At a Glance
The Department of Veterinary Medicine is a prestigious center of research in veterinary medicine and veterinary care services. It is one of only five sites in Germany offering veterinary education and training. The research activities of the Department’s 20 academic and clinical units take an interdisciplinary approach and are part of a worldwide network.
For its roughly 500 employees as well as external parties, the Department has a training center, Veterinarium Progressum, on the Düppel campus. The holdings of the Veterinary Library include approximately 160,000 volumes.
The veterinary research performed within the Department traditionally focuses especially on food safety and product quality in foods from animal sources. But animal welfare and the yield, health, and reproduction of livestock are also studied within the Department, along with diseases of the musculoskeletal system, skin, and kidneys in animals.
In one Collaborative Research Group (SFB) 852 “Nutrition and Intestinal Microbiota - Host Interactions in the Pig,” probiotic and microbiotic research is studying the effects of dietary factors on the intestinal function and overall animal health in pigs.
The German Research Foundation (DFG) set up an International Research Training Group "Functional Molecular Infection Epidemiology" at the Department. In cooperation with researchers from the University of Hyderabad, veterinary researchers from the Department investigate the susceptibility to disease as a function of genetic factors.