Wageningen UR Animal Science Group - The Netherlands
About Wageningen UR
‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’. That is the mission of Wageningen University & Research centre. A staff of 6,500 and 10,000 students from over 100 countries work everywhere around the world in the domain of healthy food and living environment for governments and the business community-at-large.
The Animal Sciences Group of Wageningen UR is one of the five science groups. It consist of three parts:
- Wageningen UR Livestock Research: Wageningen UR Livestock Research is the market leader in integrating scientific knowledge into livestock concepts for the 21st century and has state-of-the-art research facilities, including Dairy Campus and Swine Innovation Centre VIC Sterksel.
- Central Veterinary Institute (CVI), part of Wageningen UR: The activities of CVI cover the entire extensive field of infectious diseases, including zoonoses in livestock, animal infectious disease diagnosis and control, food safety and biologicals. One of the main tasks is as the National Reference Laboratory for contagious and notifiable animal diseases. Through top-level veterinary research CVI contributes to the protection of animal and public health.
- Department of Animal Sciences of Wageningen University: The Department of Animal Sciences is involved in academic research and education related to the health and welfare of animals and people. The primary focus is on the functioning of animals, both from a curiosity perspective and in relation to the various functions animals have for people. Recently, state-of-the art research facilities are realised to be able to study animals in all aspects.
Within the Animal Science group, our work ranges from fundamental research to applied research focus on innovation in practice. Wageningen UR therefore works closely together with industry. Vision
Worldwide, demand for meat, dairy products and eggs is increasing; these products must be safe, healthy and, of course, good to eat. The products must also be produced in a responsible manner in a livestock industry in which increasingly high standards are placed on the health and welfare of animals and on the reduction and prevention of harmful effects to the environment and society.
We face the challenge to feeding the world within the carrying capacity of planet earth. The Animal Sciences group of Wageningen UR therefore aims on four aspects to contribute to a sustainable livestock sector:
Wageningen UR in the Animal Task Force
- Animal based farming: using the animals perspective as starting point
- Zero emission farming: closing nutrient cycles
- Smart farming: using modern technologies to optimise production efficiency
- Adaptive farming: working on adaptation with and within society
Wageningen UR represents the Dutch knowledge institutes in the ATF. The Animal Science Group of Wageningen UR develops pioneering innovations and supports the implementation of applications in sustainable and economically profitable livestock industry in the future. We contribute to the ATF by sharing our knowledge on fundamental and applied research on sustainable livestock systems, nutrition, genetics, animal health and welfare and environmental impact of farm animals. We form partnerships, consortia and other cooperative relationships focusing on our specific areas of expertise and themes to successfully deal with the challenges of the future.