Pig Production and Health Management

The development of the veterinary medicine profession requires upgrading the knowledge acquired at the level of integrated undergraduate and graduate study in veterinary medicine in order to educate highly specialised experts in particular fields.

Postgraduate master study of Pig Production and Health Management enables specialist training of students in successful organisation of intensive, semi-intensive and extensive production of pigs, prevention of diseases in production by proper management of animals and ensuring appropriate housing and feeding conditions, as well as compliance with zoo-hygienic measures, diagnosis, treatment and control of diseases that occur during production. Furthermore, upon completion of the study, the student will be trained to improve productivity and cost-effectiveness of production by applying methods of selection, breeding, molecular genetics and ensuring the welfare of breeding pigs. All of the aforementioned is a prerequisite for establishing the components of a programme to improve pig production and health.

During the course, practical training will be provided at several different locations: large and small family farms, clinics, slaughterhouses, molecular laboratory and a computer classroom.

The quality of the proposed programme is reflected in the previous experience, as well as in the scope of prominent experts and scientists covering certain areas, because only an interdisciplinary approach can ensure a comprehensive training of specialists in the field of pig health management and economic production. Furthermore, cooperation with veterinary organisations, experts in the field and producers (farms and family farms) vastly contributes to the quality of the study programme.

Therefore, the role of the postgraduate study Pig Production and Health Management is to provide experts with fast and efficient specialist education based on the development and state-of-the-art science, techniques and technology. It can be expected that the graduates of this study will have significant and internationally recognised expertise and have a competitive advantage in the labour market.


Enrolment conditions: Students who have graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine can enrol in the full study, while the module “Biotechnological Procedures in Pig Production” can be enrolled by students who have completed the university undergraduate studies at one of the faculties in the field of biomedicine, as well as applicants who have completed the graduate study at faculties of agronomy (agriculture), food and biotechnology, forestry and natural sciences and mathematics.

Academic / professional title acquired after study completion: Master of Pig Production and Health Management, VETCEE accredited

ECTS credits: 60 ECTS
Duration: 2 semesters
Price per semester: 7500 eur
Head of the study: Professor Anamaria Ekert Kabalin, DVM, PhD
email: akabalin@vef.hr


Pig Production and Health Management
12. Jul
Pig Production and Health Management accredited by VetCEE!

Pig Production and Health Management accredited by VetCEE!

The programme Pig Production and Health Management is accredited by VetCEE (The Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe). The main purpose of VetCEE is to provide accreditation of national and international programmes for Continuing Veterinary Education (CVE) in Europe and to facilitate the recognition of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) between the various countries in Europe.  

prof. dr. sc. Anamaria Ekert Kabalin

Predstojnica, redovita profesorica, trajno zvanje
Anamaria Ekert Kabalin

prof. dr. sc. Hrvoje Valpotić

redoviti profesor
Hrvoje Valpotić

prof. dr. sc. Željko Pavičić

redoviti profesor, trajno zvanje
Željko Pavičić

izv. prof. dr. sc. Mario Ostović

Predstojnik; izvanredni profesor
Mario Ostović

prof. dr. sc. Marko Samardžija

Redoviti profesor; Dekan
Marko Samardžija

prof. dr. sc. Maja Popović

Predstojnica; redovita profesorica u trajnom zvanju
Maja Popović

prof. dr. sc. Damjan Gračner

redoviti profesor, trajno zvanje
Damjan Gračner

prof. dr. sc. Albert Marinculić

redoviti profesor u trajnom zvanju, DECVP
Albert Marinculić

prof. dr. sc. Nenad Turk

redoviti profesor, trajno zvanje
Nenad Turk

prof. dr. sc. Nevijo Zdolec

redoviti profesor
Nevijo Zdolec

izv. prof. dr. sc. Sven Menčik

izvanredni profesor
Sven Menčik

prof. dr. sc. Frane Božić

redoviti profesor u trajnom izboru
Frane Božić

prof. dr. sc. Velimir Sušić

redoviti profesor, trajno zvanje
Velimir Sušić


MODULE Biotechnological Procedures in Pig Production
Semester: 1st
Pig breeding and selection
Physiology and pathology of pig nutrition
Hygiene, environment and biosecurity in pig production
Semester: 2nd
Pig welfare protection


MODULE Pig Health Protection
Semester: 1st
Pig reproduction
Immunology of pigs
Internal diseases of pigs
Invasive diseases of pigs
Semester: 2nd
Surgical diseases of pigs
Infectious diseases of pigs
Pathomorphological diagnostics of pig diseases


MODULE Production Management
Semester: 2nd
Application of epidemiological principles in pig health management
Production management and health protection of pigs
Pork safety and quality
Practical application of acquired knowledge in intensive pork production and on pig family farms
Communication skills and reporting in veterinary medicine


MODULE Research Project
Semester: 2nd
Research Project I
Research Project II


MODULE Additional topics – elective courses
Semester: 1st
Application of molecular genetic methods in improving the productivity and health of domestic animals
Applied statistics for veterinary practitioners
Animal welfare history, concepts and science

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