The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb was founded in 1940 and has since been involved in teaching, professional and scientific research in the field of veterinary medicine.
In the program of integrated study of veterinary medicine, classes are held in two compulsory (Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry in Veterinary Medicine) and two elective subjects (Chemistry of Natural Compounds and Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostics).
The research work of the Department includes interdisciplinary research in the field of preparation of new molecules and determination of their biological activity and basic and clinical studies of canine babesiosis, especially the activity of the hemostatic and fibrinolytic system and its association with inflammation. Part of the activities of the biochemical laboratory is the continuous monitoring of new trends in diagnostics, which can be applied in veterinary medicine.
We have established cooperation with relevant research groups at our faculty, other institutions in Croatia (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Osijek, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zagreb, Pliva Research Institute, KBC Sestre milosrdnice) and abroad (University of Glasgow, UK, University of Murcia, Spain, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Institute of Biomedical Science, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil).