The Departament of Animal Science is focused on optimising livestock systems and making them more sustainable, as well as producing foods of animal origin, conserving indigenous breeds, upgrading value chains and preventing infectious diseases with a public health impact. To this end, work is being done to improve the use of Aragon’s resources and to increase the technical and economic efficiency of livestock production, and the quality and safety of animal products. Studies are also being carried out on epidemiology as well as the diagnosis and control of livestock diseases and zoonoses.
The Department contributes to knowledge on the technical management of cattle and sheep flocks, the development of new feeding systems and their effect on product quality and traceability, the improvement of fertility and prolificacy through the management and use of genomic/genetic tools, product diversification in different livestock species, and the effects of livestock farming on the environment and its capacity to provide ecosystem services. It thus contributes to providing society with healthy, sustainably produced food and meeting the expectations of different consumers. In the field of animal health, the department is renowned for its significant advances in epidemiological studies and in developing vaccines and diagnostic methods for the prevention and control of diseases such as brucellosis, salmonellosis and various parasitic diseases.