Snježana Kužir was born on April 9, 1969 in Zagreb. She graduated in 1996 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb. As one of the 10% of the best students, in 1997 she was elected a junior assistant researcher at the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, and enrolled in postgraduate research in the same field. She obtained a master’s degree in biomedicine and health in 2002, and in 2006 a doctorate in biomedicine and health, in the field of veterinary medicine / veterinary medicine. In April 2007 she was elected a research associate, in November 2008 a senior research associate, in June 2012 a scientific advisor and in 2019 a permanent advisor in the scientific field of biomedicine and health, veterinary medicine. In February 2010, she was elected to the scientific-teaching title of assistant professor, in September 2015 to the scientific-teaching title of associate professor and in December 2020 to the scientific-teaching title of full professor.
During her work at the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, she participated in teaching and improving the teaching of several subjects within the Integrated Undergraduate and Graduate Study of Veterinary Medicine. Academic year 2016/2017 she was the leader and the only teacher of the course “Histology with general embryology” for the first generation of students studying in English. Furthermore, she is the leader of one subject (“Forensic Osteology and Archaeozoology”) and an associate in two subjects of the postgraduate specialist study “Forensic Veterinary Medicine”. She is involved as the leader of one (“Comparative morphology of the skin and its derivatives in vertebrates”) and an associate in two doctoral subjects in Veterinary Sciences. She was a commentator on one, a mentor in the preparation of 16 final theses and two student theses awarded the Dean’s Award. In addition to completing the course on teaching skills “Active learning and critical thinking in higher education”, as well as “Course for e-learning – LMS system”, she completed other courses that improve her teaching and professional work and received international scholarships. During the pandemic and the transition to online teaching, she participated in numerous webinars thematically related to improving teaching activities.
So far, she has been involved in research related to three scientific projects of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and three projects of the Croatian Science Foundation. Furthermore, she is an associate on three projects thematically related to teaching (Development of higher education occupational standards, qualification standards and improvement of integrated undergraduate and graduate study of veterinary medicine with the application of the CROQF at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, Digital Education in Veterinary Studies- DEVet, Establishment of postgraduate specialist studies in veterinary medicine in English). For the past four years, he has been an associate (2014 and 2018) or leader (2015-2017 and 2019) of projects within the framework of Grants in Scientific Research.
She participated in the publication of the first E manual in Croatia: “3D atlas of the horse’s skeleton” and the translation of the textbook McGeady, T. A., P. J. Quinn, E. S. FitzPatrick, M. T. Ryan (2014): Veterinary Embryology. Naklada Slap, Zagreb. She has published five chapters in the book, one online lecture and 32 papers indexed in the Scopus database. She has published 9 papers in other journals and 7 papers in proceedings of national and international congresses. She is the co-author of 5 invited lectures at international and domestic conferences and participated in the preparation of 67 conference papers. Furthermore, she is a reviewer in seven scientific journals. He actively participates in the work of the body of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
She is a member of the Croatian Veterinary Chamber, the Croatian Society of Morphologists, the Croatian Society for Calcified Tissues and the Croatian Ecological Society. He is an active member of the European Association of Veterinary Anatomists and the International Society of Education in Animal Sciences.
As part of the project “Improving cooperation between fishermen and scientists in order to introduce advanced technologies for marking fishing gear, fish health and environmental protection” she participates in the analysis of growth and development disorders and monitoring the occurrence of tumors on submitted fish specimens. They will also participate in the dissemination of knowledge and research results.