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The Veterinary Research Institute based in Brno was founded in 1955 by the decree of the Minister of Agriculture. In 2007, the VRI became a public research institute. VRI is the only center of research specialized in veterinary medicine in the Czech Republic, which can conduct the most demanding studies with the balance between basic and applied research due to the professional level of its teams, methodological basis and instrumentation. Its investigations cover all types of farm animals, whilst the control of diseases of cattle, pig and poultry is its top priority. Research is carried out in the area of veterinary medicine as a complex, particularly infectious animal diseases and zoonoses, diagnosing, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, but also genetics, reproduction and toxicology.
The main scientific activities are carried out in 7 departments of the institute: Department of Virology, Bacteriology, Immunology, Food and Feed safety, Genetics and Reproduction, Chemistry and Toxicology and Pharmacology and Immunotherapy. Three of them focused on the control of zoonotic diseases; epidemiology; antimicrobial resistance and food safety are involved in EJP – One Health.
The main research activities comprise control of infectious diseases in farm animals, molecular epidemiology of zoonoses, food chain contamination with infectious agents, study of mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents, development of methods for determination of xenobiotics in the environment and in biological matrices, toxicity mechanisms of food chain chemical contaminants and non-infectious diseases focusing on reproductive dysfunction and embryo transfer.
The Institute has accredited animal facilities to carry out research using farm and laboratory animals. Another specific facility to perform experiments is the biosafety level 3 laboratory, which provides almost the highest level of containment laboratory for work with high-risk microorganisms.
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