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All COVID-19 related regulations on recognized substitute training for extramural internships have been dropped. In the event of particular personal hardship, please contact the respective internship supervisor personally at an early stage.

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".

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according to §§ 23 para. 1 no. 3 and para. 2 TAppV

General information

Overview

Since 01.02.2022, the organization and coordination of the exercise on agriculture, animal breeding and animal husbandry or the agricultural internship has been carried out by the School of Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin.

According to TAppV, the following two variants exist:

  • Organized exercise on agriculture, animal breeding and animal husbandry on a selected and recognized teaching property
  • Equivalent substitute performance – self-organized internship on farms eligible for training

Please note the detailed information below and in "Rahmenbedingungen zur Planung und Durchführung der Übung über Landwirtschaft, Tierzucht und Tierhaltung bzw. des landwirtschaftlichen Praktikums"

Timing
  • at the end of the 1st semester at the earliest
  • at the latest before admission to the veterinary preliminary examination at the end of the 4th semester
Recommended In the lecture-free period following the 1st semester (later dates are difficult to reconcile with the study and examination schedule)
Requirements § 23 Abs. 1 Nr. 3 & Abs. 2 TAppV
Countries Only Germany. Please note that internships in foreign companies (including EU) can no longer be recognized since July 1, 2017.
Learning objectives The learning objectives of the internship can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program.
Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to

Variante 1: Organized exercise on agriculture, animal breeding and animal husbandry on a selected and recognized teaching property

Coordination Jörg Kotenbeutel (lws-praktikum@vetmed.fu-berlin.de)
Duration 70 hours within 2 consecutive weeks
Costs € 275 personal contribution
Payment / withdrawal refer to "Rahmenbedingungen zur Planung und Durchführung der Übung über Landwirtschaft, Tierzucht und Tierhaltung bzw. des landwirtschaftlichen Praktikums"
Facilities In a selected state agricultural training and research institute:
  • Almesbach (near Weiden, Bayern)
  • Echem (near Lüneburg, Niedersachsen)
  • Eichhof (near Bad Hersfeld, Hessen)
  • Gross Kreutz (near Potsdam, Brandenburg)
  • Haus Riswick (near Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen)
  • Köllitsch (Landkreis Nordsachsen, Sachsen)
Verification After successfully completing the exercise on agriculture, animal breeding and animal husbandry, the agricultural teaching institutions submit the respective internship certificates to the internship coordinator of the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dates to be added

Variante 2: Equivalent substitute performance – self-organized internship on farms eligible for training

Coordination Prof. Rösler (lws-praktikum@vetmed.fu-berlin.de)
Duration 4 weeks
Costs variable (to be agreed independently with the company, to be paid in full by the trainee)
Prerequisites
  • training authorization of the farm (master craftsman's certificate)
  • 2 types of livestock or 2 farms with 1 type of livestock each
  • trainee contract
  • preliminary clarification of eligibility (required documents: brief description of livestock, training authorization, trainee contract), send to: Prof. Rösler (lws-praktikum@vetmed.fu-berlin.de)
  • wait for confirmation of eligibility
Deadlines refer to "Rahmenbedingungen zur Planung und Durchführung der Übung über Landwirtschaft, Tierzucht und Tierhaltung bzw. des landwirtschaftlichen Praktikums"
Breakdown
  • 1 farm with 2 types of livestock (1x monogastric, 1x ruminant) OR
  • 2 farms with one type of livestock each
Verification

Confirmation by the plant manager, daily reports and internship report (approx. 20 pages) should be sent to Prof. Rösler (lws-praktikum@vetmed.fu-berlin.de)

First stage of the extramural, curative internship
(short: kleines kuratives Praktikum gemäß §57(1), §58 und §59 TAppV)

Duration 150 hours within at least 4 weeks
Timing
  • at the earliest after passing the propaedeutic examination (at the end of the 5th semester)
  • at the latest before the start of the clinical rotations (start of the 9th semester)
Recommended After the exams at the end of the 5th (or 6th) semester
Breakdown
  • 150 hours within at least 4 weeks in a facility or
  • 75 hours each within at least 2 weeks in two different facilities
Facilities Veterinary practice, animal clinic
Requirements § 58 and 59 TAppV
Countries EU country, other state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, Switzerland
Verification 1 to 4 certificates according to Annex 9 and 10 TAppV
Learning objectives The learning objectives of the internship can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program.
Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires together with your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to the brochure “Extramural Internships in the Veterinary Medicine degree program” and the process description of the extramural internships.

Second section of the extramural, curative internship
(short: großes kuratives Praktikum §57(2), §58 und §59 TAppV)

Duration 700 hours within at least 16 weeks, alternatively – taking into account the elective internship (§ 60 TAppV) – at least 350 hours within at least 8 weeks
Timing During the clinical rotations in the 9th semester and 10th semester (October 1 to September 30 of the following year)
Breakdown 1 to 4 different facilities, minimum duration 75 hours within 2 weeks per facility
Facilities Veterinary practice, animal clinic
Requirements § 58, 59 TAppV
Countries a) Germany, Austria
b) other countries: Prerequisite for recognition is a positive application with nomination and official invitation from the training company decided by the chairperson of the examination board (regulation valid from 01.09.2020)
Verification 1 to 4 certificates according to Annex 9 and 10 TAppV
Learning objectives The learning objectives of the internship can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program.
Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires together with your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to the brochure “Extramural Internships in the Veterinary Medicine degree program” and the process description of the extramural internships.

Training in slaughter animal and meat inspection
(short: Schlachthofpraktikum gemäß § 55 (2) und § 56 (2) TAppV)

Duration and facilities 100 hours within a total period of at least three weeks on one or two slaughterhouses that slaughter cattle and/or pigs. It is recommended to include both animal species. Practical training in ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection at an authority responsible for ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of poultry in a slaughterhouse can be counted towards the training for a maximum of 30 hours. If the training is divided between two or three slaughterhouses, the periods should be consecutive.
Timing During the clinical rotations in the 9th semester and 10th semester (October 1 to September 30 of the following year)
Recommended After completing the meat hygiene course of the meat hygiene working group of the Institute for Food Safety and Hygiene in the 8th semester
Breakdown 1 to 3 facilities
Requirements § 55 para. 2 and 3 and 56 TAppV. They may only be used on farms that have a license and where full-time official veterinarians are responsible for the inspection activities. For more details see TappV.
Countres EU country, other state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, Switzerland
Verification 1 certificate according to Annex 7 TAppV with up to 3 partial certificates
Learning objectives The learning objectives of the internship can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program.
Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires together with your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to the “Extramural Internships in the Veterinary Medicine degree program” and the process description of the extramural internships.

Training in control activities, methods and techniques for the food sector
(short: Hygiene- und Lebensmitteluntersuchungspraktikum gemäß § 55 (1) und § 56 (1) TAppV)

Duration 75 hours within at least 2 consecutive weeks
Timing During the clinical rotations in the 9th semester and 10th semester (October 1 to September 30 of the following year)
Breakdown 1 facility
Facilities
  • the competent authority for the hygiene supervision of slaughterhouses and food businesses or departments responsible for monitoring the movement of foodstuffs of animal origin or the corresponding food inspection, or
  • recognized institutions of the food industry that test the quality and safety of food of animal origin, or
  • relevant university institutions
Requirements §§ 55 Abs. 1, and 56 TAppV
Countries An EU country, other state party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, Switzerland
Verification 1 certificate according to Annex 6 TAppV
Learning objectives The learning objectives of the internship can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program.
Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires together with your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to the brochure “Extramural Internships in the Veterinary Medicine degree program” and the process description of the extramural internships.

Training in public veterinary services
(short: Praktikum Veterinärwesen gemäß § 61 und § 62TAppV)

Duration 75 hours within at least 2 consecutive weeks
Timing During the clinical rotations in the 9th semester and 10th semester (October 1 to September 30 of the following year)
Breakdown 1 facility
Facilities Department of veterinary administration, area of responsibility administrative and regulatory law, organizational and administrative knowledge
Requirements §§ 61 and 62 TAppV
Countries Germany
Verification 1 certificate according to Annex 12 TAppV
Learning objectives The learning objectives of the internship can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program.
 Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires together with your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to the “Extramural Internships in the Veterinary Medicine degree program” and the process description of the extramural internships.

according to § 60 TAppV

Explanation Part of the large curative internship can alternatively be completed as an elective internship
Duration At least 75 hours within 2 weeks up to a maximum of 350 hours within 8 weeks
Timing During the clinical rotations in the 9th semester and 10th semester (October 1 to September 30 of the following year)
Breakdown
  • 1 to 2 different facilities,
  • minimum duration 75 hours within 2 weeks per institution
Facilities
  • veterinary practice, veterinary clinic, university institute specializing in natural sciences and medicine;
  • federal and state research institute with scientific-medical tasks;
  • veterinary testing facility, office of the veterinary administration;
  • state animal health service, animal health office, insemination station;
  • scientifically managed zoological gardens;
  • pharmaceutical industry in the research, production and testing of medicinal products, food industry in the production and testing of foodstuffs of animal origin;
  • feed industry in the production and testing of compound feeds
Requirements § 60 TAppV
Countries worldwide
Verification 1 to 2 certificates according to Annex 11 TAppV
Evaluation Please hand in the completed questionnaires together with your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine. The questionnaires can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.
Further information For further information on the preparation, implementation, confirmation and evaluation of the internship, please refer to the brochure “Extramural Internships in the Veterinary Medicine degree program” and the process description of the extramural internships.

Hygiene and slaughterhouse internship

To support students in their search for suitable internships, the Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology provides information and contact details of possible internship companies. The information can be found in the Blackboard Community “Course Overviews Veterinary Medicine”.

Note: To go directly to the Blackboard community mentioned above, please first log in to Blackboard at Freie Universität Berlin with your access data and then click on the above link “Course Overviews Veterinary Medicine”.

Quality seal “Veterinary Training Practice” of the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians

To ensure the quality of student training, the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians (bpt), together with students, veterinary training centers and the Veterinary Medicine Faculty Association, has developed quality standards that a practice must meet in order to be awarded the “Veterinary Training Practice” quality seal by the bpt and to be included in the practice directory as a recognized training practice.

Directory of training practices of the German Veterinary Medical Society

The German Veterinary Medical Society (DVG) provides students with an overview of internship sites in the areas of university institutions, authorities, research institutions, zoological gardens and industry.

On the website of the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians (bpt) you will find the guide “The preliminary discussion before an internship”, which contains relevant topics that you should discuss in a preliminary discussion with the internship supervisor before the start of your internship.

The internship agreement can be used to complete a compulsory internship prescribed for students in the Veterinary Medicine degree program in accordance with Sections 54 to 62 and Annexes 6 to 12 of the Ordinance on the Licensing of Veterinarians (TAppV). Alternatively, a corresponding form from the internship location can also be used.

Even though a written contract is not required by law, it is recommended in order to create clarity about the mutual expectations and reliability when carrying out internships.

The internship agreement can be found in the brochure “Extramural Internships in Veterinary Medicine”.

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The German-language internship certificates must be submitted to the Examination Office in accordance with the annexes to the TAppV. Translations of the internship certificates plus the internship requirements in English, French and Spanish are available on the department's homepage.

It is recommended that the person responsible for the internship confirms both the foreign-language and German certificates by signing them.

The FU's central website on the topic of internships abroad is a good source of information and inspiration. In addition to tips and information on planning, carrying out and supporting internships abroad, you will also find reports from other students (e.g. a report from Veterinary Medicine).

Students at general universities or universities of applied sciences complete an internship prescribed in the study or examination regulations either before, during or after completing their studies. Non-prescribed internships that are completed in connection with the course of study for reasons of expediency are also conceivable.

In the case of university or university of applied sciences internships, the university/university of applied sciences has no direct influence on the way in which the internship is carried out or on the course of the internship. During the internship, the students integrate themselves into the work process and therefore fulfill the requirements for dependent employees in accordance with § 2 Para. 1 No. 1 of the German Social Code (SGB) VII. It is irrelevant for the accident insurance assessment of the internships whether they are mandatory in the study or examination regulations or are voluntary. The accident insurance institution responsible for the internship company is responsible (§ 133 Para. 1 SGB VII). If a practical activity must/will be completed abroad in connection with studies or a doctorate, there is generally no longer any accident insurance cover, unless the social insurance law of the host country also provides entitlement to benefits for such activities.

In summary: If the internship takes place directly in the department, you are insured against accidents via the university. If the internship takes place outside the department, you must be insured through the internship company. You must register this with the relevant accident insurance provider.

The School of Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin provides its students with catalogs of learning objectives for the extramural internships, which include important activities that students should see or perform under supervision during their internship. The catalogs of learning objectives serve as guidelines for the respective internship for both the students and the internship supervisors. Due to the different structuring and focus of the internship companies, not all of the listed learning objectives can be achieved during the internship. In order to impart a high proportion of first-day skills, the department recommends that at least 80% of the learning objectives listed for the internship in question be implemented.

The learning objectives of the extramural internships can be found in the general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program. The general catalog for the Veterinary Medicine degree program can be found in the Blackboard Community “Course Overviews Veterinary Medicine”.

Note: To go directly to the Blackboard community mentioned above, please first log in to Blackboard at Freie Universität Berlin with your access data and then click on the above link “Course Overviews Veterinary Medicine”.

The catalogs of learning objectives form the basis for the evaluation of internships by students and internship supervisors as required by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE).

In order to ensure high standards in veterinary training and to improve the achievement of first-day competencies of graduates (ESEVT Day One Compentence), the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) requires European training institutions to establish quality assurance measures - both for intramural teaching at the university and for extramural teaching in the form of internships. The faculty is therefore obliged to have the internships evaluated by both the students and the internship supervisors and, if necessary, to document the activities carried out in the form of a separate logbook (for the slaughterhouse internship, the hygiene and food testing internship and the internship in public veterinary services).

The logbooks and the evaluation forms are a list of possibilities - they give students and trainers on site an overview of what to expect during the internship and what can be taught. They serve as a status check and also as feedback so that content can be dealt with more intensively at the educational institutions. Depending on the internship company, the points listed here may only be partially feasible - which is why it is also possible to divide the sheet into explained/observed/supervised/independently or none of the answers listed.

In the brochure “Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin” you will find the corresponding internship certificates for each internship as well as two questionnaires - one for you and one for the internship supervisor and, if applicable, the corresponding logbook.

Please hand in the completed evaluations together with the completed, signed logbook signed by the training veterinarian and your internship certificate in person at the Library of Veterinary Medicine (Building 6, Oertzenweg 19 b, 14163 Berlin).

TIP: Submit the evaluations as well as the certificates of the various internships promptly after the internship so that the internship certificates can be submitted to the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo) by the internship coordinator in due time.

If you have any questions about the internships, please contact the internship supervisors.

List of internship supervisors