Institute of Poultry Diseases (WE15)

Address: Königsweg 63

Building 31
14163 Berlin

Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Hafez Mohamed Hafez
Phone: +49 30 838 62676



The Institute for Poultry Diseases of the Free University Berlin is concerned with the more than 10000 species in the class Aves (birds). These species comprise food producing animals like broilers, layers, or turkeys and their breeder flocks as well as pet-, zoo-, and wild birds.

The main focus are gross pathological, virological, bacteriological, parasitological, and molecular biological methods for diagnosis of a large number of infectious diseases of poultry, and constantly new methods are developed and offered to veterinarians in the field.

The main focus of research are respiratory diseases of poultry, because viral and bacterial respiratory diseases belong to the most important problems in poultry rearing. Another focus is the histomonosis of turkeys, which has caused considerable economic loss in the last few years. Furthermore in regard of food safety Salmonella and Campylobacter are a topic of research.

In addition to its laboratories the Institute for Poultry Diseases has a clinic for pet birds with X-ray, endoscopy, operation room and rooms for admission of patients.

The Institute for Poultry Diseases organizes international symposiums on turkey production and on turkey diseases. The two meetings take place in yearly change and attract about 200 participants from more than 20 countries.

Teaching profile

The Institute for Poultry Diseases offers for the students of the 8th semester lectures and clinical demonstrations about diseases of poultry and pet-, zoo-, and wild birds. Topics are etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, and prophylaxis of infectious diseases. Further poultry husbandry and keeping conditions of hobby birds as wells as laboratory diagnostic methods are covered. Additionally two facultative courses about immune prophylaxis in poultry and birds and about selected diseases of pet-, zoo-, and wild birds are offered, often with speakers from other institutions.

Further a course over two days is held for students of the 9th and 10th semester, which teaches laboratory methods, post mortem, and propaedeutics by practical exercises und during which a commercial poultry flock is visited.

Research profile

Current projects


A variety of diagnostic methods is offered by the Institute for Poultry Diseases in its laboratory, which since 2005 is certified according to ISO/IEC 17025. These include postmortems on poultry and pet birds, parasitological investigations, bacteriological investigations including detection of salmonella according to EU regulations and resistance testing, virus isolation, detection of antibodies against bacteria and viruses of poultry, and direct detection of pathogens by PCR.

Further owners of diseased pet birds can get appointments for diagnosis and therapy at the pet bird clinic.