Institute of Veterinary Pathology (WE12)

Address: Robert-von-Ostertag-Str. 15

Building 12
14163 Berlin

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Achim Gruber , Ph.D.
Phone: +49 30 838 62450



The performance profile of the Institute encompasses undergraduate and post graduate education, research and diagnostic service in the broad field of diseases of domestic, farm, zoo and wildlife animals. Undergraduate education covers all aspects of the cause, mechanisms, nomenclature and recognition of animal diseases. Post graduate training in Dr. med. vet.-, DRS-PhD.- and ECVP-programs parallels the research activities of the institute. These encompass the role of CLCA gene products in diseases of the lung and intestine, mechanisms and improved diagnostics of mammary cancer and mast cell tumors in dogs, mechanisms of diseases associated with nanoparticles, mechanisms of innate immunity mechanisms of the lung as well as research on a novel and lethal infectious disease in pigeons. The projects are supported financially by the German Research Foundation as well as other third parties. The Institute also offers diagnostic service for the recognition of diseases and cause of death in carcasses and biopsy samples of all domestic, farm, zoo and wildlife animals.

Teaching profile


Undergraduate teaching in veterinary medicine: Lectures, seminars and practicals on all relevant diseases of domestic, zoo and wild life animals, including general pathology and systematic disease training; microskopical examination of diseased tissues and necropsy practicals

Post graduate training: Focus on research activities of the Institute, paralleled by all subjects of the Dahlem Research School Biomedical Sciences Program

Master course: Toxicopathology in the MS program "Toxicology"

Cont´d professional education: Training of candidates for the German Board College Exam in Veterinary Pathology (Fachtierarzt) and for the status of Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP-certified training center)

Research profile

Current projects


Diagnostic biopsy service and necropsy service for all diseases of domestic, farm, zoo, wildlife and laboratory animals

Digital Scanning of slides for digital telepathology technology