Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Masters course

Master's Program in Animal and Food Hygiene

In Japan as well as in many other countries in the world, the safety of food of animal origin (animals, milks, meats, etc.) has become an increasingly important issue in order to compete and survive in international free trade. In this program the practical education and research focuses on training students to be advanced specialists so they can work at the international level to enhance the safety of foods. The aim of this program is to address all the health management aspects of the production, processing and transportation of foods of animal origin. Therefore, this program has been designed to train students graduates from the departments of agriculture and animal husbandry, as future specialists in the field of “food safety,” so they have excellent research capabilities and enlightened opinions. To do accomplish this they are provided complementary knowledge from the viewpoint of the public health aspects of conventional veterinary medicine and the latest information on the production of foods and agricultural and animal husbandry products.
In view of the highly interdisciplinary nature of the program, the instructional and research components are shared by research-based faculty, and serviced by two laboratories with seven divisions.

Animal and Environmental Health

The laboratory teaches technical development and theories for raising and breeding healthy livestock and controlling diseases as well as naturally maximizing the potential of healthy animals in order to improve economic efficiency. Furthermore, we examine the interactions between host animals and parasites, such as worms and protozoa that cause infectious diseases, and provide a comprehensive program of animal medical science that includes the diagnoses and treatment of zoonotic protozoan diseases, and the relationship between animal health/disease prevention and the basic functions of nutrition.
In addition, we provide comprehensive instruction in environmental hygiene including prevention of diseases by infected vector animals, an international epidemiological study of infectious diseases and the utilization of biomass. We are also studying the establishment of a recycling system in the agricultural and livestock production system in order to alter the highly energy intensive livestock production system that greatly impacts the environment by disturbing material circulation, polluting water systems and emits global-warming gases.

Food Safety

We provide a comprehensive examination of the potential dangers that exist in the path that food takes from farm to dining table in order to achieve a stable and efficient supply of safe, high quality livestock food products. The instruction and research on food hygiene done by this Laboratory includes: the treatment and prevention of pathogenic microbe contamination, (mainly bacteria and viruses), the management and evaluation of sanitary control systems on farms and at food processing sites, the economic evaluation and design of quarantine systems used in international trade, the development of risk evaluation methods for livestock food products by examining food functions and the pathogenic mechanism of microbes, and the analysis of health dangers related to food.

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