The Agricultural University of Athens (founded in 1920) is the third oldest University in Greece-
The Faculty of Animal Science and Aquaculture is one of the seven Faculties of the University and comprises four departments namely:
- the Department of Animal Breeding and Husbandry
- the Department of Nutritional Physiology and Feeding (former animal nutrition)
- the Department of Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals
- the Department of Applied Hydrobiology.
The Faculty offers academic education with theoretical and practical studies that include a series of courses on Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Anatomy, Physiology and Hygiene of Agricultural Animals, Physiology of Nutrition and Applied Animal Nutrition, as well as Applied Hydrobiology (Aquaculture). The courses cover all species of productive animals, both farm (cattle, sheep, goats, swine, fowl, rabbits etc) and aquatic (fishes, bivalve molluscs, crustaceans). Theoretical instruction is combined with practical work conducted at the AUA animal and aquaculture units and laboratories.
The Faculty undertakes basic and applied research on key aspects of nutritional physiology, animal feed technology and application of biotechnology in animal nutrition, animal genetics – yield physiology, genetic improvement and animal breeding issues, animal physiology and health. It is expected that further progress on these topics will contribute to the worldwide scientific effort undertaken to optimise animal performance and health, in an environmentally friendly manner, as well as towards improving the quality of animal products and their impact to human health.
For more information on the research activities undertaken by the Faculty please visit the website
Scientis involved in COST Action Feed for Health: Prof. Ioannis Politis and Dr. Konstantinos Mountzouris