Prof. Dr. hab. Józef Szarek

Place of work and position
Head of the Chair of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration with Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory “Forensic Veterinary Medicine, Cell Pathology”,
University of Warmia and Mazury, Oczapowskiego St. 13, 10 – 719 Olsztyn Poland,
phone/fax: (48-89) 523-32-52, e-mail:

Educational qualifications

1972      Veterinary surgeon
1978      Doctor of philosophy, pathology  “Cellular reactions in the course of leukaemia in cattle”
                Supervisor: Professor VMD Tadeusz Szuperski, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,
                University of Agricultural, Olsztyn, Poland
1984     Certification of graduate from one year Ultrastructural Microscopy Course
                at Medical Academy in Warsaw
1985      Habilitation, D.Sc., Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine
                “The pattern of the selected lymphopoetic organs of miniature pigs
                in the course of the experimental amyloidosis taking under consideration
                the effect of hydrocortisone and dimethyl sulfoxide”
                Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Agricultural and Technology,
                Olsztyn, Poland
1986      Certification of graduate from three year course for Forensic Veterinary Medicine Experts,
                Warsaw University
1996     Professor of Veterinary Medicine - President of Republic of Poland nomination.


1997      in laboratory animal medicine
1997      in epizootiology and veterinary administration
2000    Professor post granted by the Minister of Education

Scientific training courses

  • Laboratory of Pathological Anatomy,
    Province Hospital in Olsztyn, Poland                                          two weeks 1975

  • Department of Pathological Anatomy,
    Medical Academy in Cracow, Poland                                          two weeks 1976

  • State Institute Veterinary Serum
    Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark                                        two months 1977

  • Department of Pathological Anatomy, University
    of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, Hungary                       one month 1979

  • Institute of Immunology, Medical Academy
    in Munich, Federal Republic of Germany                                 two weeks 1985

  • Environmental and Nutritional Health Research
    Organisation, New Delhi, Solapur, India                                   one month 1986

  • Institute of History of Medicine
    and Medical Research, New Delhi, India                                   one month 1987

Participation in Erasmus and Socrates Programme:

2006 - Lithuanian Veterinary Academy, Kaunas, Lithuania
2007 - Lithuanian Veterinary Academy, Kaunas, Lithuania
2007 - University of Santiago de Compostela, Lugo, Spain
2008 - Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain
2008 - Lithuanian Veterinary Academy, Kaunas, Lithuania

Teaching experience:

1972 – 1988                    classes on histopathology and pathological anatomy
1973                                     completed a one-year course in basic psychology and pedagogic sciences and                                                    principles of scientific research methods and teaching at university level
1973 – up to now     classes on forensic veterinary medicine
1978 – up to now       lectures on forensic veterinary medicine
1988 – up to now       classes and lectures on veterinary administration
2006 – up to now      classis and lectures on marketing and management of the veterinary practice
2008 – up to now      classis and lectures on veterinary economic

Research publications and expert appraisements



  • 1995 - “Q fever in humans and animals”.

  • 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005 - “Veterinary surgeon as an forensic veterinary expert”

  • 2002 - “Human in front of homeless animal”, edited by J. Szarek

  • 2003 - “Human in front of homeless animal – law and reality”, edited by J. Szarek and I. Babinska

  • 2003 - “Forensic Veterinary Medicine”

  • 2004 – “Pathology in Nowadays”, edited by I. Babińska, J. Szarek, J. Lipińska

  • 2007 – “Human and veterinary medicine in the past”, edited by M.Z. Felsmann, J. Szarek, M. Felsmann

  • 2008 – “Effect of fish production technology and quality of water environment
    on some breeding and pathomorphological agents of consumption carp (Cyprinus carpio L.)” edited by J. Szarek, K.A. Skibniewska, J. Guziur

  • Original monographs                                                                                               141

  • Reviews                                                                                                                            75

  • Research announcements                                                                                     174

  • Research expert appraisements                                                                            31

  • Legal expert appraisement                                                                                         7

  • Forensic expert appraisement                                                                            343

Professional societies

  • Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences                                                                                  from 1972

  • Polish Society of Veterinary Pathologists                                                                           from 1983

  • Honorary member of Environmental and Nutritional
    Health Research Organisation                                                                                                  from 1984

  • European Society of Pathology                                                                                                from 1985

  • European Society of Veterinary Pathology                                                                        from 1994

  • International Society of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety                        from 1995

  • Committee of the Veterinary Medicine Sciences
    of the Polish Academy of Sciences                                                                                         from 2007



Prof. Dr. Józef Szarek has been working in the same university since 1972 and in the years 1988 – 2008 he has been the head of the Department of Forensic and Administration of Veterinary Medicine. Presently he is the head of the Chair of Pathophysiology, Forensic Veterinary Medicine and Administration from the 1st January 2009. He has completed experiments into cattle leukaemia (leukaemia bovis), pathomorphology of amyloidosis in experimental animals, pathology of chickens caused by combined influence of medicaments and metals. Currently he does research into morphological lesions in poultry in farm breeding, pathology of wild birds (pathomorphology of internal organs with consideration of xenobiotics in mallards, coots, herons, eagles, and cormorants), morphological lesions in internal organs in experimental animals upon the influence of heavy metals and phosphoorganic compounds, morphological lesions in fish and mice caused by pesticides.
Prof. Szarek has conferred five doctoral theses and currently he supervises three doctoral theses. He was also supervisor of the one veterinary surgeon from Pakistan: Muhammad Zargham Khan from the Department of Pathological Anatomy, University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (1989 – 1991). Prof. Józef Szarek is the head of Specialization - Laboratory Animal Medicine in the Commission for Veterinary Specialization of Poland since 2008.


  • for teaching and organizing work - by the Ministry of Higher Education and Technology (1978), by the Rector of Academy (1980, 1990, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2004 (2 times), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)

  • for the instructional video “Autopsy Technique of Small Animals” - by the Ministry of Agriculture (1980)

  • for science work - by the Ministry of Higher Education and Technology (1980, 1995), by the Rector (1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003)

  • the “Meritorious to agriculture” medal - granted by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Economy (1988)

  • the silver honour badge of the Natural Protection League (1990)

  • the “Meritorious to University” medal (1993)

  • the Science Award of the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences (1996)

  • the Silver Cross of Merit - granted by the President of Poland (1997)

  • the decoration “Meritorious to the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences” (2000)

  • the honorary decoration “Meritus” granted by the National Veterinary Medicine Chamber (2001)

  • the Science Award of the Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences (2006)