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Department of Obstetrics and Food Animal Medicine Clinic

+361 478 4206
+361 478 4100 / 8330
+361 478 4207
Head of Unit
Rátky József
1078 Budapest István u. 2.
Postal address
1400 Budapest Pf. 2
Building L I. Floor


Recognizing the practical importance of obstetrics, Béla Plósz have started teaching veterinary obstetrics as an independent subject in 1899. He used phantoms to demonstrate obstetrical aid and slaughterhouse calves for fetotomy. From this time on, castration and ovariectomy became a significant part of the veterinarian’s activities. One of his most famous students and successors was Henrik Hetzel who introduced several new aspects such as prevention of infertility, physiology and pathology of embryo development, pregnancy and parturition. Infectious diseases of the reproductive organs, reproductive disorders caused by improper feeding and housing systems and metabolic diseases were also discussed. Hetzel initiated to establish a new clinic for obstetrics which was opened in 1930. His successor, Kálmán Bölcsházy introduced several hormonological methods, invented many obsterical instruments and dealt with reproductive problems of the concentrated, intensive farming systems. Both Hetzel and Bölcsházy compiled several study books about animal reproduction and veterinary obstetrics. In collaboration with István Mészáros, the next head of the department Sándor Cseh has been working in organization of the national artificial insemination network. He introduced the training of artificial insemination for veterinary students and wrote books about obstetrical surgery and veterinary obstetrics. After his early death György Horváth became the leader of the department. His research activity focused on the field of mastitis and udder health. In 1973 the department moved to its present location into the new buildings and János Haraszti was nominated as chair of the department. Under his leadership there was a significant development in clinico-chemical and endocrinological methods and in the biotechnological research including the embryo transfer. After him László Zöldág became the chair with special interest in small animal reproduction and andrology. Since 1994 László Solti has been appointed to the head of the department. His research interest focused on the field of development and introduction into the practice of new immune-analytical procedures (CPBA, RIA and ELISA). His other research field was the animal biotechnology. He took part in the introduction of the embryo transfer procedure in Hungary. After 17 years of leadership, in 2011 the head of department position was taken over from László Solti by Sándor Cseh. From 2020 the Head of the Department is Dr. József Rátky.