The institute provides livestock and poultry farmers with a wide range of services from parentage verification and treating fertility problems in cattle to veterinary care and determining the proper feed rations and appropriate rearing conditions.


The main focus of the Department of Nutrition and Animal Products Quality is on determining the nutrient content of feedstuff samples, which serve as basis for formulating proper feed rations. The major goal is to improve the yield and quality of animal produce through high-quality feedstuffs practices, which is also related to the overall health of a herd. In recent years, the institute has developed competence in organic livestock production.

The core of the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine is the EMÜ Veterinary Clinic. It has two sections: the Small-Animal Clinic, which treats pets, and the Large-Animal Clinic, which treats farm animals. The Veterinary Clinic is an integral part of the University, serving as a major animal referral centre for patients, as well as a base for academic research and practice.

The EMÜ Veterinary Clinic provides a wide range of veterinary services for livestock and horses as well as pets. The EMÜ Veterinary Clinic is equipped with modern facilities for diagnosing and treating animals. Please visit the Veterinary Clinic’s website to learn more about the work and services of the Clinic.


Research areas of the Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences and Population Medicine include animal husbandry, animal rearing and housing technologies and practices, pollutant emissions, animal behavioural science, animal welfare, animal protection, animal and herd health care. Efforts are directed toward studying the links between cattle health and the environment, but we also offer expertise in rearing other farm animals and poultry. The Department’s work in the field of animal welfare is supported also by the activities of the Estonian Research Centre for Animal Welfare (, an association established at the Institute.

The Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences and Population Medicine focuses its research on infectious and parasitic diseases in livestock. Prevention and control of infectious diseases is highly important with regard to herd health and production quality. The prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in pets and small animals is a primary responsibility of the EMÜ Small-Animal Clinic.

The researchers and faculty members in the Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences and Population Medicine provide consultation to animal farmers in matters related to prevention and treatment of infectious and parasitic diseases, including establishing disease monitoring systems, biosecurity and vaccination programmes. Farm visits along with in situ sample collection can be arranged.

The laboratories of the Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences and Population Medicine provide diagnostic services for diagnosing infectious and parasitic diseases in animals.

The Department’s Laboratory of Mycobacterial Diseases is Estonia’s reference laboratory for diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis and quality control testing of tuberculin.

The Department of Reproductive Biology is engaged in reproductive physiology, pathology, endocrinology and biotechnology research. The academic and research staff of the Department offers high-quality services aimed at resolving problems related to breeding and cattle fertility. The Department is also hosts Estonia’s only embryo collection group.

The Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding is Estonia’s major genetics and breeding competence centre for livestock.