Within the Department of Veterinary Medicine, 15 academic and scientific institutes and five clinics train future veterinarians, applying a hands-on approach in a research-oriented environment. Other units belonging to the department include the Dean’s Office, the Department Administration, the Veterinary Medicine Library, the IT Department, and the joint instruction and research initiative, currently undertaken by four institutes within the department, on the establishment of Postgraduate Studies in International Animal Health (Veterinary Public Health). The new “Veterinarium Progressum” continuing education center, which opened in 2007 at the Düppel campus in the leafy southwest of Berlin, offers the perfect space for continuing education, conferences, and meetings.
Of the five sites of training in veterinary medicine in Germany, Berlin can look back on a unique history of veterinary medicine stretching back to the founding of the original school (then a faculty) in 1790. In 1992, the Fusionsgesetz (Merger Act) passed by the Berlin Senate combined the faculties of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, in their traditional location at the “Trichinentempel” building in central Berlin, and those of Freie Universität Berlin, which has its institutes and clinics located on the spacious grounds of the former Düppel estate as well as the buildings in Dahlem, under the auspices of Freie Universität.
Teaching and research activities within the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin benefit from the large number of academic and scientific institutions clustered in Berlin and Brandenburg. The department’s faculty and researchers work closely with institutions of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the Department of Medicine – Charité – University Medicine Berlin, and the University of Potsdam. They conduct joint research projects with non-university-affiliated research institutions in Berlin and with German federal institutions. Noteworthy examples of regional cooperative research partners include:
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On an international level, the department maintains global ties through a number of different cooperative research projects and initiatives and agreements with other universities. For example, there are currently ongoing cooperative agreements and scientific collaboration arrangements with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Austria); Kasetsart University in Bangkok (Thailand); the University of Concepción (UdeC) in Chile; the University of Brno (Czech Republic); and Cornell University in the United States.
Alongside internationally renowned research institutions, Berlin also offers students and practitioners of veterinary medicine a large field of activities in veterinary medicine (e.g., for domestic animals), animal welfare, consumer protection, biotechnology, and the pharmaceuticals industry, but also for the veterinary and agricultural needs of the surrounding rural areas. The department’s physical proximity to the seat of government, with the ministries, federal agencies, and associations, is extremely important when it comes to national and European questions and issues of consumer protection in public veterinary practice.