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Dr. Jörg Hartung
President of the International Society for Animal Hygiene
Title: Health and welfare of laying hens in alternative keeping systems

 

 

Professor Dr. med. vet., Dr. med. vet. habil, Dr. h .c. Jörg Hartung is veterinarian and holds
a Professorship in Animal Hygiene and Housing,
a Professorship in Animal Welfare Science and
a Honorary Doctor of the Swedish University of Agricultural
Sciences (SLU).

Since 1993 he is Director of the Institute for Animal Hygiene,
Animal Welfare and Farm Animal Behaviour of the University of
Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany.

He teaches students of veterinary medicine and states veterinarians and carries out research for more than three decades in the areas of animal hygiene and animal production, animal welfare and health of food delivering animals along the food chain, environmental protection in regard to animal production and of occupational health aspects in animal farming.

His work in applied science and consultancy is related to farm planning, ventilation of farm buildings and air quality. He regularly gives expert opinions for courts in legal cases on animal welfare issues and environmental pollution in relation to animal production.

Professor Hartung graduated as veterinarian at Free University Berlin and took his 1st PhD and 2nd PhD (habilitation) in veterinary medicine from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. He is certified Veterinary Specialist in Animal Hygiene and in Animal Welfare Science commissioned by the Veterinary Chamber of Lower Saxony, Germany.

From 1991 to 1993 he was head of the “Environment Group" of the "Welfare Science Division" in the Silsoe Research Institute (BBSRC), Bedfordshire, England. This group was working at the cutting edge of veterinary medicine/biology and agricultural engineering.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) appointed him as Honorary Doctor for his scientific merits in research on various climate and environmental issues in animal farming, on animal welfare, in particular transport and the effects of air pollutant on animal, man and the environment.

He is President of the International Society for Animal Hygiene (ISAH) and organized the 14th ISAH-Congress 2009 in Vechta, Germany.

Jörg Hartung is active in national and international committees and Advisory Boards:
- Vice-president of the Scientific Panel for Animal Health and Welfare of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
- Chairman of the Committee for Animal Welfare of Germany, associated with the Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), Berlin, Germany.
- Member of the Animal Welfare Committee of Lower Saxony, Hanover, Germany
- Chairman of the Committee “Effects of Air Pollutants on Farm Animals and Foodstuffs”, in the Association of German (VDI) and German Industry Norm (DIN),
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Committee for “Biological Risks at the Workplace”, Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Berlin, Germany,
- Chairman of the Section "Animal Hygiene" in the German Veterinary  Association,
- Member, former President and founder (with Prof CM Wathes) of the European Forum of Animal Welfare Councils (EuroFawc), Hannover, Germany, London, UK.
- Reviewer of EU Research Programmes, Brussels.
- Editorial board of AAEM (Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine)

Some former activities in committees, boards and advisory activities (selected topics):
- Member  of  the  Scientific  Committee  on  Animal  Health  and  Animal  Welfare  (SCAHAW)  and  Vice-Chairman of the Animal  Welfare Section,  EU  Commission.
- Invited expert to the European  Parliament on animal transport legislation
- Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for “Agricultural Politics” Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany.
- Member of "WATT-Committee” on Methane and Global Warming, London.
- Joint  European  TEMPUS  Project  CDJP-15039-2000, Sarajewo
- Twinning Project with Turkey TR0203.05 on animal welfare legislation (accession).
- ERASMUS Programme Higher Education Veterinary Faculty of University of Messina, Bologna and Sarajewo.
- Member of the FAO-Network "Animal Waste Utilization".
- Industry advisor for health and welfare of long sea transport of sheep (Indian Ocean).
- Reviewer for the "Dutch Priority Programme on Acidification", NL.
- Award: "Dr. Wilma von Düring-Research-Award 1989" of the Society of Veterinary Medicine, Free University of Berlin (the award for novel research in animal welfare).

Main topics in Teaching:
- Animal Hygiene and Animal Production (bio-security, transmission of disease)
- Animal Welfare and Animal Health (housing, transport, stunning, slaughter)
- Behaviour of food delivering animals (broilers, turkeys, ducks, poultry, sows, piglets)
- Environmental protection, emissions, abatement techniques, manure hygiene
- Occupational health aspects in animal farming

Some current national and international research projects (selected topics):
- Marie Curie ITN Project "BIOBUSINESS", 9 European partners and industry (European Commission)
- “SAFEHOUSE” Project: Salmonella in enriched and alternative laying hen houses (European Commission)
- Place requirements in hen and broiler production - planimetry (State Ministry)
- Investigation of a new group keeping system for nursing sows (State Ministry)
- Microclimate in road vehicles for long transports of cattle and pigs (Federal Ministry)
- Water supply (showers) for peking ducks, health, hygiene, welfare (Federal Ministry)
- Occupational and environmental health in alternative laying houses (Federal Ministry)
- Further development of the small colony keeping system laying hens (Federal Ministry)
- Optimizing sampling technique for MRSA in animal herds (Federal Ministry)
- Occurrence of MRSA in air and in exhaust air of animal houses (Federal Ministry)
- Comparison of the German small colony keeping system with aviaries (Federal Ministry)
- Disinfecting animal house air to reduce spread of epidemic diseases (State Ministry)
- Assessment of biological safety of air cleaning systems in piggeries (Federal Ministry)

 

Selected publications of the last 3 years

HARTUNG, J., NOWAK, B., SPRINGORUM, A. C. (2009):
Animal Welfare and meat quality. In: Kerry, J. P., Ledward, D. (eds.): Improving the sensory and nutritional quality of fresh meat. Woodhead Publishing Limited, 628-646
HARTUNG, J., SPRINGORUM, A. (2009):
Animal Welfare and transport. In: Smulders, J. M., Algers, B. (eds.): Welfare of production animals: assessment and management of risks. Wageningen Academic Publ., Wageningen , NL, 149-166
LV, Q., BAO, E., HARTUNG, J., ZHANG, S. (2009):
Effect of transport stress on the expression of heat shock protein 90 and its corresponding mRNA in the heart and the kidney of piglets. Dtsch. tierärztl. Wschr. 116, 421-428
HÄNSCH, F., NOWAK, B., HARTUNG, J. (2009):
Behavioural and clinical responses of turkeys stunned in a V-shaped, carbon dioxide tunnel. Animal Welfare 18, 81-86
HÄNSCH, F., NOWAK, B., HARTUNG, J. (2009):
Evaluation of a gas stunning equipment used for turkeys under slaughterhouse conditions. Livestock Science 124, 248-254
SCHULZ, J., HARTUNG, J. (2009):
Nachweis von MRSA in Schweinestallluft mit Impingement und nachfolgender Membranfiltration. Gefahrstoffe – Reinhaltung der Luft 69, 348-352
ZHU, L., BAO, E., ZHAO, R., HARTUNG, J. (2009):
Expression of heat shock protein 60 in the tissues of transported piglets. Cell Stress Chaperones 14, 61-69
CLAUSS, M., SPRINGORUM, A. C., HARTUNG, J. (2010):
Effective Collection of Airborne Micro-Organisms by Direct Impatcion on Silicone Sealants – Comparison of Different Adherent Surfaces. In: Aerosol Science and Technology 44, 993-1004
VAN HOOREBEKE, S., VAN IMMERSEEL, F., SCHULZ, J., HARTUNG, J., HARISBERGER, M., BARCO, L., RICCI, A., THEODOROPOULOS, G., XYLOURI, E., DE VYLDER, J., DUCATELLE, R., HAESEBROUCK, F., PASMANS, F., DE KRUIF, A., DEWULF, J. (2010):
Determination of the within and between flock prevalence and identification of risk factors for Salmonella infections in laying hen flocks housed in conventional and alternative systems. Preventive Veterinary Medicine Vol. 94, Issue 1-2 (2010), 94-100
SCHULZ, J., FORMOSA, L., SEEDORF, J., HARTUNG, J. (2011):
Measurement of culturable airborne staphylococci downwind from a
naturally ventilated broiler house. In: Aerobiologia, DOI 10.1007/s10453-
011-9202-6
SCHULZ, J., S. VAN HOOREBEKE, B. HALD, J. HARTUNG, F. VAN IMMERSEEL, I. RADTKE, S. KABELL, J. DEWULF (2011):
 The dynamics of Salmonella occurrence in commercial laying hen flocks throughout a laying period. In: Avian Pathology, accepted for publication
SPRINGORUM, A. C., CLAUSS, M., LINKERT, K.-H., HARTUNG, J. (2011):
 A temperature controlled AGI-30 impinger for sampling of bio-aerosols.
Aerosol Science and Technology, accepted for publication
 

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