About The Unit

The unit International Animal Health is the executing institution for all international postgraduate training programmes at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Why ‘International Animal Health’?

Since the past few decades, the veterinary profession world-wide is confronted with major changes and constraints: rapid intensification of livestock production systems are challenging the profession, food safety and export regulations are becoming increasingly strict due to the globalisation of international trade, emerging transboundary diseases pose unknown threats, animal-environment interactions  are aggravated by production practices and calls are out for a `one health´ strategy to bring domestic animal, human, environmental and wildlife sectors together for a coordinated approach to improving and protecting human and animal health.

As these developments go beyond individual countries and the traditional toolset of the veterinary profession, a new, active international animal health perspective and strategy, including training, is needed. The role of veterinarians as leaders at the local, state, national, and international levels demands that they be trained to address, facilitate, and monitor the new `international animal health´ priorities.

International Animal Health by its Postgraduate Studies concentrates on such training.

Apart from postgraduate academic training, International Animal Health is involved in various collaborations and ongoing projects with partners all over the world like:

  • ILRI (International Livestock Research Institute) and BMZ (Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation) Project  “Safe Food – Fair Food”  for Africa  (http://safefoodfairfood.wordpress.com/); see also fact sheet
  • Veterinaires Sans Frontieres (VSF) Germany (Tierärzte Ohne Grenzen http://www.vsfg.org/) with its projects in Eastern Africa (Southern Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Somaliland, Puntland,  Kenya).
  • EU and GIZ funded projects in the field of animal health and production in Africa (a.o. Sudan).