This profile line is distinguished by a number of specific research projects:
The Small Animal Clinic, in cooperation with various institutions of the Department of Medicine – Charité – University Medicine Berlin and the Institute of Immunology and Molecular Biology, the Institute of Veterinary Biochemistry, and the Institute of Veterinary Pathology, conducts biochemical, immunological, and histopathological analyses of joint disorders in dogs. The operation of a high-performance multilayer computer tomography system at the Small Animal Clinic, which is part of a cooperative arrangement with the Leibniz-Institute for Zoo and Wild Animal Research (IZW), offers outstanding possibilities for research into joint diseases and disorders. In addition, studies of other diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system (examples: healing of fractures, osteoarthritis) are the focus of research both at the Equine Clinic: Surgery, and Radiology and at the Small Animal Clinic, in cooperation with the Institutes of Veterinary Pathology and Veterinary Biochemistry. The search for new diagnostic markers for diseases such as osteoarthritis in animals including dogs and horses is another important goal of the research conducted in this area. In addition, the Institute of Veterinary Anatomy, the Institute of Veterinary Pathology, and the Small Animal Clinic all examine and analyze how various tumors are caused in domestic animals.