Research Focus

Research activities at the Clinic for Poultry and Fish Medicine are focused primarily on infectious diseases that can appear in the different species. The implementation and application of new diagnostic methods is often at the core of the work. Epidemiological analyses are used to develop novel approaches for combating diseases. The ultimate goal is to leverage relevant basic and applied research to improve animal health and well-being. A related objective is to optimize the quality of food products (poultry – fish) starting at primary production. Investigation of antibiotic resistance and the epidemiology of selected zoonotic pathogens is also performed within this context. In order to find answers to specific research questions, the Clinic has at its disposal its own molecular biology laboratories, which allow a diverse palette of innovative analytical methods to be utilized as applicable for research projects.

In the realm of poultry, this offering is expanded with the option of keeping Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) animals in sterile isolation units. In both the poultry and fish medicine units, the connection between the laboratory and laboratory animal spheres forms the basis for the development of in vitro and in vivo models that allow closer investigation of the pathogenesis of specific disease-causing agents. A further benefit of this work should be a significant contribution towards efforts to reduce the number of laboratory animals.

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