Study Abroad Program in Germany – Schedule

Faculty Advisor: Margarethe Hoenig,, Ph.D., Professor;
Duncan C. Ferguson, VMD, PhD., Professor


Veterinary organizations have recently emphasized the importance of globalization, with international veterinary medicine being one of the growth areas within the profession. The steady growth of the world’s population and the increasing dependence of the American economy on international consumers and the complex global political environment have far ranging implications for veterinary medicine in the U.S and worldwide. We recognize that provision of food, the increasing importance of international trade, emergent diseases from husbandry advances, environmental disruption, and exponential international travel are issues of critical importance for veterinary medicine both at home and abroad. It is therefore of paramount importance that veterinary students gain insight into different cultures and are exposed to veterinary problems in different countries.

This study abroad program to Germany will serve to familiarize students with issues and opportunities in this field in a comprehensive manner. Germany and the European Union have been recognizing the importance of public health issues and addressed them in a very comprehensive manner. The EU has also been at the forefront of regulations pertaining to animal welfare issues. The goal of this study abroad is to expose US students to a well organized system of public health surveillance. This is especially important considering the fact that many of the infectious diseases of the European continent threatening lifestock and human health do not occur yet in the US but their recognition is vital for the safety not only of the US but the global population.




9-11 AM: History of the TiHo Hannover, walk through the campus
Meeting with Prof. Dr. Greif (President)
11 AM -12 PM: Prof. Hackbarth: Animal Welfare regulations in Germany/EU
12-1 PM: Lunch
1-4 PM: Prof. Hackbarth: Animal Welfare regulations in Germany/EU


9-11 AM: Prof. Klein and staff: Food Laws and regulations in Germany
11-12 AM: Milk Hygiene
12-1PM: Lunch
1-5 PM: Laboratory examination of meat/milk/eggs


8-11 AM: Visitation of a slaughterhouse
11 AM: Drive to Hochschulgut Ruthe
12-1 PM: Lunch
1-5 PM: Visit of Ruthe, a modern university farm for meat and egg production,
Organisation of Infectious Disease Control in Ruthe (Dr. Suerie)


9-12 AM: Dr. Gerdes et al.: Visit of the Mobile Infectious Control Center; Overview of infectious disease control in Germany/EU
12-1 PM: Lunch
1PM: Drive to Masterrind (Insemination (Besamungsstation) Osterkrug 20, 27283 Verden (Aller),
2-4 PM: Drs. Osmers and Rusack: Visit of Masterind. Organisation of Infectious disease control (prevention and treatment)
4-5 PM: Dr. Luebben and staff: Luebben and staff: Animal registration system in Germany/Europe
5 PM: Drive back to Hannover


8 AM: leave to drive to Wahrenholz
9.30 AM-4 PM: Visit a farmer and large animal practitioner (Dr. Surborg) and discuss his role in the control of infectious diseases with him and the state veterinarian

PM: leave to go to Berlin

Saturday/Sunday Visit Berlin (free time)


AM: Drive to Greifswald/Insel Riems
12-1 PM: lunch at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) “the Plum Island of Germany”
1-4 PM: Prof. Mettenleiter and staff: History of the FLI; Visit of laboratories and animal care facilities
4 PM: Attend weekly seminar (infectious disease topic)


9-5 PM: Prof. Mettenleiter and staff: Seminars on infectious disease topics: examples: Foot and Mouth Disease; Avian Influenza, Bluetongue; Eradication of rabies in Germany; African Swine Fever; Hog Cholera; TSE


9-12 AM: Visit of the Riemser Arzneimittel AG. Production of vaccines
12 PM: Drive back to Berlin after visiting the Baltic seashore


All day: Visit of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
• The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and its tasks
• Research at the BfR – presentation of current research projects
• Discussion of various topics (varies from year to year)
Examples: A veterinarian reports about his/her career path and current activities at the BfR
• Nipah and Hendravirus
• Visit of the research farm (on site)
Visit of
• National Reference Laboratory for the Analysis and Testing of Zoonoses (Salmonella)
• National Reference Laboratory antibiotic resistance
• Discovery of novel hepatitis E-like virus in animals
• Visit of the research slaughterhouse (on site)


AM: Visit of the Robert Koch Institute (“the CDC of Germany”)
Prof. Klaus Stark and staff: Discussion of Zoonotic Diseases
PM: Visit of the Berlin Zoo to discuss infectious disease control in a zoo environment


Return to the USA


Prof. Hackbarth: Tieraerztliche Hochschule, Buenteweg, Hannover, Germany

Professor G. Klein, Tieraerztliche Hochschule, Bischofsholer Damm 15 Hannover; Germany

Dr. Ursula Gerdes
Nds. Landesamt für Verbraucherschutz
und Lebensmittelsicherheit
Postfach 39 49

Dr. Osmers
Masterrind GmbH
Osterkrug 20
D – 27283 VERDEN

Dr. Lübben
Vereinigte Informationssysteme
Tierhaltung w.V. (vit)
Heideweg 1
D -27283 VERDEN

Prof. Thomas Mettenleiter
Friedrich Loeffler Institut
Insel Riems

Prof. Hensel
Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung (BfR)
Federal Institute for Risk Assessment
Thielallee 88-92
D-14195 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 18412 1985
Fax: +49 30 18412 3374

Prof. Dr. Klaus Stark
FG 35 (Gastrointestinale Infektionen, Zoonosen, tropische Infektionen)
Abt. Infektionsepidemiologie
Robert Koch-Institut
DGZ-Ring 1
13086 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 18754 3432
Fax +49 30 18754 3533

Tierarztpraxis Dres. Surborg
Betzhorn-Apfelstraße 6
Germany, EU
Tel. +49 5835 268
Fax. +4932223730110