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Welcome to Website of Institute of Animal Science!

Institute of Animal Science (IAS) Prague – Uhříněves is a public research institution founded by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic.

Since its foundation in 1951, the Institute has been a centre of research into biological and bio-technological basis of animal science.

IAS carries out basic and applied research focusing on innovation and the practical use of knowledge in animal science. Eight research departments perform research in the fields of animal genetics and breeding, bio-technology and reproduction, nutrition, quality of products, animal ethology and welfare, breeding technology, herd management and production economy.

In addition to basic and applied research, IAS carries out other expert activities. One of the most significant is the implementation of the National Programme for Conservation and Utilization of Farm Animal Genetic Resources. In 2016, the IAS was appointed as the National Centre for Genetic Resources to coordinate and implement the National Programme, along with many stakeholders. The Institute has also provided for the activity of the Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition and was entrusted by the Ministry of Agriculture to represent the Czech Republic in the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). IAS provides professional training on classification of swine and cattle carcasses according to SEUROP, under a contract with the Ministry of Agriculture.


The nomination of the Institute of Animal Science

The remote department of the Institute of Animal Science, located in Kostelec nad Orlicí, was nominated for the award Companies to Schools – Schools to Companies, which has been awarded since 2014. It is a thank you from the Hradec Králové Region municipality and the Regional Chamber of Commerce Hradec Králové to companies and secondary schools for their fruitful cooperation. The aim of the Regional Chamber of Commerce Hradec Králové is to contribute to the promotion of this cooperation, annually award the most active companies and schools and to show their gratitude.Číst dále

Bacterial Skin Infections in Livestock and Plant-Based Alternatives to Their Antibiotic Treatment

Due to its large surface area, the skin is susceptible to various injuries, possibly accompanied by the entrance of infective agents into the body. Commensal organisms that constitute the skin microbiota play important roles in the orchestration of cutaneous homeostasis and immune competence. The opportunistic pathogen Staphylococcus aureus is present as part of the normal biota of the skin and mucous membranes in both humans and animals, but can cause disease when it invades the body either due to trauma or because of the impaired immune response of the host. Colonization of livestock skin by S. aureus is a precursor for majority of bacterial skin infections, which range from boils to sepsis, with the best-characterized being bovine mastitis. Antibiotic treatment of these infections can contribute to the promotion of resistant bacterial strains and even to multidrug resistance. The development of antibiotic resistance to currently available antibiotics is a worldwide problem. Considering the increasing ability of bacteria to effectively resist antibacterial agents, it is important to reduce the livestock consumption of antibiotics to preserve antibiotic effectiveness in the future. Plants are recognized as sources of various bioactive substances, including antibacterial activity towards clinically important microorganisms. This review provides an overview of the current knowledge on the major groups of phytochemicals with antibacterial activity and their modes of action. It also provides a list of currently known and used plant species aimed at treating or preventing bacterial skin infections in livestock.

Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition                                                                                                                       

The Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition was established in 2002 as an advisory body of the food safety coordination group. Its main task is to prepare scientific studies, offer expert views, and prepare proposals for measures ensuring safety throughout the entire chain of food and feed production.


The influence of the level of livestock management and prevention of diseases, including biosecurity, on the reduction of antimicrobials usage and the spread of antimicrobial resistance

The aim of the project is comprehensive evaluation of the influence of the level of management of small ruminants, dairy cattle, pigs and poultry, disease prevention including immunoprophylaxis and implementation of biosecurity on reducing the antimicrobials usage in the prevention and treatment of economically important bacterial diseases.

Effective resources of proteins in nutrition of cattle

The aim of the project is to get more information and knowledge about new ways of using current varieties of peas, field bean and yellow lupine in livestock feeds and their use as an alternative of expensive and genetically modified soybeans. In the project will be solved the agrotechnology and crop treatment of selected legumes, harvesting process, conservation, determination of nutritional value and using in feed rations.




Preparation of analyses, studies and research on individual demand


Contract research following the partners’ assignment


Training courses for cattle and pig carcass classifiers.


ECOWEIGHT, FarmProfit, Forecasting the Structure of Dairy Cattle Herd, Forecasting the structure of dairy cattle herd


Active consultancy for the breeders of dairy cattle, beef cattle, goats and sheep, pigs, poultry, rabbits, horses and cervids.


Invited lectures for breeders, students and agricultural business staff on specific topics