Animal Protection and Welfare

University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences - Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology


Faculty of Veterinary, Hygiene and Ecology.

Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology

Just like Cyprus, the Czech Republic is a member of the European as of May 1, 2004. The country’s population exceeds 10 million inhabitants. Czech is the official language, although most of the younger generation are well familiar with the English language while the older generations are also familiar with Russian. The country's currency is the Czech crown. At this moment 1 euro is equivalent to about 27 Czech crowns.

Brno is the second largest city of the Czech Republic, in eastern Moravia, with a population of about 500,000 inhabitants. The City was founded in 1243 by Wenceslaus I. The city was not only a center of industry and trade, but also of education and culture. Brno has its own Greek element as Alexander Ypsilantis had his home in Brno between 1788 and 1791. Today a street in the neighbourhood where he used to live, reminds us of the area’s Greek past (Ypsilantiho street)

In Brno there are at least six state universities with over 80,000 students, thus making the City of Brno a very attractive choice for studies in the heart of Europe. The University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno was founded in 1918 and the first students enrolled at the university in November 1919. It is the only university in the Czech Republic which offers studies in the Veterinary sector.

Moving in the city of Brno is very easy by tram, bus or even on foot. Although Brno has its own airport there are no direct flights from Cyprus. Our students usually choose a direct flight to Vienna or Prague, from where they can take a bus or train to Brno. There are regular buses from the airport of Vienna or Prague to Brno. Travelling time is about 90 minutes from Vienna and 2.5 hours from Prague.

Bachelor’s study programme Animal Protection and Welfare

The Faculty of Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology is located in the city of Brno, the second largest city of Czech Republic.

The standard duration of the study programme is three years and the graduates receive the degree of “Bachelor of Science” (abbreviation „Bc.“ in the front of the name).

The tuition fees are EUR4.000 a year and can be paid in one or two instalments. Either full payment before the end of August, or in two instalments, the first one before the end of August and the second and last before the end of February of the academic year.

The focus of study

The University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences in Brno has opened the study course of Animal Protection and Welfare in order to satisfy the demand  for university-educated professionals in the field of animal protection against cruelty, animal protection against stress, pain and suffering, animal protection in handling animals, in the active formation of appropriate conditions for animals and for the control of these conditions.

The Animal Protection and Welfare Bachelor study programme is focused on obtaining broad and deep knowledge, experience and skills in the field of animal nutrition, animal husbandry, animal behaviour, animal welfare conditions, including the legal aspect of animal protection. The laboratory control of animal protection and welfare is also a part of the course and teaches the students  the modern methods of  biochemical, haematological and molecular analysis.

The organization of the programme:

The standard length of study is 3 years and the course covers the following subjects:

  • Biology, Animal Ecology, Animal Ethology.
  • Animal Breeding,  Animal Nutrition, Animal Husbandry, Animal Reproduction and Gynaecology.
  • Animal welfare for specific species, categories and groups of animals, Welfare, Stress, Pain and Suffering in animals, Welfare of Farm Animals (especially cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, poultry), Welfare of Horses and Riding Horses, Welfare of Dogs, Welfare of Cats and Other Pets (birds, reptiles and small mammals), Welfare of Zoo animals, Circus Animals and Abandoned Animals, Hunting and Welfare of Wild Animals,  Welfare of Fish and Fisheries, Welfare of Bees and Beekeeping, Welfare of Experimental Animals, Welfare of Handicapped Animals.
  • Laboratory diagnosis in animal care: Biochemical Examination of Samples, Hematologic Sample Testing, Molecular Analysis, Instrumental Analysis of Samples.
  • Legislation in Animal Protection.
  • Care of Injured Animals, Animal Diseases.
  • Work experience in Animal Protection and Welfare

Possible Career Opportunities for graduates:

  • Veterinary Administration Authorities in the supervision of the animal protection against cruelty (especially the control and supervision of livestock and companion animals).
  • The State Veterinary Institutes and laboratories analysing biological fluids and tissues and other biological materials.
  • The State Administration authorities for the protection of wildlife animals and protected animals.
  • Authorities that ensure the protection of endangered species under international conventions (eg. CITES) and regulations (Customs Authorities).
  • Institutions and enterprises engaged in animal experiments.
  • Zoos.
  • Institutions for  the protection of abandoned and disabled animals (animal shelters).
  • State and public administration bodies using animals or coming into contact with animals in their activities (police, fire fighters)
  • Municipal and city authorities addressing animal protection against cruelty (problems with animals in villages and towns).
  • Organizations and business enterprises in the field of animal husbandry, animal transport, purchase and sale of animals, import and export of animals, and organizing exhibitions of animals, competitions and sports activities using animals.
  • Organizations dealing with hippotherapy, canistherapy or other forms of animotherapy.
  • Foundations and organizations dedicated to the protection of animals:  WSPA, RSPCA.
  • Private institutions engaged in consultancy in the field of ethology and behavioural problems of animal welfare and animal protection.
  • Research laboratories and research institutions dealing with animal protection, animal welfare and ethology.
  • University education - teaching and research focused on research of wild animals, livestock or companion animals.
  • Media communication concerning the animal welfare and protection.
  • International organizations dealing with animal protection (EU, etc.).

Admission Requirements:

  1. Certificate of Secondary Education
  2. Entrance Exam (Biology). To be admitted applicants must pass the entrance exam in the form of a multiple-choice test with a minimum of 50% or more. The Entrance Examination for the academic year 2017-2018 will take place at the end of June 2017 in Larnaca at the Alexander College

Applications are accepted until May 30th, 2017. All applicants will be given the syllabus which they should study for Biology, as well as test specimens to enable them to prepare for them.

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