The Department was established after the change of the organisational structure from 1.9.2020. 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.
It is established in Hall 3 on the second floor. In the field of educational activities, teachers are involved in providing teaching in all study programmes accredited at UVLF in Košice, including study programmes in English language. Within the individual study programmes, subjects are taught at the workplace by which the student acquires the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for planning, organising, controlling and carrying out professional activities in animal protection and environmental protection. At the same time, students learn the procedures for carrying out epidemiological and epizootiological activities in veterinary, medical and pharmaceutical establishments, as well as monitoring diseases characterised by the phenomenon of natural outbreaks and the application of measures to protect human health and the environment. In the field of scientific research activities, creative workers and doctoral students are involved in solving questions in the field of sanitation, creation and protection of the environment, zoohygienic issues related to the hygiene of livestock breeding.
It is situated in Hall 5. Teachers of the department provide teaching in all accredited study programmes in the 1st, 2nd and combined 1st and 2nd level of higher education. They are also involved in providing selected topics of the study part of doctoral studies in the study programme of infectious diseases of animals. In the field of scientific research, the creative staff and doctoral students are engaged in solving various problems in the field of forensic veterinary medicine, public veterinary medicine, food supervision and the legal and economic impact of animal husbandry and animal husbandry.
In the field of educational activities, the pedagogues of the workplace participate in the teaching of animal ethology and professional ethics in individual study programmes in both Slovak and English. In the field of scientific research activities, creative workers and PhD students are engaged in solving questions in the field of 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 members of the collective are active in the field of education of guide dog trainers, those interested in the practice of canister therapy and for the canine public they organize educational events and provide consultations. In addition, they provide behavioural counselling to owners of dogs and cats with behavioural disorders.