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External Practical Training (Internships)

In veterinary education, internships constitute the practical part of students’ studies pursuant to the German Veterinary Medical Leicensure Law (Verordnung zur Approbation von Tierärztinnen und Tierärzten – TAppV); this means they are an integral component of studying veterinary medicine.

Students complete the following internships as part of their studies:

  • Agricultural Internship

  • First section of the practical training in the curative veterinary practice (short curative internship)

  • Second section of the practical training in the curative veterinary practice (long curative internship)

  • Practical training in ante-mortem and post-mortem meat inspection

  • Practical training in inspection activities, methods, and technologies for the foodstuffs sector

  • Training in Veterinary Public Health (Veterinary inspection offices)

Further information on extramural internships, learning objectives, evaluation and certification can be found in the brochure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

pursuant to section 23 (1) (3) and para. 2 TAppV

Version A: Compact Internship – Organized by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Duration

2 weeks

Costs

€ 250.00 student contribution

Locations and Dates 2017

Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen (LLH) Eichhof/Bad Hersfeld
  • 04.-15.09.2017

Locations and Dates 2018

   
Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt für Tierzucht und Tierhaltung e.V. Groß Kreutz (near Potsdam)
  • 26.02.-09.03.2018 und
  • 19.03.-29.03.2018
Versuchs- und Bildungszentrum Landwirtschaft
Haus Riswick (Kleve)
  • 12.-23.03.2018
Lehr-, Versuchs- und Fachzentrum für Milchviehhaltung Almesbach (bei Weiden)
  • 19.-29.03.2018
Landesbetrieb Landwirtschaft Hessen (LLH) Eichhof/Bad Hersfeld
  • 05.-16.03.2018
  • 03.-14.09.2018

Version B: Self-organized – at agricultural operations with authorization to engage in training activities

Duration 4 weeks
Costs varies
Conditions
  • Authorization to engage in training activities
  • 2 livestock species, or 2 operations with 1 livestock species each
  • Training agreement
  • Daily reports
  • Internship report – approx. 20 pages

General Information

Organization and Registration

The agricultural internship is coordinated by the Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Contact:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Hinrichs
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Albrecht Daniel Thaer Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences
Department of Crop and Animal Sciences
Division of Animal Husbandry and Technology
10115 Berlin, Invalidenstraße 42 (Ostbau)
Phone: +49 (30) 2093-46859 und 2093-46854
dirk.hinrichs@hu-berlin.de

Coordinator:
Mrs. Marieluise Nasr
Phone: +49 (30) 2093-46859
marieluise.nasr@hu-berlin.de

Learning objectives

For the learning objectives of the agricultural internship, please see the learning objective catalogue.

Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation-forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

First section of the practical training in the curative veterinary practice 
(in short: short curative internship (kleines kuratives Praktikum) pursuant to sections 57(1), 58 and 59 TAppV)

Duration

150 hours within at least 4 weeks, consecutive

Schedule
  • No earlier than after passing the propaedeutic examination (at the end of the 5th semester)

  • No later than before starting clinical rotations (start of the 9th semester)

Recommendation After exams at the end of the 5th (or 6th) semester
Allocation
  • 150 hours within at least 4 weeks at one institution or
  • 75 hours each within at least 2 weeks at 2 different institutions
Institutions Veterinary practice, animal hospital
Requirements

Sections 58 and 59 TAppV

Countries

EU country, other country that is a signatory to the Treaty on the European Economic Area, Switzerland

Documentation

1 to 2 certificates pursuant to Annex 8 and 10 TAppV

Learning Objectives

For the learning objectives of the agricultural internship, please see the learning objective catalogue.

Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation Forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

Further information

For further information please see the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin" and the process description „ Evaluation of extramural practicals”.

Second section of the practical training in the curative veterinary practice (long curative internship)
(in short: long curative internship (großes kuratives Praktikum), sections 57(2), 58 and 59 TAppV)

Duration

700 hours within at least 16 weeks, consecutive per internship institution, taking into account the elective internship (sec. 60 TAppV).

Schedule

Period of clinical rotations during the 9th and 10th semesters (October 1 through September 30 of the next year)

Allocation 1 to 4 different institutions, minimum duration 75 hours within 2 weeks per institution
Institutions Veterinary practice, Veterinary clinic
Requirements Sections 58 and 59 TAppV
Countries Germany; other countries by exception, after proof of equivalence has been provided

Documentation

1 to 4 certificates pursuant to Annex 9 and 10 TAppV

Learning Objectives

For the learning objectives, please see the learning objective catalogue.

Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation Forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

Further information

For further information please see the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin" and the process description „Evaluation of extramural practicals”.

Practical training in ante-mortem and post-mortem meat inspection
(in short: slaughterhouse internship (Schlachthofpraktikum) pursuant to sections 55 (2) and 56 (2) TAppV)

Duration
  • 100 hours within at least 3 weeks, consecutive; cattle and pigs must be slaughtered at the operation;
  • if only one of these two animal species is slaughtered, the participant must shift to an additional operation that slaughters the other animal species, and must do so for a minimum of 30 hours
Schedule

Period of clinical rotations during the 9th and 10th semesters (October 1 through September 30 of the next year)

Recommendation

Period after completing the meat hygiene course at the Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology during clinical rotation

Allocation

1 to 2 institutions

Institution
  • 1 slaughterhouse with cattle and pig slaughtering activities, or

  • 1 slaughterhouse with cattle slaughtering activities and 1 slaughterhouse with pig slaughtering activities

Requirements

Sections 55 (2) and (3) and 56 TAppV

This internship can only be completed at operations that hold EU approval and where full-time official veterinarians are responsible for control activities.

Countries

EU country, other country that is a signatory to the Treaty on the European Economic Area, Switzerland

Slaughterhouse in other countries with EU approval for imports to the EU

Documentation

1 to 2 certificates pursuant to Annex 7 TAppV

Learning Objectives

For the learning objectives, please see the learning objective catalogue.

Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation Forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

Further Information

For further information please see the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin" and the process description „Evaluation of extramural practicals”.

Practical training in inspection activities, methods, and technologies for the foodstuffs sector
(in short: hygiene and food inspection internship (Hygiene- und Lebensmitteluntersuchungspraktikum) pursuant to sections 55 (1) and 56 (1) TAppV)

Duration 75 hours within at least 2 weeks, consecutive
Schedule

Period of clinical rotations during the 9th and 10th semesters (October 1 through September 30 of the next year)

Allocation 1 institution
Institutions

Authority responsible for monitoring the hygiene of slaughterhouses and food operations, or offices responsible for monitoring traffic in foods of animal origin or the corresponding food inspections, or recognized food industry institutions that inspect the quality and harmlessness of foods of animal origin, or relevant university institutions

Requirements Sections 55 (1) and 56 TAppV
Countries

EU country, other country that is a signatory to the Treaty on the European Economic Area, Switzerland

Documentation

1 certificate pursuant to Annex 6 TAppV

Learning Objectives

For the learning objectives, please see the learning objective catalogue.

Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation Forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

Further information

For further information please see the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin" and the process description „Evaluation of extramural practicals”.

Training in Veterinary Public Health (Veterinary inspection offices)
(in short: veterinary medicine internship (Praktikum Veterinärwesen) pursuant to sections 61 and 62 TAppV)

Duration 75 hours within at least 2 weeks, consecutive
Schedule

Period of clinical rotations during the 9th and 10th semesters (October 1 through September 30 of the next year)

Allocation 1 institution
Institution

Veterinary administrative office, field of activities: administrative and regulatory law, organizational and administrative studies

Requirements Sections 61 and 62 TAppV
Countries Germany
Documentation

1 certificate pursuant to Annex 12 TAppV

Learning Objectives

For the learning objectives, please see the learning objective catalogue.

 Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation Forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

Further information

For further information please see the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin" and the process description „Evaluation of extramural practicals”.

Elective Internship
(section 60 TAppV)

Explanation

Part of the long 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 per internship institution, consecutive

Schedule

Period of clinical rotations during the 9th and 10th semesters (October 1 through September 30 of the next year)

Allocation
  • 1 to 2 different institutions,
  • minimum duration: 75 hours within 2 weeks per institution               
Institutions
  • Veterinary practice, veterinary clinic, institute at a university with a natural science/medicine specialization;
  • research institute of the German federal government and the governments of the German states with tasks related to natural science/medicine;
  • veterinary inspection and/or testing institution, veterinary administration office;
  • government animal health service, animal health office, insemination station;
  • scientifically managed zoos;
  • pharmaceutical industry in research, production and testing of medications, food industry in production and inspection of foods of animal origin;
  • feed industry in production and testing of compound feeds
Requirements Section 60 TAppV
Countries Worldwide
Documentation

1 to 2 certificates pursuant to Annex 11 TAppV

Evaluation

Evaluation can be carried out paper based or online. Please submit completed evaluation-forms (paper based) to the Dean’s Office. Evaluation Forms can be found in the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin".

Further information

For further information please see the broschure "Extramurale Praktika im Studiengang Veterinärmedizin" and the process description „Evaluation of extramural practicals”.

Practical training in ante-mortem and post-mortem meat inspection and Practical training in inspection activities, methods, and technologies for the foodstuffs sector

To help students find suitable internship spots, the Institute of Meat Hygiene and Technology provides information on the hygiene and slaughterhouse internship and on specific operations.

List of certified “Veterinary Training Practices” from the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians (bpt)

To ensure the quality of training and education students receive during their programs, the Bundesverband praktizierender Tierärzte (bpt) has joined with students, institutions that provide training and education in veterinary medicine, and the Veterinärmedizinischer Fakultätentag in developing quality standards that a practice is required to meet in order to receive the bpt quality seal as a practice providing veterinary training and education and be included as a recognized practice providing training and education in the list of practices.

Overviews with internship places in the fields of curative practice, university institutions, public authorities, research institutions, the Zoological Gardens and industry of the German Veterinary Medical Society (DVG)

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

For the guide “Arranging the EPT" by the Federal Association of Practicing Veterinarians (bpt), please click here.

As a basic principle, internship certificates in German in accordance with the annexes to the TAppV must be submitted to the examination office. The department’s website offers translations of the internship certificates along with the internship requirements in English, French, and Spanish.

It is recommended that interns have both the foreign-language certificate and the German one signed by the person responsible for the internship.

Students at general higher education institutions or universities of applied sciences complete an internship required pursuant to their study or examination regulations before, during, or after completing their study programs. Internships that are not required, but are completed in connection with a degree program for practical purposes or reasons of expediency, are also conceivable.

In the case of internships completed for a general higher education institution or university of applied sciences, the educational institution does not have any direct influence on the manner in which the internships are conducted or the internship process. Students integrate themselves into the flow of work within the operation during the internship, so they meet the requirements to be considered dependent employees (abhängig Beschäftigte) pursuant to section 2 (1) (1) of the German Code of Social Laws (Sozialgesetzbuch – SGB) VII. It is immaterial in terms of evaluating the internships for purposes of accident insurance law whether the internships are necessarily required pursuant to the study or examination regulations or are completed voluntarily. The party responsible is the accident insurer responsible for the enterprise where the internship is completed (section 133 (1) SGB VII). If a participant engages in practical activity in another country in connection with his or her studies or doctoral candidacy, whether this activity is required or voluntary, there is generally no longer any accident insurance coverage unless the social insurance laws in the host country afford a claim to benefits for these kinds of activities as well.

In summary: If the internship takes place directly within the Department of Veterinary Medicine, you have accident insurance through the university. If it takes place outside the department, you need to be insured through the enterprise where the internship takes place. You need to report this to the relevant accident insurer.

For the learning objectives, please see the learning objective catalogue.

The Department of Veterinary Medicine at Freie Universität Berlin provides its students with catalogues of learning objectives for the extramural internships. These lists encompass important activities that the students should see or perform under supervision as part of their internship.

The lists serve as guidelines for the specific internship for both students and internship supervisors. Because the settings where the internships are performed have different structures and emphases, not all of the learning objectives listed can be achieved during the time allotted for one internship. 

The lists of learning objectives form the basis for the evaluation of internships by students and internship supervisors as required by the EAEVE.

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