Department of Anatomy and Physiology
The Department of Anatomy and Physiology was established on the 12 th of May 2004 on the basis of reorganization of the three separate departments: Anatomy and Histology (1937), Biology (1946), Physiology and Pathology (1947) in Lithuanian veterinary academy. In 2010 of September Lithuanian veterinary academy was incorporated in to new university and the Department of Anatomy and Physiology became a part of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. There are two scientific base in the department – The research center of digestive physiology and pathology and laboratory of immunology. The research center of digestive physiology and pathology take part in to the “Nemunas” valley and is a part of Animal nutrition and biotechnology center.
Focus on providing scientific and technical advice associated with veterinary medicine and food safety issues from field to table. Provide scientific opinion and technical advice in preparing drafts of legal acts. Develop cooperation with competent authorities, scientific and education institutions in the field of information exchange, analysis and dissemination. Participate in International programs and scientific projects.
The department of Anatomy and Physiology collaborated with the State food and veterinary service, National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, National institute of Veterinary ( Poland, Pulawa), veterinary institute Novi Sad (Serbia), National institute agriculture research ( France), Swansea university (Great Britain, London), University of Murcia, Spain; Complutensos university, Madrid, Spain), University of Warmia and Mazury (Olsztyn, Poland), and Latvia University of Agriculture.
An information about projects
“Inhibitors in milk: reasons of the contamination, detection methods, and effect of biological and chemical factors on the results of investigation” (2011, No.11/06/23/08).
“The animals health, nutrition , origin science and research infrastructure, consolidation of scientific potential " (2011, VP2-1.1-ŠMM -04-V-01-009).
“Molecular characterization of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) in pigs and wild boars " (2010-2011, MIP-48/2010).
“Antigenic and pathogenic characterization of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus in wild boars” (2012-2014, MIP-065/2012).
EMIDA- „Coordination of European research in the area of animal health, including emerging threats, infectious diseases and surveillance“(2008-2011)
COST Action FA902. “Understanding and combating porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome in Europe”. (2010-2012).
FP7 ERA-NET 2918915 (ANIHWA)- „Animal welfare and health“. (2012-2014).
The department staff teaches students in the following programs: veterinary medicine, veterinary food safety, animal technology, medical and veterinary genetics, medical and veterinary biochemistry, veterinary medicine for foreign students.
The main subjects
Animal anatomy, animal morphology, applied biology and laboratory animals, histology and embryology, histology, and histological techniques, cell biology, fowl anatomy and histology, animal physiology, laboratory and exotic animals, veterinary immunology, plant and animal biology, and comparative animal physiology, human anatomy.
The research direction: morphological, immunological, physiological investigations of different species of animals and prevention of diseases. Department staff conducted research topics: Rabbit eyes - an experimental model. Morphological studies of animal skeletons. Domestic and wild animal's immunogenic and pathogenic properties. Animal and human ovarian follicles and oocytes, comparative characteristics. Investigation of morphological and physiological parameters of digestive tract in the organism of animals Investigations of rumen parameters. Corelation between cow's milk secretion and digestive process. Lactobacilli research in organism of calves. Thermography studies in the organism of animals.
The features of physiological functions of different species of animals (02A). Comparative animal's physiology (03A). Complex of animals body and morphological analysis (02 A). The experimental animals, animal welfare aspects and using animals in scientific and educational purposes (02A).
Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
The Department of Infectious Diseases (DID) have a history since 1920 when State Veterinary Bacteriology Laboratory was established and is a part of Veterinary Faculty of Lithuanian Veterinary Academy from university establishment in 1936. The department focuses on the veterinarian, clinical, immunological, epidemiological, food safety and risk aspects of viral, bacterial, parasitic diseases of animals, including the general and special pathology, zoonosic diseases and veterinary law. On September of 2010 DID as a part of Lithuanian Veterinary Academy was incorporated into the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. In addition, DID is a part of the Centre for Quality of Animal Health and Raw Materials of Animal Origin which belongs to integrated science, studies and business centre - Nemunas Valley.
The department staff teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students on several subjects of basic veterinary disciplines in the following programs: veterinary medicine (02A), veterinary food safety (02A) and animal technology (03A). DID covers teaching of bachelor, master, resident and PhD students on epidemiology, morphology, pathogenesis, diagnostics, prophylaxy, control, pathomorphologicy and pathophysiology of infectious and zoonotic diseases. The disciplines covered by DID are as follows: veterinary epidemiology, veterinary microbiology, veterinary pathology, veterinary parasitology, veterinary virusology, veterinary law and regulations. The department is activly involved in dissemination of results and in preparation of textbooks, manuals, scientific articles and in national and international projects regarding animal infectious diseases and pathology.
DID initiates and performs research into health benefits and pathology risks focusing on animal infectious and zoonotic diseases. Through its research master, resident and PhD programme DID aims to educate scientists of high academic excellence on microbiological, virological, epidemiological, parasitological investigations of different species of animals. Laboratory-based research is supplemented by field-based studies of epidemiological and veterinarian aspects of infectious disease transmission and control. Specifically the research is focused on the diagnostics, prophylaxy and control of infectious diseases in domestic and wild animals; pathomorphological diagnostics of animal diseases; pathophysiology and pathomorphology of animal reproduction. The concept of reasearch is based on pathological agent/host interactions. The objectives of research are to perform research and risk assessment on mechanisms, pathways and factors that contribute to obtain and maintain optimal animal health; disturbances in animal health under various disease conditions ranging from subclinical form to severe injury of disease including animal loss. Stategicly DID is focused on providing scientific and technical advice associated with veterinary medicine and food safety issues from field to table. DID is involved in providing scientific opinion and technical advice in preparing drafts of legal veterinary and food safety acts.
The department collaborates and have joint projects with MA Clinics of Infectious Diseases, MA Institute of Gastroenterology, Faculty of Nature Sciences, Vytautas Magnus University, National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute, Copenhagen University (Denmark), Institute of Parasitology, Ciurich University (Swizerland), Institute of Parasitology, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia), Veterinary Institute in Salloniki (Greece), and different private institutions.
- Investigation of applicability of plant extracts and their fractions for the suppression and control of viruses from animal environment. Coordinator – Vytautas Magnus University, partner – LUHS, coordinator – prof. dr. A. Šalomskas;
- The effect of osteochondral allotransplantation on articular cartilage regeneration in experimental model of cartilage damage (CHONDRO). 2013-2015. Participant – assoc. prof. dr. A. Pockevičius;
- Creation of biological cardiostimulator involving foreign country scientists and scientific institutions (BIOKARDIOSTIM), 2013-2015. Together with Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and The Centre for Innovative Medicine. Participant – D. Juodžentė;
- Healthy and Safe Food project „The compositions for functional food based on nanostarch and natural bioactive materials, NRP. 2011-2015. Coordinator – Kaunas University of Technology, participant – prof. dr. J. Šiugždaitė.
- Tackling the parasitological challenges arising from organic farming practices (ProPara). BP7, ERA-NET, 2015-2017. Coordinator – prof. dr. S. Petkevičius;
- New and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse (NEREUS). COST action No. ES1403, 2014-2018. Coordinator – prof. dr. J. Šiugždaitė;
- The significance of rodent communities for the transmission and distribution of Echinococcus multilocularis: Ecological and experimental investigations for risk assessment BP7, EMIDA (Emiro), 2012-2015. Coordinator – assoc. prof. dr. M. Šarkūnas;
- The efficacy of three different dosing regiments of Milbemax (milbemycin oxime, praziquantel) against gastrointestinal helminth infections in dogs (study number GTS-12-021)" ("Novartis Project") and "The eficacy of three different dosing regiments of Drontal Plus or Profender against gastrointestinal helminth infection in dogs" ("Bayer project"). 2013-2014. Coordinator – assoc. prof. dr. M. Šarkūnas;
- Goat-parasite interactions: from knowledge to control. COST action No. FA0805, 2008-2013. Coordinator – prof. dr. S. Petkevičius.
- European Network for Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Infections (EurNegVec). COST, action No. TD1303, 2013-2017. Coordinator – Vytautas Magnus University, participant – prof. dr. S. Petkevičius;
- Modernisation if higher education in the area of food quality and safety in Tajikistan, No. 544529-TEMPUS-1-2013-1-LV-TEMPUS-JPCR. TEMPUS, 2013-2016. Participant – assoc. prof. dr. A. Malakauskas;
Department of Non-infectious diseases
The Department of non-infectious diseases was formed following surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, department of internal diseases and when the Large Animal Clinic. The Department employs 30 employees, who ensure the quality of the study and clinical practice in the Academy and the Cathedral offices, about 30 percent of the workforce is composed of veterinarians working in practice, daily treats animals, are transferringtheir experience for the Veterinary Academy students.
The Department of non-infectious diseases is taught these subjects: a clinical diagnostics, therapy and prevention, special therapies, bird diseases, veterinary pharmacology and pharmacy, veterinary toxicology, medicinal and poisonous plants to livestock, anaesthesiology and surgical techniques, surgical pathology, clinical surgery and ophthalmology, topography and small animal surgical veterinary obstetrics and gynaecology, traumatology, farm animals and birds to insemination and embryo transplantation, biotechnology basics. Tutors help students prepare and defend a master’s final research, work with residents and doctoral students, participates in activities by: continuing education and consulting centre, lecturing and advising veterinarians, conducts research, publishes the results of research in foreign publications, organizes conferences, teaches at conferences and participates in.
The Department shall cooperate with the veterinary school in Uppsala and very closely with Veterinary high school in Hannover (Germany), the teachers under the ERASMUS exchange program teaches students their specialty in lectures, such missions are planned each year.
- Comparative evaluation of obstetrics samples;
- Metabolic disorders, prevention of bovine animals;
- The harmonisation of methods of surgical and drug therapy in clinical practice;
- Metabolic disorders, diagnosis of bovine animals and the improvement of methods of prevention.
The proposed scientific service, expertise, products:
- Breeding sires assessment is carried out, examined the quality of fresh and frozen semen, provided advice on reproductive and sexual life cycle of animal regulatory issues;
- Provides advisory assistance to livestock farmers and private female infertility and mastitis diagnosis, treatment, prevention;
- Performed the documentation of veterinary drugs;
- The animals performed in serum, urine analysis of morphological and biochemical characteristics;
- Compiled the control of sporting horse health and training methods;
- Veterinary doctor’s consultation for the diagnosis of animal diseases, treatment and prevention;
- Livestock farmers provide veterinary assistance and advice.
- Veterinary medicine (VM);
- Veterinary food safety permanent and continuous study programs (VFS, VFSP);
- Animal technology permanent and continuous study programs (GTFN);
- Master permanent studies. Animal resource management (GIV).
- Animal Prevention and treatment of infertility
- Andrology and animal insemination
- Internal non-infectious disease
- Clinical Experimental Surgery
- Veterinary obstetrics and gynaecology residency;
- Haematology and toxicology of veterinary residency;
- Residency of non-infectious diseases therapy.
The Department of non-infectious diseases is taught these things:
- Chemical contaminants in the food chain (selected subject);
- Insemination of farm animal and poultry (selected subject);
- Propaedeutic (for 3rd year general studies) and special propaedeutic (residency 1st year);
- Internal disease, diagnostics and treatment (horse, cattle, sheep, pigs, dogs, birds, exotic animals) (for 4th and 5th year general studies and residency all program);
- Pharmacology and pharmacy (3th year general studies);
- Veterinary toxicology (4th year general studies);
- Medicinal and poisonous plants to livestock (selected subject);
- Anaesthesiology and surgical techniques, surgical pathology, clinical surgery and ophthalmology, traumatology (4th and 5th years general studies and residency all program);
- Topography and small animal surgery (selected subject);
- Veterinary obstetrics and gynaecology (4th and 5th year general studies and residency program 2 years);
- Veterinary obstetrics, gynaecology and biotechnology basics (selected subject).
Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory: Created and added to the database of veterinary preparations, constantly. Review of veterinary medicinal products is carried out, advice on matters relating to documents.
Laboratory of the livestock breeding: Comparative evaluation of obstetrics samples, semen samples, metabolic disorders, prevention of bovine animal’s early diagnostic methods. There are possibilities to work for students and practical work.
Practical training and experimenting center: The main task of center – practice, teaching and producing researches, breeding sires assessment. There are possibilities for consultations and continuing studies in practice, in this center.
Department of Food Safety and Quality
The Department of Food Safety and Quality (DFSQ) is one of four veterinary departments at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine under Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. The department covers a broad spectrum of food safety and quality issues including animal hygiene and welfare topics in close cooperation with other departments at the university. We teach for Veterinary Medicine, Food Safety and Animal Science study programs students at the bachelor and master science levels: Food Hygiene and technology (milk, meat, fish, vegetative food), Animal Hygiene, Animal Welfare, Food Microbiology, Food Quality Management, HACCP, Food toxicology etc. The department researchers are among the most excellent in microbiological food safety, food fermentation and mycotoxins in feed. The objectives of the Department are:
- to provide a comprehensive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students that ensures scientific and technical competencies.
- To promote development of an integration network that enhances university and industry collaboration
- To cooperate with consumers, industry, and governmental groups regarding food and animals related issues through teaching, research, and joint development programs.
The Department provides teaching in 3 main subject groups: food hygiene and technology (including meat inspection and slaughterhouse hygiene for veterinary medicine students), animal hygiene and welfare, Food Quality and Safety management.
The Department provides teaching for students from Veterinary (veterinary medicine and veterinary food safety specialities) and Animal Husbandry faculties. Lectures, seminars and courses are taught for students of integral studies (veterinary medicine), first, second (veterinary food safety, animal husbandry, management of animal resource and bio-business management) and third (veterinary medicine and animal husbandry) levels.
Forthcoming veterinarians have disciplines of Food Hygiene and Technology (meat, milk, fish, vegetative products hygiene, HACCP, public health, inspection and control including practice at slaughterhouses), Veterinary Hygiene and Animal Welfare, Ecology and Protection of Nature, Veterinary Radiobiology and X-ray Imaging (in total 37 ECTS).
Students of Veterinary Food Safety programme are taught compulsory disciplines in volume of 70 ECTS. Subjects are related to food processing technologies, hygiene, safety and quality. Students also have 3 ECTS of Laboratory Practice, 5 ECTS Practice in Food Processing Enterprises and at the end of the 4-th year they have Industrial Practice of 15 ECTS.
Students of Animal Husbandry faculty have 16 ECTS of compulsory disciplines given by the department staff. Students mainly study Processing Technologies of Animal Origin Food and Animal Hygiene.
Master students of all study programmes deepen their knowledges in areas of food safety, risk and quality management and study Applied Research of Food Sscience (in total – 56 ECTS). At the end of their studies Master students have 15 ECTS of Practice.
There are 5 research groups, the focus of which are microbiological food safety, meat quality, mycotoxins in feed, food fermentation and animal behaviour and welfare (research groups led by Prof. M. Malakauskas, Assoc. Prof. G. Zaborskienė, Prof. B. Bakutis and Assoc. Prof. E. Bartkienė, and Dr. J. Kučinskienė, respectively). The research is closely connected to the practical problems arising in these areas. The main international partners in these fields of research are the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Institute of Food Hygiene at the Free University of Berlin and the Department of Food Hygiene and Environmental Health at the University of Helsinki.