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Chair of Veterinary Bio- and Population Medicine (VL VB)

In Estonian

The chair of basic veterinary sciences and population medicine unites the working groups from three responsibility areas of the University

  • animal morphology and physiology,
  • veterinary microbiology and parasitology,
  • animal health and welfare.

The department is responsible for the teaching of main basic veterinary sciences like anatomy, histology, physiology, microbiology, virology, parasitology and epidemiology and related subjects like pathological anatomy and physiology, necropsy, animal hygiene and welfare. The disciplines related to the field of population medicine, such as infectious and parasitic diseases of animals and poultry, herd health of farm animals are also the responsibility of the department. The disciplines like veterinary public health, state veterinary medicine, veterinary legislation and forensic veterinary medicine as being closely related to above-listed disciplines are also taught by teachers of the department.

In the field of animal science, the department is teaching the subjects related to the impact of animal farming to the environment as well as feeding consultant’s course and a course in biogas production.

Veterinaaria alusteaduste mitmepalgelisus

The versatility of basic veterinary science (A. Viltrop)

During recent years the researchers and the research groups of the department have been engaged in projects mainly dealing with the epidemiology of zoonoses, the epidemiology of bovine respiratory and protozoan infections and host response to these infections, comparative anatomy of bovine pelvis, the causes of death in Falconiformes in Estonia as well as emission of pollutants (NH3, H2S, N2O)  in Estonian animal production systems and attitudes and behaviour of cattle farmers towards disease prevention and control measures.

 In addition, the assessment of risks of introduction of epidemic animal diseases has been conducted at the department.

As new areas, the research into the epidemiology of African swine fever and causes of culling and death in cattle have been initiated.

The research laboratories of the department are equipped with modern apparatus for parasitological, microbiological and molecular biological investigations (including bio-safety level 3 laboratory) as well as for histological investigations (including electron microscopy). In our possession, there is equipment for measuring the environmental parameters in farm animal housing systems.

The department has an international scope and is actively collaborating on research projects and education with researchers from e.g. Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark and Germany. In addition, our researchers are participating in various network activities (COST, NEAT)