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General information

The internships are an obligatory part of veterinary training and are a prerequisite for admission to the examination. Passing the veterinary examination is in turn a prerequisite for obtaining a veterinary license to practice medicine. The license to practice medicine entitles the holder to practice the veterinary profession in Germany without restrictions. The aim of internships is to prepare students for these professional activities. For this reason, the requirements for the internships are comprehensively formulated in the “Verordnung zur Approbation von Tierärztinnen und Tierärzten” (TAppV) of July 27, 2006 in Section 3 “Der praktische Studienteil”, §§ 54 to 62 and in Annexes 6 to 12 as well as in the “Erste Verordnung zur Änderung der TAppV” of December 20, 2017.

The Landesprüfungsamt für Gesundheitsberufe im Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales Berlin must check compliance with the internship requirements as a prerequisite for admission to the veterinary state examination. The university determines the timing of the internships (§ 54, sentence 2 TAppV). Veterinary Medicine students are therefore subject to strict requirements when completing the internships, which are outlined below. The complete submission of the internship certificates is a prerequisite for final admission to the final veterinary examinations in the 11th semester. All decisions regarding internships and admission to examinations are made by the state examination office.

The work placements are completed outside of the lecture period and, as a rule, on a full-day basis according to the workload and to an appropriate extent on all weekdays in the respective institutions (§ 54, sentence 1 TAppV). Both a minimum number of hours and a minimum number of weeks are specified for the duration of the internships. Both minimum criteria must be met. Depending on the actual working hours per day and the working days per week, the minimum number of hours and the minimum number of weeks are usually reached at different times. If, for example, veterinary work is only carried out half a day at a slaughterhouse, the number of weeks of practical training is extended until the required minimum number of hours is reached. If, when working in veterinary clinics, the required total number of hours is completed before the total number of weeks due to increased weekly working hours, the internship must be continued until the minimum number of weeks is reached. If the required minimum number of hours or minimum number of weeks cannot be achieved due to absences (e.g. illness), these absences must be made up. The latter applies regardless of whether there was a valid reason for the absences (e.g. medical certificate) or not.

Students complete the following internships as part of their studies:

  • Agricultural internship
  • Small curative internship
  • Large curative internship
  • Slaughterhouse internship
  • Hygiene and food testing internship
  • Internship in public veterinary services

Further information on the individual internships, learning objectives, evaluation of the internships and internship certificates can be found in the following sections and in the brochure “Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".