Cvetnić Željko, F.C.A.

Full members IV. Department of Medical Sciences
Cvetnić Željko

Date of birth:

  • 11/26/1963

Place of birth:

  • Mraclin (Velika Gorica)


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Cvetnić Željko, F.C.A.

Full members IV. Department of Medical Sciences

Academic titles:

  • doctor of Science
  • fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts


  • head – Veterinary Institute Križevci (01/01/2019 – …)
  • Deputy Director – Croatian Veterinary Institute (03/09/2015 – 07/20/2020)
  • Head – Department of Bacteriology and Parasitology (03/09/2015 – 06/01/2017)
  • Director – Croatian Veterinary Institute (03/08/2007 – 03/08/2015)

Functions in Academy:

  • head  – Institute for Scientific Research and Artistic Work in Velika Gorica(2018. – …)

Membership in Academy:

  • full member – Department of Medical Sciences (05/12/2016 – …)
  • associate member – Department of Medical Sciences (05/10/2012 – 05/12/2016)

Curriculum Vitae

Željko Cvetnić was born in 1963 in Mraclin. He graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb. He is employed as a scientific advisor at the Croatian Veterinary Institute. He served as director for two terms and currently serves as deputy director and head of the Department of Bacteriology and Parasitology.
He introduced institutional cooperation with laboratories in France, the Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, the Netherlands and Slovenia with whose employees he published scientific papers.
His scientific work predominantly includes research in the fields of epizootiology, bacteriology and infectious immunology.

He has achieved exceptional results in the development of human and veterinary epidemiology and bacteriology in Croatia. He made a notable contribution to scientific achievements in the research of bacterial zoonoses on a global scale: the discovery of new molecular features of some types of mycobacteria, which greatly influences the course of epidemiological research into tuberculosis. Especially important are his research on brucellosis in domestic animals. His contribution to proving species of the genus Brucella in bottlenose dolphins in the northern Adriatic is important.

He has published more than 320 publications, of which more than 90 papers have been cited on international bases. His papers have been cited 820 times in the Web of Science database and more than 890 times at the Scopus base, h-index = 18. He is the author of four books and co-author of 3 books.
Under his directorate, more than 200 laboratory methods were accredited in 29 laboratories and 19 reference laboratories with 37 areas of work were established, and other activities important for veterinary diagnostics were launched at the international level. He is a professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb and the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Mostar, and a visiting professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Sarajevo. He was a member of various bodies of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia.
As president or member of the organizing committee, he participated in the organization of various scientific and professional meetings. He was the associate member of CASA (2012- 2016)  and the winner of the CASA Award in the field of medical sciences for 2010. In 2016 he was elected as a full member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the Department of Natural Sciences.