The Institute of Animal Science LUHS established for the fundamental and applied research in zootechny and biology on international and national level in the field of biomedical sciences.
The Institute was founded in 1952. The research is conducted by seven departments. The Institute has a staff totaling 90 persons, 22 of which are scientific staff. 6 doctorates study at the Institute. The Institute is headed by dr. Violeta Juškienė.
At the Institute, respectively, 172 and 12 researchers maintained the doctoral and habilitated doctoral theses. The researchers have published 60 volumes of scientific papers under the title "Gyvulininkystė" (Animal Husbandry), 20 monographs, textbooks and books, registered 19 patents and received 4 State Premium of the Republic of Lithuania. The breed of Lithuanian White pigs has been developed and the breeds of Lithuanian Black-and-White and Lithuanian Red cattle and Lithuanian Blackface sheep have been improved at the Institute. The Lithuanian technique for keeping and use of breeding bulls has been worked out and livestock embryo transplantation applied. Nutrition of farm animals and efficient utilization of feeds has been scientifically grounded at the Institute. Indigenous Lithuanian farm animal breeds have been preserved and studied. New environmentally friendly technologies of animal housing and welfare are being developed and implemented.
The Institute participates in the activities of the centre Nemunas which integrates science, studies and business. Different laboratories such as Animal Nutrient Digestibility Studies, Feed Production and Feeding Technology Assessment, Animal Genetic resources Research and Conservation ex situ laboratories are being established that in the future will become part of Animal nutrition and Biotechnology Centre.
The Institute works in close co-operation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Lithuania, various animal breeding services, enterprises of food and food additive manufacturing, milk and meat processing industry. The Institute has established close relations with the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, agricultural higher schools and scientific institutions, Agricultural Advisory Service, House of Agriculture and various farmers’ associations. The Institute takes participation in various international programmes, makes reports in international scientific conferences and publishes its research findings in various scientific publications of Lithuania and other countries. The research findings are used for preparing state agricultural, animal breeding, milk and meat production programmes, standards for feedstuffs, milk and meat in compliance with the requirements of the European Union.