Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences
All aspects from farm to fork

The Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences performs high-level modern teaching and R&D activities in the field of animal nutrition, animal production, including aquaculture, animal genetics and breeding, reproductive biology, biotechnology, animal health, food hygiene, food technology, and other subject areas related to animal science and veterinary medicine. Research conducted involves almost all aspects of the “from farm to fork” production and processing chain of animal products.

Particularly involved with the COST action are the departments of Nutrition and Animal Products Quality, Food Science and Hygiene, Animal Health and the Environment and Genetics and Animal Breeding. In these departments, in addition to a range of undergraduate students, postgraduate programmes, include 15 PhD students.

Our specialisms include: ruminant and monogastric animal nutrition and physiology; farm animal health, behaviour and welfare; dairy product quality, including milk composition, quality, and chemistry, feed analysis and quality; sheep and pig production; food hygiene and quality and organic dairy farming. Facilities available are: metabolism lab, feed analysis lab, milk quality lab, food hygiene lab and genetics lab.

We have a new experimental dairy unit with full access for research purposes. This is a cubicle housing unit for 120 cows, and additional housing facilities for heifers and, separately, for beef animals. We have robotic milking facilities (for 60 cows) in addition to a milking parlour (also designed for 60 cows). Data from both milking facilities are integrated. The milking parlour includes a facility for accurately measuring feed intakesand for fistulated cows; we can also measure water intakes and bodyweights.

Other facilities include a viewing platform to observe cows´ behaviour, a laboratory for sample preparation and simple on-site analyses, and a teaching room with internet access.

Recent financed research projects have included:

  • Energy balance and fertility
  • Genetic polymorphism and milk quality
  • Nutrition and milk quality
  • Automatic assessment of welfare and health in precision farming
  • Natural antioxidants in food
  • Biological and chemical hazards in the food chain

Cooperation with enterprises
We are partners in a Bio-competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products, which includes academics (ourselves and Tartu University), and private companies in the dairy industry. We are working on designing milk constituents, through nutrition, to meet health and consumer demands for functional foods. Of particular interest are the spectrum of polyunsaturated fatty acids. and novel silage inoculants for legumes.

Scientists involved in COST Action Feed for Health: David Arney and Katri Ling

Where am I?
University of Milan, ItalyNofima, NorwayNorwegian School of Veterinary Science, NorwayNorwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), NorwayInstitute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO), BelgiumWalloon Agricultural Research Centre, BelgiumFaculty of Bioscience Engineering, BelgiumUniversity of Reading, United KingdomBeacon Research, United KingdomRowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, United KingdomInstitute of Food and Health (UCD), IrelandHuman and animal physiology, Animal Sciences Wageningen University, The NetherlandsVeterinary Physiology, University of Bern, SwitzerlandAgroscope Liebefeld-Posieux, SwitzerlandTrakia University, BulgariaInstitute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research, PolandDepartment of Genetics and Biotechnology, Aarhus University, DenmarkDepartment of Animal Health, Welfare and Nutrition, Aarhus University, DenmarkLithuanian Veterinary Academy, LithuaniaINCDBNA, RomanieUniversity of Cordoba, SpainUniversity of Barcelona, SpainInstitute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, EstoniaInstitute of Bioresources (IBA), RomaniaInstitute of Crop Research, Czech RepublicUniversity of Copenhagen, DenmarkMTT Agrifood Research, FinlandResearch Institute for the Biology of Farm Animals (FBN), GermanyUniversity of Helsinki, FinlandInstitute of Food Technology, SerbiaINRA, FranceInstitute of Animal Science, Czech RepublicFaculty of Agriculture, CroatiaAgricultural University of Athens, GreeceAgricultural Research and Education Centre, AustriaSERIDA, Spain
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