The history of the department dates back to 1967, when it was called Department of Animal Production in Tropics and Subtropics. It was established as one of the three departments of the Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture
The Department is primarily focused on educational challenges in tropical and subtropical areas and it is aimed to:
- Breeding and improvement of properties of livestock breeds
- Breeding and protection of native animal species and their reproduction
- Animal nutrition and dietetics
- Animal hygiene, disease prevention and animal welfare
- Ethology of domestic and wild animals
- Processing of agricultural products in relation to food safety and hygiene
Since 2006 the department leads the management of farm breeding of Common Eland (Taurotragus oryx) at the School farm of Czech University of Life Sciences in Lány and since 2000 leads the projects focused on Western Derby Eland (Taurotragus derbianus derbianus) conservation programme in Senegal.
Within the Foreign Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic the Department is also focused on the implementation of research tasks and projects in developing countries.