Department of Animal Hygiene and Environmental Hazards

The Departments team represents multiple research areas, such as veterinary medicine, zootechnics, biology, environmental protection as well as occupational health and safety. The cooperation of researchers aims at developing multidisciplinary view on the pressure that animal farming places on the environment, but also on the aspects of animal welfare and productivity in the context of novel findings concerning environmental protection and toxicology. Our work is also focused on the development of innovative technologies used both for monitoring and reducing the environmental pollution caused by animal farming sector. Additionally, conducted studies cover the issue of hygiene in the broader context, including hygiene of the communal and work environment.

There are two subordinate units in the Department:
• Sub-Department of Occupational and Environmental Hazards
• Sub-Department of Microbiology and Reproductive Biology.

Sub-Department work focus on the evaluation of occupational safety and health along with monitoring workplace conditions. The studies include the assessment of workers’ exposure to occupational and non-occupational factors, such as physical, chemical, and biological factors. Our work depends on the determination of the qualitative and quantitative composition of chemical and microbiological pollutants released during the production process, and impact on the natural environment. As a result of the studies, our team develops methods reducing the emission of gaseous and microbiological pollutants released by livestock farming simultaneously controlling the animals health.

The Sub-Department investigates microbiological milk quality in ruminants by conducting mastitis tests, with the emphasis on Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA – methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA – methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), as well as analyzes the biological and environmental material for the presence of Prototheca algae. Laboratory diagnosis includes health markers and the oxidation state of the animals. Additionally, the functional state of the animals is assessed based on the diagnostic values of selected blood indicators. Research problems concern the aspects of mammalian reproduction, including the influence of genetic and environmental factors. The research includes the issues of general embryology, embryo transplantation, neonatology, and animal reproduction control.