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Institute of Poultry Diseases (WE15)

Institute of Poultry Diseases

Institute of Poultry Diseases

Address: Königsweg 63

Building 31
14163 Berlin

Acting Director: Dr. Dörte Lüschow
Phone: +49 30 838 62676
Mail: gefluegelkrankheiten@vetmed.fu-berlin.de


The Institute of Poultry Diseases at Freie Universität Berlin is responsible for the more than 10,000 bird species that are grouped in the Aves (birds) class. These species comprise food-producing animals like broilers, layers, or turkeys and their breeder flocks, as well as pet-, zoo-, and wild birds.

The main focus of our work is the diagnosis of a wide range of poultry infectious diseases by gross pathological, virological, bacteriological, parasitological, and molecular examinations.

A focus of research lies on the investigation of various viral and bacterial respiratory pathogens of poultry.

Further research projects deal with questions concerning antibiotic-resistant microorganisms as well as animal welfare aspects.

In addition to the various accredited laboratory divisions, the Institute of Poultry Diseases has a division for backyard poultry and ornamental birds

Teaching profile

The Institute of Poultry Diseases offers students of the eighth semester lectures and clinical demonstrations on diseases of poultry, ornamental, zoo-, and wild birds. The main topics are aetiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, therapy, and prophylaxis of infectious diseases, the management of commercial poultry and ornamental birds as well as laboratory diagnostic methods. Students can choose elective courses to deepen their knowledge of selected topics, to which external lecturers are invited as well. Further, a two-day course is held for ninth and tenth semester students in the context of clinical rotation, in which propaedeutics, laboratory diagnostic methods and necropsy is practiced, and a poultry farm (e.g. egg laying hens) in the surrounding area of Berlin is visited.

Research profile

Find current research project in the PubDB.


The laboratory divisions are certified according to standards of ISO/IEC 17025 since 2005. A variety of laboratory diagnostic methods is offered to identify the cause of poultry diseases. These comprise parasitological and bacteriological investigations, including salmonella detection in accordance with the EU regulations and resistance testing; virus isolation; molecular biological investigations for the detection and typing of various pathogens; and the testing of serum samples for antibodies against bacterial and viral pathogens.

The division for backyard poultry and ornamental birds is dedicated to the diagnosis, therapy, and prophylaxis of privately kept birds. The facilities include an X-ray, endoscopy, operating room, and stables for stationary patients.