The veterinary profession strongly promotes the principle of continuous education and encourages veterinary education establishments to develop postgraduate opportunities to cover the needs of the veterinarians. This would enable graduate veterinarians to acquire the necessary competences and hands-on skills to be ready to practice veterinary medicine in apiaries. That means handling, examining, diagnosing and treating honeybee colonies, as well as ensuring the safety of their beehive products. Implementing good veterinary, beekeeping and environmental practices can guarantee the safety of apiculture food products as well as environmental biodiversity.
Students of the Honeybee Health Protection master study programme shall acquire knowledge about the biology and diseases of honeybee colonies, important pollinator insects – wild bees, as well as the basics of the preservation and protection of natural biodiversity. Upon completion of this study programme, students will:
- be able to actively participate in honeybee colony protection programmes and wild bee species conservation programmes;
- know the basics of managing apiaries and ancillary facilities;
- carry out all the tasks of veterinarians in the apiary in accordance with the requirements and specifics of the life of honeybee colonies as social insects;
- be able to identify, manage, control and prevent diseases of honeybee colonies;
- be able to participate in basic epidemiological research related to honeybee colonies as well as other selected pollinator insects (bumblebee colonies, solitary bees of the genus Osmia).
Lectures: 118 hours (distance learning)
Seminars: 102 hours (distance learning)
Practicals: 290 hours (June, July, September)
Head: Prof. Ivana Tlak Gajger, DVM, PhD