The University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice (UVMP in Košice) is the sole university for veterinary education in Slovakia, which is provided both to domestic and foreign students, and one of the two universities offering education in pharmacy. Veterinary medicine and pharmacy rank among the so-called regulated professions, the study of which must meet the demands of European Union guidelines. UVMP in Košice meets the standards required by the EU and a diploma conferred by the university is valid in all countries of the European Union.
The university was established by an Act of the Slovak National Council on 16 December 1949 as the Veterinary College in Košice, though it began its teaching activities with its first lecture on 5 October 1949.
At present, UVMP in Košice provides education in the following accredited study programmes:
study programmes of the first and second joined level of higher education:
General Veterinary Medicine (in the Slovak and the English language)
study programmes of the first level of higher education:
Safety of Feeds and Foodstuffs
Man-Animal Relationship and its Use in Canistherapy and Hippotherapy
Animal Science (in the English language)
study programmes of the second level of higher education:
Market and Quality of Foodstuffs
The university offers a higher education of the third level in 17 accredited study programmes.
The university has about 2000 students in each of the three levels of study in the full-time and external forms, about 250 of whom are foreign students who each year arrive at the university to study veterinary medicine in the English language, particularly from Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Great Britain, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Iceland, Israel, Belgium, Austria, Japan and USA. The university in cooperation with the University of Nordland in Bodø, Norway created a unique common bachelor’s study programme in Animal Science. International recognition ensures the university a sufficient amount of interest from abroad, with students attracted in particular by the high level of practical preparation and permanent contact with animals not only at the university’s five clinics but also on the university farm, at the special facility for breeding and diseases of wild animals or the equestrian grounds.
The Special Facility for Breeding and Diseases of Wild Animals, Fish and Bees in Rozhanovce
This facility offers space for pedagogical and scientific research activities with a focus on aspects of breeding and the diseases of wild animals, fishes and bees as well as for the practical part of instruction concerning diseases of game, fish and bees, farming, hunting and the subject named performance and training III. – hunting dogs, which is taught within the study programme cynology.
The main activities of the facility include the artificial breeding of the common pheasant and its subspecies. The facility also includes a rehabilitation station, which is used for temporary placement of protected wildlife species from our natural surroundings, their medical treatment, rehabilitation and the release back to their natural environment. An independent part of the special facility is its hunting grounds where the execution of the hunting right has been rented to the university. The hunting grounds are used for the educational process, additional restocking of game and enhancement of fauna.
Within the LIFE ENERGY project, the special facility in Rozhanovce has closely been collaborating with the Clinic of Birds, Exotic and Wild Animals.
The clinic is a specialised unit whose activities include therapeutic care (non-hospital treatment) and educational activities, during which the university students get acquainted with basic breeding and health problems in exotic animals both theoretically – in the form of lectures, and practically – in the form of practical instruction and internships during the clinic’s office hours. Field trips (e.g. to poultry enterprises) are organised for students within the pedagogical process, during which the students link their theoretical knowledge with practical experience. The major areas of instruction at the clinic are diseases of birds, reptiles, and fur animals, diseases of poultry, laboratory animals and bees as well as falconry. The UVMP students can spend their free time at the falconry club or the fur animal breeder’s club.
The clinical activities include a veterinary practice for treatment of exotic animals, which is made available to the general public during working days and which provides hospitalisation of patients in case intensive care is needed. Surgery and some specific medical procedures such as ultrasound or endoscopy are also performed at the clinic.
An important activity carried out at the clinic is the treatment of protected wild species. Mostly, these include raptors (Falco tinnunculus, Buteo buteo, Accipiter gentilis and several owl species such as Strix aluco, Strix uralensis, Asio otus) as well as various passerines (family Paridae, Carduelis chloris, Fringilla coelebs, family Turdidae, Picidae). Relatively high numbers of swifts (Apus apus) or house martins (Delichon urbicum) are treated seasonally as well as protected mammals – the Eurasian lynx or various squirrel species. Treatment is most commonly needed due to various kinds of fractures (mostly caused by cars) and also starving and exhaustion, especially in winter. Abandoned young birds are often brought to the clinic, too. The clinic treats around 60 protected species yearly, the success rate being around 60%. After the treatment, these protected species are released back to the wild.
Research projects implemented at the clinic:
- Implementácia praktickej výučby chorôb včiel do procesu terciárneho a širšieho odborného vzdelávania. Projekt KEGA č. 016UVLF-4/2014.
- Významné environmentálne faktory vo vzťahu k imunosupresii v intenzívnych a extenzívnych formách chovu hadiny, vrátane pštrosov, holubov a exotických vtákov. VEGA 1/0590/09 2009-2011
- Šály, J., Baranová, D., Neushl, J., Kushev, J., Tučková, M., Koščík, D., Vrabec, V., Kremeň, J., Ševčíková, Z., Mátéová, S., Nemcová, R., Koščová, J., Jonecová, Z.: Sledovanie vplyvu probiotík a biologicky účinných látok na produkciu a zdravie hydiny so zreteľom na poruchy pohybového systému a mechanické vlastnosti kostí. VEGA 1/4389/07
- Škardová, I., Fridman E., ( Tel-Aviv University Israel), Sesztáková, E., Škarda, J., Toropila, M., Beňová, K., Lenhardt, Ľ., Vrabec, V., Lovásová, E., Rácz, O., Pistl, J., Siroťáková, M., Hadbavný,M., Kremeň, J.,Vrábelová,D., Mišková,D.: Sledovanie mechanizmov apoptózy v thymuse a B. Fabriciovej (B. cloacalis) pri imunosupresívnych stavoch v intenzívnych farmových chovoch hydiny: Projekt VEGA, č. 1/3503/06.
- Toporčák, J., Nemcová R., Koščová, J., Gancarčíková, S., Mudroňová, D., Holoda E., Chlebo, R., Sciranková, L., Hajdučková, V.: Mor včelieho plodu a jeho prevencia použitím.probiotík.VEGA 1/3502/06
- Nagy, J., Toporčák, J., Kasperová, J., Máté, D., Popelka, P., Chlebo, R., Jevinová, P.: Rezíduá veterinárnych liečiv vo včelom mede. VEGA 1/3499/06
- Letková, V., Toporčák, J., Goldová, Kočišová, A., M., Košúth, P., Lazar, P., Čurlík., J.: Vplyv globálnych klimatických zmien na.cirkuláciu významných patogénov v prírode.a ich dopad na kvalitu a bezpečnosť mäsa.zveri, rýb a včelích produktov. VEGA 1/3490/06
- Toporčák, J.,: Nové metódy diagnostiky a eradikácie vírusových a bakteriálnych chorôb včiel. Spolupracujúce organizácie: Ústav včelárstva Liptovský Hrádok, ŠVPS SR Bratislava, ŠVPÚ Dolný Kubín. PPA projekt, Zmluva 81/2008/UVL