of Forensic and Public Veterinary Medicine and Economics, and the Institute of Applied Ethology and Professional Ethics.

Workplace of Animal Hygiene and Environmental Protection

It is located in Pavilion No. 3 on the second floor. In the field of educational activities, teachers provide education in all study programmes accredited at UVLF in Košice, including study programmes in the English language. Within the individual study programmes, the workplace offers subjects, which help students acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for planning, organising, controlling and carrying out professional activities in animal protection and environmental creation. Students will also learn the procedures for carrying out epidemiological and epizootiological activities in veterinary, healthcare and, pharmaceutical facilities as well as monitoring of diseases characterised by the phenomenon of natural outbreaks and the implementation of measures to protect human health and the environment. In the field of scientific research activities, teachers, scientists, and doctoral students participate in dealing with issues related to sanitation, creation and protection of the environment, and zoohygienic issues concerning the hygiene of livestock breeding.

Workplace of Forensic and Public Veterinary Medicine and Economy

It is situated in Pavilion No. 5. Teachers of the department provide teaching in all accredited study programmes in the first, second and the combined first and second levels of higher education. They also provide selected topics for the study part of doctoral studies in the study programme Infectious Diseases of Animals. In the field of scientific research, teachers, scientists, and doctoral students deal with various issues in the field of forensic veterinary medicine, public veterinary medicine, food inspection, and the legal and economic impact of animal husbandry and ownership.

Workplace of Applied Ethology and Professional Ethics

In the field of educational activities, the teachers of the workplace participate in teaching animal ethology and professional ethics in individual study programmes, both in Slovak and English. In the area of scientific research activities, teachers, scientists and doctoral students are engaged in dealing with questions related to ethology and welfare of domesticated animals, with a focus on the study of therapy and prevention of behavioural disorders and the determination of physiological and behavioural indicators of impaired welfare. The staff members are active in educating guide dog trainers and those interested in practising canistherapy. For the canine community, they organize educational events and provide consultations. In addition, they offer behavioural counselling to owners of dogs and cats with behavioural disorders.