The Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology was founded in 1990. In 1991, the Faculty started to cover the complete area of hygienic and ecological food production from the agricultural primary production to final food products.
In 1995/96 the teaching at the Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology was evaluated by an international expert committee organised by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) according to the guidelines of the Advisory Committee of Veterinary Training of the European Commission. The results of the evaluation were positive and contained among others the statement that veterinary education is organised at a high level, based on a strong academic tradition and good facilities. The level of education in the field of veterinary hygiene at the Faculty was evaluated as belonging among the best in Europe.
Teaching is organised on the level of standard European programmes for veterinary medicine with additional specialisation in veterinary protection of public health, focused in particular on medical and hygienic aspects of food safety, veterinary ecology, and infectious diseases and veterinary epidemiology applied to the topics concerning food and raw materials of animal origin. According to the assessment by the Committee on Education of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) dated 8–9 March 2002, the study programme fulfils the requirement laid down by Directives No 78/1026/EEC and 1027/78/EEC, as well as those stipulated by the Advisory Committee of Veterinary Training (ACVT) of the European Commission No III/F/5171/7/92 and Com.Doc. XV/E/8488/298.
In addition to the programme described above, since 2002/2003 the Faculty runs bachelor's degree programme and continuing master's degree programme in food hygiene, technology and ecology. Main courses are food hygiene and technology, food analysis, environmental aspects of food production, processing, distribution and sale, as well as management, economy and legislation in food industry. The programme fulfils the requirements of Directives No 64/433/EEC and 71/118/EEC as regards the education needed for veterinary assistants in particular for medical and hygienic aspects of food safety.
On 15–18 April 2002 the evaluation inspection of expert committee of ACVT was carried out with positive results. The expert committee concluded that the Faculty met the requirements for European veterinary schools. The Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology was thus included in the list of prestigious veterinary schools in Europe.
Organisational structure of the Faculty
Executive powers are held by the Dean. Vice Deans are deputies to the Dean. Dean's Board is the highest advisory body to the Dean. Other advisory bodies are organised as specialised committees. Scientific Board considers the topics of scientific projects, research and teaching. Administration is carried out by the Dean's office. The principle of self-government of the Faculty is safeguarded by the activities of the Academic Senate of the Faculty.
Teaching, research and other activities are carried out by the sections and departments of the Faculty and by its specialised units. The sections and departments are led by their heads who have deputies. Academic staff consists of professors, assistant professors (Doc.), lecturers, assistant lecturers and other staff. Some departments are further divided into units or laboratories. Specialised units are managed by heads of the units.
Study at the Faculty
Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology provides courses organised in the programmes for obtaining bachelor's and subsequently master's degree, a six-year programme for master's degree, doctor's degree programmes, as well as lifetime education.