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Overview

The duties of the veterinarian are described in a veterinary professional code: The veterinarian is called to prevent, alleviate and cure ailments and diseases in animals, to contribute to the maintenance and development of an efficient animal population, to protect people from the dangers and damage caused by animal diseases as well as through foodstuffs and products of animal origin and to work towards increasing the quality of foodstuffs of animal origin. The veterinary profession is not a trade; by its nature it is a free profession. In performing his duties, the veterinarian assumes a special responsibility and obligation towards the public. It serves the common good, especially human health. He is the avowed protector of animals.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The veterinary training comprises a total of 5,020 hours and consists of the scientific-theoretical (3,850 hours) and the practical part (1,170 hours). The course is divided into the basic course ("preclinical", 2 years) and the main course ("clinical", 3.5 years). The standard period of study is 5.5 years.

The practical part of the course (1,170 hours) includes the following compulsory internships:

  • within at least two weeks (70 hours) exercise on agriculture, animal breeding and animal husbandry on a teaching material (alternatively four-week agricultural internship in a recognized training company or recognized equivalent) (§ 23 TAppV); the internship must be completed before the physics course;
  • in a first section within at least four weeks (150 hours) in a curative veterinary practice (Section 57 Paragraph 1, Section 58 Paragraph 1 TAppV) or a veterinary clinic (Section 57 Paragraph 1);
  • in a second section within at least 16 weeks (700 hours) in a curative veterinary practice (Section 57 Paragraph 2, Section 58 Paragraph 1 TAppV) or a veterinary clinic (Section 59 TAppV) or up to 300 hours as an optional internship in institutions according to § 60 TAppV;
  • within at least two weeks (75 hours) under the supervision of a veterinarian in the hygiene inspection at an authority responsible for hygiene monitoring in slaughterhouses or foodstuffs (Section 55 (1), Section 56 TAppV);
  • at least three weeks (100 hours) under veterinary supervision in ante-mortem and meat inspection by an authority responsible for ante-mortem and meat inspection in a slaughterhouse (Section 55, Paragraphs 2 + 3 TAppV);
  • within at least two weeks (75 hours) in the public veterinary system (§§ 61, 62 TAppV).

 

Scientific-theoretical part of the study:

Basic studies (preclinical)

1st semester
  • Basic lecture biology - zoology
  • Basic lecture biology - botany
  • Organic and inorganic chemistry
  • Experimental Physics and Radiation Science
  • Physics internship
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy i
  • Anatomical dissection exercises I
  • Histology I.
  • Histological Exercises I.
  • History of Veterinary Medicine
  • Profession and class
  • Cross-section of professional skills
2 semesters
  • Botany of fodder, poisonous and medicinal plants
  • Chemistry internship
  • Anatomical seminar / situs demonstrations I
  • Animal welfare ethics and law
  • Introduction to ethology
  • Agriculture
  • biometrics
  • Biochemistry i
  • Biochemistry seminar
  • Physiology I
  • Basics of animal breeding
  • Special animal breeding and assessment
  • Exercises for special animal breeding and animal assessment
  • Cross-section of professional skills

Anatomical-physiological section

3rd semester
  • Anatomy ii
  • Anatomical exercises II
  • Physiology II
  • Physiology seminar
  • Biochemistry II
  • Biochemistry internship
  • Cross-section of professional skills
4th semester
  • Anatomical seminar / situs demonstrations II
  • embryology
  • Histology II
  • Historical Exercises II
  • Clinical biochemistry as part of clinical laboratory diagnostics
  • Physiology III ("clinical psychology") in the context of clinical laboratory diagnostics
  • Physiological internship
  • Feed science exercises
  • Animal welfare
  • Cross-section of professional skills

 

Clinical section

5th semester
  • Animal nutrition and spec. Animal nutrition
  • Animal nutrition
  • General and Special Virology I
  • General theory of infection and disease / general bacteriology and mycology
  • Animal and environmental hygiene
  • livestock farming
  • General pathology
  • General pathology
  • parasitology
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Clinical Radiology
  • General surgery
  • Surgery & Anaesthesiology Exercises I
  • Clinical Propaedeutics - All Animal Species
  • General and special immunology
6th semester  
  • Special pharmacology and toxicology
  • Virology internship
  • Special virology II
  • Microbiological course
  • Special bacteriology & mycology
  • Meat hygiene I
  • Milk hygiene
  • Food hygiene I
  • Parasitological exercises
  • Clinical case studies I (all animal species)
  • Clinical laboratory diagnostics
  • Organ-centered teaching I
  • Pathologist Organ Block Exercises I
  • cross-section
7th semester
  • Animal disease control I
  • Meat hygiene II
  • Grocery course I
  • Milk examination course
  • Food science
  • Pathological-anatomical demonstrations I
  • Drugs and narcotics law / drug ordinance and use
  • Galenics internship
  • General and clinical radiology II
  • Clinical case studies II (all animal species)
  • Surgical and anesthetic theory
  • Surgery & anesthesiology exercises II
  • Organ-centered teaching II
  • Pathologist Exercises on Organ Blocks II
  • cross-section
8th semester
  • Animal disease control II
  • Food course II
  • Meat hygiene III
  • Meat hygiene exercises
  • Pathological-anatomical demonstrations II
  • Poultry diseases
  • Clinical case studies poultry
  • Eye Examination Course (Ophthalmology)
  • Court Veterinary medicine, professional and ethical law
  • Diseases of bees
  • Diseases of reptiles, amphibians and fish
  • Organ-centered teaching III
  • Emergency medicine (during lecture-free time)
  • Pathologist Organ Block Exercises III
  • cross-section
  • Laboratory animal science
9th and 10th semester
Clinical rotation (9 weeks), of which 8 weeks in veterinary clinics and reproductive medicine and one week in clinical pathology
Elective courses
Compulsory elective courses (22 SWS during the course, 6 SWS in the preclinical section, 16 SWS in the clinical section)
Basic lecture biology - zoology
Basic lecture biology - botany
Organic and inorganic chemistry
Experimental Physics and Radiation Science
Physics internship
Medical terminology
Anatomy i
Anatomical dissection exercises I
Histology I.
Histological Exercises I.
History of Veterinary Medicine
Profession and class
Cross-section of professional skills

 

CAREER PROPSECTS

In addition to working in small and large animal practices as well as in research and teaching, veterinarians have career opportunities in the public veterinary sector, e.g. in the areas of food monitoring, regulatory tasks in animal welfare, animal disease control and advice on animal diseases, health monitoring in animal populations and hygiene advice in the production of animals Food. 

The private sector offers other fields of activity: Here, veterinarians mainly carry out product support for pharmaceuticals (so-called product management), processing target group studies, market analyzes and consumer information (veterinarians and / or their target groups), and rarely do field research in the field. The feed and food industry offers further possibilities.

Professional prospects abroad exist in the new or restructuring of health services, in advising authorities on questions of public veterinary matters, helping to shape veterinary training, advice in combating animal diseases, advice on setting up economic animal production and on adapting to standards ( e.g. EU standard).

 


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