Teaching and research at the Institute of Veterinary Pathology focus on causes, mechanisms, and diagnostic features of diseases in pet, domestic, zoo, and wild animals. In addition to veterinary students, participants in the MS program on toxicology and equine sciences are trained in relevant aspects of pathology as well. The diagnostic services comprise necropsies and biopsy examinations to identify tissue changes and diseases in living and deceased animals, including pet, livestock, zoo, and wild animal species.
The main areas of research include specific aspects of oncology and the study of diseases of domestic animals and select wild animals. In joint research projects sponsored by the German Research Foundation (DFG), critical aspects of pneumonia and the interaction of nanoparticles with cells and tissues in the body are addressed.
As the only Institute of Veterinary Pathology in Germany, we offer a ScanScope service with a fully digitized microscope. The device enables the complete digital processing and analysis of tissue specimens at very high resolution. The scanned images can be remotely viewed via the World Wide Web and analyzed by multiple parties, without a traditional microscope. The device offers many advantages in the context of research and teaching.