University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation

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University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation
founding 1778
Sponsorship Foundation under public law
place Hanover
state Lower SaxonyLower Saxony Lower Saxony
country GermanyGermany Germany
president Gerhard Greif
Students 2424 WS 2019/20
Employee 949 (WS 2019/20)
including professors 56 (WS 2019/20)
Entrance from Braunschweiger Platz

The University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover ("TiHo") foundation is a foundation university in Lower Saxony . It is the oldest and the only one of the five veterinary medicine training centers in Germany that has retained its independence.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Foundation includes six clinics, 18 institutes, three specialist areas and one affiliated institute. It also has three branches: the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research in Büsum , one in Ruthe in the south of Hanover and one in Bakum near Vechta . Gerhard Greif is its current president.


The University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover was on July 18, 1778 on the instruction of Georg III. founded under the name "Roßarzney School". In doing so, she continued a tradition at court that had previously been established by the stable masters of the Georg-August University in Göttingen at the behest of George II . At first it was housed in the building of an old military bakery in front of the Clevertor . The chief medical officer Johann Adam Kersting, a blacksmith and chief medical officer from Kassel , was the first director of the school from 1778 to 1784. Kersting was assisted by August Conrad Havemann, a stud assistant from Celle . At the time, studying at the Roßarzney School lasted a year, although the students often stayed a second year. Since no previous education was necessary, the students were selected by the director. From around 1814 the subjects of cattle medicine , botany , animal diseases , scientific physics and chemistry were added to the curriculum. August Conrad Havemann was succeeded by Ulrich Friedrich Hausmann as director of the school in 1819 , who headed it until 1846 and made a valuable contribution to the further development of the institution with his work at a time when teaching and research were still taking place under the most difficult conditions. Johann Heinrich Friedrich Günther was director from 1847 to 1858. Scientifically based teaching was introduced under his direction. From 1859 to 1870, Andreas Christian Gerlach was director of the school. He significantly expanded the curriculum and expanded the school space. He was also able to enforce that the secondary school leaving certificate was required as preliminary training for the course.

Under the direction of Karl Dammann , director from 1881 to 1912, the “Royal Veterinary School”, written “Royal Thierarzney School”, was elevated to a university by cabinet order, written “Royal Veterinary University Hanover”. In 1899 the school was relocated to its current location on Bischofsholer Damm, southwest of Braunschweiger Platz . Since 1903, the Abitur has been compulsory as a preliminary education for studies. In 1913 the university received the rector's constitution, which was valid until 2003, with Bernard Malkmus as the first “rector magnificus”. The university acquired full university status in 1910 through the right to confer doctorates and in 1918 through the right to habilitation .

Shortly after the seizure of power by the National Socialists became the University in 1933 to the assembly point for those books that for the purpose of book burning in Hannover at the Bismarcksäule were determined.

In 1953 the university acquired the Westfalenhof on Bünteweg in Kirchrode as its headquarters. From 1969 - for the first time in Germany - there was a two-year postgraduate course, and in 1998 the university was the first in Germany to introduce the internationally recognized PhD degree . Since then, the range of courses has been continuously expanded.

In 2003 the university was converted into a foundation university . There has been a bachelor's degree in biology since 2004 and the master's degree in “Animal Biology and Biomedical Sciences” since 2006. In the 2008/09 winter semester, 1,523 veterinary students were enrolled. There were also 758 doctoral students and 39 master’s students.


Veterinary medicine

The study of veterinary medicine is regulated by the ordinance on the license to practice medicine for veterinarians (TappV). The standard period of study is five years and six months (eleven semesters).

The course is made up of
  • a scientific-theoretical part of four years
  • a practical part of the study (internship in a veterinary practice, animal breeding and husbandry, hygiene control and food monitoring and examination and etc.)
  • the 9th and 10th semester is carried out as a "practical year"
  • the 11th semester is the exam semester
The course includes the following exams
  • Veterinary preliminary examination; to be filed in two sections:
  • Veterinary examination

Other courses

Graduate school

The “Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences Hannover”, founded in 2003 for veterinarians and natural scientists for further scientific qualification, was restructured in 2011 and renamed “Hannover Graduate School for Veterinary Pathobiology, Neuroinfectiology and Translational Medicine” . The three international PhD programs “Veterinary Research and Animal Biology” , “Animal and Zoonotic Infections” and “Systems Neuroscience” , the structured doctoral program of the Center for Systemic Neurosciences (ZSN) , are now under its roof .


Well-known professors (selection)

Other personalities


The research focus of TiHo lies in the areas of infection medicine, clinical research, systemic neurosciences as well as animal health and food quality. Many questions are dealt with in cross-university collaborations or in collaboration with industry. Particularly noteworthy are three special research areas (SFB) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). TiHo is also involved in the “From Regenerative Biology to Reconstructive Therapy” (REBIRTH) cluster of excellence.


In addition to research and teaching, services are among the core tasks of TiHo. Patient care in the six TiHo clinics is supplemented by an outpatient service that focuses primarily on the livestock sector. In addition to patient care, various TiHo facilities offer pathological and laboratory diagnostic examinations of submitted samples. Chemical, biochemical or toxicological analyzes are also carried out. TiHo scientists are available for advice on questions of animal welfare and animal husbandry, especially infection diagnostics.

See also


  • Ernst-Heinrich Lochmann (Ed.): 200 years of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. 1778 - 1978 , presentation of the historical development and today's importance of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Hannover: Schaper, 1978, ISBN 3-7944-0101-8
  • J. Schäffer: 225 Years of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover , Festschrift , 2003
  • Hugo Thielen : University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. In: Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein (eds.) U. a .: City Lexicon Hanover . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2009, ISBN 978-3-89993-662-9 , pp. 622f.

Web links

Commons : Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. [1]
  4. Arnd Krüger : The professors for riding teaching. The beginnings of the organized science of sport, in: Stadion 12/13 (1986/87), 241–252.
  5. a b Library stamp in books, for example: Wilhelm Gottfried Ploucquet: About the main defects of horses. , Tübingen 1790, in the online offer ViFaVet or in the library of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. Accessed November 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Rainer Hoffschildt : The book burning on May 10, 1933. In: Olivia. The hitherto secret history of the taboo homosexuality and the persecution of homosexuals in Hanover . Association for research into the history of homosexuals in Lower Saxony, Hanover 1992, self-published, ISBN 3-9802909-0-5 , pp. 87ff.
  8. The veterinary training
  9. Studies, education / training / further education
  11. ^ Waldemar R. Röhrbein : Beindorff, (4) Martha. In: Stadtlexikon Hannover , p. 55f.

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