Lithuanian Veterinary Academy
The Lithuanian Veterinary Academy (Lithuanian: Lietuvos veterinarijos akademija), located in Vilijampolė neighbourhood of Kaunas, Lithuania, was a state-owned, autonomous institution of higher education, with university level status. It conferred degrees in veterinary medicine and provided scientific advice and scientific support in fields which have a direct or indirect impact on animal health, welfare, food and feed safety. In 2010 it was merged with the Kaunas University of Medicine to form the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.
The academy began its history in 1922 as the Veterinary department under the Faculty of Medicine in Kaunas University. In 1929 the department closed due to lack of funds, but was able to re-open in 1936. In spring of 1943, the LVA, along with other institutions of higher education in Lithuania, was closed. During the postwar period teaching and administrative staff experienced difficulties stemming from a lack of experienced teachers, text books and electricity. In the spring of 1946, a flood destroyed part of existing laboratories, buildings, and all laboratory animals. The academy recovered; in 1974 a scientific sector was established, and the number of students as well as teaching and scientific staff increased. In 2001 the Lithuanian Veterinary Institute and the Lithuanian Institute of Animal Science were incorporated into the Academy's structure.
Teaching facilities at the Lithuanian Veterinary Academy include the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (6 departments); the Faculty of Animal Husbandry Technology (5 departments); 12 scientific laboratories, acting under the departments; the Continuing Education Centre; and a library.
Research facilities at the Academy include the Milking Training Centre; the Practical Instruction and Research Centre; the Teaching Farm, which issues healthy herd certificates; the Modern Cold Storage Farm (with teaching rooms); Large and Small Animal Clinics; the Laboratory of Livestock Carcass Classification; Mobile Ambulatory Clinics; and 12 research laboratories.
As of 2005, the academy had a student body of 1,561, including 50 doctoral students. The Lithuanian Veterinary Academy has been participating in the ERASMUS programme since 1999.