Veterinary University of Vienna, Austria

The Vetmeduni Vienna is the only academic institution in Austria to carry out teaching and research in veterinary medicine. Founded in 1765 it is also one of the oldest schools established for veterinary medicine. The University is dedicated to foster animal health, preventive veterinary medicine, public health and food safety. Its research focus is on establishing a sound scientific basis for judgements on the health and well-being of animals considering all issues arising in animal husbandry, protection and ethics.
The Unit for Poultry Medicine is part of a specialised university clinic for Fish and Poultry Medicine, performing basic and applied research in order to improve poultry health and well-being. The primary aim is to elucidate the pathogenesis of certain infectious diseases. This knowledge is used to develop new protection strategies, linking problems in the field with laboratory investigations and animal experiments.
It reflects the strong position of the unit in applied medicine. In this context, studies on fowl adenoviruses (FAdV), Histomonas meleagridis and various bacterial infections like Salmonella infantis are of special interest. Research projects are financed by different grant sources ranging from the veterinary pharmaceutical industry, retailers, governmental organizations, the European Union via cross-border projects, the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

The Unit for Poultry Medicine has substantial experience in carrying out animal trials in poultry with different settings. Trials are complemented with substantial laboratory analysis comprising pathology, histology, bacteriology, virology, serology and molecular techniques.

Role in the project
UVM, led by Prof. Michael Hess, will lead WP6, aimed at addressing multiple disease challenges in poultry production through deconstructing pathogen-microbiota-animal interactions through 3D’omics. UVM will carry out animal trials with different poultry species, and will also perform animal phenotyping and KPI analyses. UVM will also be in charge of ethics management. In total, UVM will be leading 5 tasks.