Josef Illek is Associate professor at University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno, Czech Republic. He graduated from the Veterinary faculty Brno in 1969 as MVDr. Since he graduated he was working at University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno as Assistant Professor at the Institute of Pathophysiology (1969-1970), Assistant Professor at the Clinic of Ruminant Diseases (1971-1986), Associate Professor at the Clinic of Ruminants Diseases (1987-2009). Since 2010 he has been working as Head of Large Animal Clinical Laboratory. During his work at the clinic he was educating at the clinic. He had 10 succesfully completed leadership of dissertations thesis, and leadership of 10 dissertations thesis that are still in the process along with leadership of 15 completed diploma thesis. His research is focused on a study of metabolic disorders in cattle, small ruminants and development of laboratory diagnostics and clinical biochemistry. He has 95 scientific publications in journals with IF and 260 publications in professional journals. He has also sucessfully completed series of research projects oriented on ruminant problematics. Over the years he held numerous lectures for veterinary and professional agricultural public. He is a member of many professional associations, scientific boards, editorial boards and doctoral committee. Since 2008 he has been President of the Czech buiatric association.