Vet Med Students 2011 Study Abroad in Germany

Vet Med Students 2011 Study Abroad in Germany

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  • Words of Thanks to Our Sponsors!

    This study abroad experience would not have been possible without the generous support of these sponsors: Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Nestle Purina Petcare, and the Center for International Business Education and Research at Illinois (CIBER).
  • Day 1: Hannover, May 16, 2011

    After a great breakfast of coffee, croissants, and other goodies, the group headed to the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (or TiHo for short) for a meeting with President Greif. We learned about 2011 World Vet Year, and the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the 1st veterinary school in Lyon, France. TiHo was founded in 1778, and currently boasts over 1,118 staff members and over 1,500 students! Dr. Greif talked to the group about some basic facts concerning veterinary education in Europe, as well as, the importance of learning about the difference and benefits of educational systems internationally.
  • Day 2: Hannover, Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    Schedule of events: Travel to Tierarztliche Hochschule Hannover Stiftung (TIHO) Cattle clinic tour- Dr. Herzog Food Safety lecture- Dr. Krischek Meat inspection tour- Dr. Krischek Legislation of exotic animal products- Dr. Grabowski Applications of molecular-based methods in food science- Dr. Abdulmawjood Tour of TIHOs new small animal hospital
  • Day 3: Hannover, Wednesday May 18, 2011

    *Disclaimer: Description of slaughter house procedures may not be suitable for all. Wednesday morning we visited pig slaughterhouse for Vogler Meat Products. The facility has a 4,400 half pig capacity. Today they are processing 2,200 pigs. About 220-250 pigs can be processed per hour. When we arrived, we had to put on white suits, hair nets, and booties to avoid contamination from the outside environment. Everyone who enters the facility has to wash hands, go through a boot wash and use hand sanitizer.
  • Day 4: Barme and Verden (Aller), Thursday, May 19, 2011

    This morning we set off in our two vans for the Mobile Eradication Center (MEC), a portable infectious disease outbreak investigation unit. On the way we picked up Helmut Surborg, a large animal veterinarian and friend of Dr. Hoenig's. Helmut has arranged the last couple days of the Hannover leg of our trip and he joined us for the tours today.
  • Day 5: Betzhorn (Wahrenholz),Friday, May 20, 2011

    Today, we met Dr. Hemlut Surborg at his practice before we drove further to visit the dairy farm of Helmut Evers in Wahrenholz. Wahrenholz was founded in about the year 900 by a Bishop because it was conveniently located on a river (the Ise River). This small town was about an hour Northeast of Hannover, where we started our day. This farm has been in his family since 1480. His farm had approximately 80 cows and calves (only female calves are kept- males are either sold to farms that would like them for breeding, or to feedlots).
  • Day 6: Berlin, Saturday, May 21, 2011

    I will admit I was intimidated by our free day in Berlin. Each guidebook I read described the various characteristics and noteworthy sites in each of the unique sections of the city in careful detail. Each place held a significance- it was difficult to decide how to optimize my time in the city to truly experience it. In retrospect I feel I did a pretty good job I only hope this blog entry can do the wonderful city and my amazing experience there justice!
  • Day 7: Berlin, Sunday, May 22, 2011

    This was our second day on our own in Berlin. I wanted to see as much of the city as possible within a limited amount of time. After spending the previous days in lectures, I decided I needed a good walk around Berlin. I considered a guided walking tour, but learned they take 6 hours (!). That seemed a bit too much for me, so I compromised with a self guided walking tour I had downloaded from itunes (Berlin Walking Tour- EveryTrail). That way I could walk around at my own pace without rushing to catch up.
  • Day 8: Greifswald, May 23, 2011

    Our day started early with breakfast in Berlin at our hotel Novotel Berlin Mitte. As usual, I fill myself up on Nutella, croissants, sliced fruit, and English Breakfast tea. We load our luggage into the rental vans and are off to Greifswald where we will spend the next two days visiting the Island of Riems.
  • Day 9: Greifswald, May 24, 2011

    Day of lectures at the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute This was our second day at the world-renowned birth place of virology, the Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. The lectures were held in the beautiful library that has several large stain-glass windows that have a wonderful view of the Baltic sea.
  • Day 10: Greifswald: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    Today in Griefswald, we visited RIEMSER Arzneimittel AG, a growing biopharmaceutical company responsible for production of human medical products for skin and infectious disorders as well as of animal vaccines. Professor Wittmann, one of the founders of a museum depicting the history of RIEMSER and previous employee of RIEMSER, spoke with us about the history of RIEMSER Arzneimittel AG and its development. Riemser demerged from the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) (became privatized by the Braun family) in 1992, but they remain sister companies and eternally share the same history.
  • Day 11: Berlin Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Today, we traveled to the Bundesinstitut fr Risikobewertung (BfR). This organization is a federal institute for risk assessment that was established on November 1, 2002. The institutes mission is to identify potential risks, assess them according to scientific criteria and actively contribute to their minimization. There are three locations of the BfR they include: Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin-Marienfelde and Dessau. We visited the Berlin-Marienfelde location where the national reference laboratories are located. Our visit had been organized by Dr. Diana Stoert.
  • Day 12, Berlin, Friday, May 27, 2011

    The schedule for our last day in Germany was to include a visit to the Robert Koch Institute (the CDC of Germany) as well as the Berlin Zoo. However, due to a mass outbreak of food-borne E.coli that had resulted in four deaths within the first week, the Koch Institute was unable to accommodate a visit. As a result, we were given the morning off and Maren and I spent it getting a little extra sleep and going for a run through the area of Berlin surrounding the hotel. It was a lovely morning, bright and sunny with a temperature of about 72 degrees. We quite enjoyed it as it gave us the opportunity to witness typical city life in Berlin as well as discover a few sites that we had not yet seen before such as the Jewish Museum.

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