Institute of Animal Science (IAS) in Prague – Uhříněves is a public research institute founded by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. Since its foundation in 1951 the Institute has been a centre of research into the biological and bio-technological bases of animal husbandry.
IAS carries out basic and applied research concentrating on innovation and practical use of knowledge in animal husbandry. Eight research departments do 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 of them is the implementation of the national programme for the keeping and use of genetic resources of farm animals. In 2016, the IAS has been designated as The National Centre for Genetic Resources to coordinate and implement the National programme, together with a range of stakeholders. The Institute also ensured the activity of the Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition and the Ministry of Agriculture entrusted it with representing the Czech Republic in the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP).