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Studying veterinary medicine has always been your dream. Do you have a very special relationship with animals? You are good with them and the fur noses just love you? As a child you set up an animal care station in your child's room if you found an injured bird or a run-over rabbit while playing outside. You looked after them, nursed them up and then released them back into nature - that was a matter of honor! For as long as you can remember, you have chosen to be a veterinarian and for your environment it is only a matter of time before you, after your veterinary studies, Dr. vet. will call.

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Mice with tumors, dogs with stomach ulcers and horses with broken feet - they all often not only need treatment, they even have to be operated on. While animals with severe, often even internal injuries were previously simply euthanized, there is now a special field for such cases: animal surgery. With a veterinary specialization in this area, you will help animals survive diseases and injuries. Above all, a sure instinct is required, because removing a tumor on a mouse's head is often a precision job.
Unfortunately, despite well-trained veterinarians, there are always deaths in animals, just as in all other living things. Pathology is particularly important in veterinary medicine, as it has to be found out whether the animals died of diseases that could be transmitted to humans, could cause epidemics among animals or even bring about environmental risks. With a veterinary specialization in pathology, you need a strong stomach and shouldn't cry when the dog looks like your own on the table.
Guinea pigs, budgies, dogs, cats, snakes and even iguanas and tarantulas are your everyday life. As a small veterinarian, you are the number one contact for all veterinary emergencies involving pets. Whether in your own practice or on home visits - with the veterinary specialization as a small veterinarian, there are always new orders. From eye infections to worm infestation to molting problems in reptiles, everything is included. Veterinarians need a thick coat, as the patients often fidget and like to bite.
Quarter Horse, Andalusian, Appaloosa, Haflinger, Friesian and Noriker - do you have the right picture in mind of these horse breeds? Have horses always been your greatest hobby? Even if you only discovered your love for horses during your studies, the veterinary specialization as an equine doctor could be just your thing. You help when horse owners do not know what to do next, since horses are often reluctant to be transported, most of the time by car on house calls. Diseases such as equine influenza, sagging coffin bone and colic are becoming your daily specialist jargon in the equine profession.

Did you already know, that...

... the Berlin Small Animal Clinic can be seen regularly in the program “Menschen, Tiere & Doctors”?

... many more women than men study veterinary medicine? To be more precise, it's a total of 84 percent.

... the logo of veterinarians is the staff of Aesculapius? The symbol is a snake wrapped around a staff. You've probably seen it on a veterinary office sign before.

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The study of veterinary medicine is very practice-oriented. In addition to the usual lectures, which make up the theoretical part, there are also numerous internships for the students on the compulsory program. This includes, for example, 70 hours in agriculture and animal breeding, a total of 850 hours in a veterinary practice and 75 hours in the field of public veterinary services. In addition, you should work 100 hours in the operation of an ante-mortem and meat inspection. You have time for these internships in the fifth year of study, which is considered an internship year. As you can see, as a veterinary student you have a good balance between theory and practice.

You spend most of your time with ...

  • ... practical training in various internships.
  • ... learning the basics of natural sciences (pre-physics).
  • ... the Physikum (anatomy, histonomy ...).
  • ... food hygiene.
  • ... clinical rotations. The students are divided into small groups.

Examples of lectures & seminars

  • - Internal Medicine
  • - General pathology
  • - animal breeding
  • - genetics
  • - toxicology

Possible master’s degree programs

Veterinary Medicine - Small Animal Science - Equine Science - Laboratory Animal Science

Tips for beginners

1. Don't panic:

Don't be put off by a jam-packed timetable for studying veterinary medicine! After all, it was designed to be doable. At first glance, the many courses are certainly a shock, but always keep in mind that many others have already completed the quota before you. You will gradually get used to everyday student life and will miss it as soon as it is over. Bets ?!

2. Form learning groups:

The clinical rotations take place in groups. If possible, find motivated fellow students. It's not fun in the long run and is exhausting to work with unmotivated fellow students. Studying is also easier when you meet like-minded people. Learning together is also easier when you are on the same level.

3. First come, first served:

If you are interested in a semester abroad, it is best to do it as early as possible. The seats are mostly coveted and first come, first served. Find out which university abroad your university cooperates with and who is responsible for the exchange. Usually there are information events about it once a year. If not, meet the professor in charge and tell him about your plans, so he'll have you on his screen when the time comes.

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