The Institute of Poultry Diseases is one of five clinics in the Department of Veterinary Medicine. It has four divisions: bacteriology; parasitology; virology; and ornamental, zoo, and wild birds.
The Institute offers various services in the field of animal welfare and consumer protection. These include the testing of new vaccines and drugs as well as the testing of vaccines for poultry and vaccines for humans that are prepared using chicken eggs or chicken cell cultures. In the clinic diseases of ornamental, zoo, and wild birds can be diagnosed. Wild birds that are ill or maimed can be operated on and cared for until they regain their health.
The scientists provide consulting services for animal owners and veterinarians with regard to holding animals, animal welfare, and the prevention of all poultry diseases. Veterinarians can receive training to become specialists in poultry diseases or obtain the additional designation of "species protection."