School of Veterinary Medicine - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH, https://www.auth.gr/) is the largest university in Greece and is widely recognized as a vibrant center of academic and research achievements. It comprises 10 faculties which consist of 40 schools and 1 single-School Faculty. About 73,930 students study at the Aristotle University, while there are 2,024 faculty members. In the last few years AUTH has collaborated with 1,700 partners (Universities, Research Centers and Companies) in nearly 3,500 Research Projects, with an overall budget of 150 million euros. The School of Veterinary Medicine of AUTH (http://www.vet.auth.gr/) was founded in 1950 and, since then, it has offered 3,943 BA degrees in Veterinary Medicine and 342 PhD degrees. The School of Veterinary Medicine is included in the list of approved EU veterinary medical institutions drawn by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE); it is the only School in Greece which has been positively evaluated by external-independent evaluators. The School of Veterinary Medicine has got wide experience in coordination and participation in international cooperation projects, especially concerning animal health and genetic improvement, economic performance of livestock farms and farm management.
Research Institute of Animal Science – Hellenic Agricultural Organisation “Demeter”
Research Institute of Animal Science (RIAS, http://www.rias.gr/) is the Hellenic Agricultural Organization – Demeter’s unit to support the research in the area of livestock production science and is cited in a big farm of 348 hectares in Northern Greece, close to the city of Giannitsa and 45 km western from the city of Thessaloniki. Its purpose is to produce high-quality research in all the individual aspects of animal science (nutrition, breeding, reproduction, biotechnology etc), with dozens of experiments planned and executed within its premises in the framework of more than 100 national and international research programs. The mission of RIAS is to develop research on animal science challenges, in order to evaluate innovative approaches for the improvement of animal production. Research activities of RIAS are based on farm animal nutrition, reproduction and genetic improvement, breeding systems and animal welfare. The mission of RIAS’ researchers is to inform and educate farmers on new farming methods and techniques, provide information on farm animals and the proper use and management of feed materials as well as on genetic material selection and breeding management. RIAS has a wide range of experimental infrastructures and equipment and at present it has the main body of purebred Pelagonia sheep existing in Greece that will play a crucial role in disposal of Pelagonia genetic material.
Geotechnical Chamber of Greece – Branch of West Macedonia
The Geotechnical Chamber of Greece (GEOTEE, https://www.geotee.gr/) is a public legal entity with elected administration, supervised by the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food. It was founded in Thessaloniki in 1971 and it is self-governing, with its own financial resources and legal framework within it operates under the law 1474/84. Geotechnical Chamber of Greece is a professional organization that serves as the official technical advisor of the Greek state and is responsible for awarding professional licences to all agricultural engineers and veterinarians in Greece. GEOTEE is a public service aiming at expanding and promoting scientific knowledge in the fields of agriculture, livestock farming, forestry, fishing and the management of mineral and water resources. GEOTEE’s research activities concern the productivity and competitiveness of Greek agriculture and livestock farming, the quantitative and qualitative improvement of production and the development of efficient and sustainable supply chains of agricultural products. GEOTEE has experience in organizing, at regional or national level, conventions, workshops and conferences of scientific, professional or economic interest.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Bitola
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bitola was founded in 2009 as one of the newest departments in "St Kliment Ohridski" University in Bitola (http://www.uklo.edu.mk/). Its mission is to educate students in the field of veterinary science applying a contemporary study curriculum according to the principles and requirements of the Bologna Declaration and introducing the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) which ensures recognition for the diploma and wide mobility of the professors/students within European education area. The vision and mission of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is in compliance with the role of governmental authorities such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, Food and Veterinary Agency, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education and Science, as well as with the industry community. Within its research activities, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has established a department for scientific activities which includes well-equipped laboratories. The mission of this department is to fulfil different scientific requirements, through continuous maintenance and improvement of research in various scientific fields. Therefore, a priority of the management team of the Faculty is the introduction of management systems and quality control, introduction and standardization of new research methods, adoption of good clinical and laboratory practices and dissemination of knowledge through educational process.
Municipality of Dolneni
Dolneni (http://www.opstinadolneni.gov.mk/en/frontpage/) is a municipality in central part of FYROM. Dolneni is also the name of the village where the municipal seat is found. The municipality is part of the Pelagonia Region. According to the last national census from 2002 this municipality has 13,568 inhabitants. Dolneni is a municipality where the favorable climatic and environmental conditions have favored the expansion of agricultural and livestock production. The main economic activity is agriculture; however, the livestock sector accounts for 24% of primary production, with 8,000 cattle and 20,000 small ruminants. The conditions for keeping livestock are very advantageous especially in higher regions. Healthy and not polluted environment constitutes an important factor for the development of the livestock sector.
Centre for Rural Development SEE
Centre for Rural Development – SEE is an organization that deals with issues related to rural development. The organization is situated in village of Brchevo, in the southwestern part of FYROM. CRD-SEE aims on utilizing an idea in order to develop projects that meet the requirements of the organization. The organization has 25 members and 15 local volunteers with different backgrounds, who are working on different local projects concerning youth, environment, culture etc. The majority of the activities of Centre for Rural Development – SEE refer to the following areas of interest: • Promotion of non-formal education through intercultural learning and international youth exchanges • Promotion of rural tourism • Cross border cooperation • Multi-ethnic, multilingual, multicultural and multi-religious cooperation • Promotion of culture and art