Veterinary Research Institute – Hellenic Agricultural Organization DEMETER


Thermi, Thessaloniki


Veterinary Research Institute of Thessaloniki, established in 1997, is a research unit of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization DIMITRA (former NAGREF).The main purpose of the Institute is conduction of research aiming to the:

  • Improvement of livestock production (productivity, farm  management,  sustainability)
  • Sustainable development, characterization and use of local animal genetic resources
  • Protection of public health
  • Disease prevention and control in farm animals
  • Improvement of reproductive performance (classical and biotechnological methods)
  • Hygiene and technology of food of animal origin
  • Development of livestock systems, environmental protection, animal welfare and production of quality products
  • Hygiene, quality and food safety in particular animal origin
  • Toxicology of animals and feed

In addition to their research activities the researchers:

  • Provide scientific support to the Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food
  • Participate in international Networks, Fora and Working Groups
  • Act as National Contact Points in European Scientific Committees
  • Participate in National Committees ((Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Development, National Drug Organization, etc.)
  • Provide support and services to farmers or/and their associations
  • Organize or/and participate in training programs/seminars for students, scientists and farmers