Public Health in Germany Study Abroad via University of Illinois

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This program is designed to give students a global perspective on animal welfare, food safety, and infectious disease control. University of Illinois organizes visits to several federal institutes, in addition to private practices, and companies involved in food safety and infectious diseases.
Prototype of our program:

Monday:

9-11 AM: History of the TiHo Hannover, walk through the campus
Meeting with Prof. Dr. Greif (President)/History of the TiHo
11 AM -12 PM: Prof. Hackbarth: Animal Welfare regulations in Germany/EU
12-1 PM: Lunch
1-5 PM: Prof. Hackbarth: Animal Welfare regulations in Germany/EU

Tuesday:

9-11 AM: Prof. Klein and staff: Food Laws and regulations in Germany
11-12 AM: Milk Hygiene
12-1PM: Lunch
1-5 PM: Laboratory examination of meat/milk/eggs

Wednesday:

8-11 AM: Visitation of a slaughterhouse
11 AM: Drive to Hochschulgut Ruthe
12-1 PM: Lunch
1-5 PM: Visit of Ruthe, a modern university farm for meat and egg production,
Organisation of Infectious Disease Control in Ruthe (Dr. Suerie)

Thursday:

9-12 AM: Dr. Gerdes et al.: Visit of the Mobile Infectious Control Center; Overview of infectious disease control in Germany/EU
12-1 PM: Lunch
1PM: Drive to Masterrind (Insemination (Besamungsstation) Osterkrug 20, 27283 Verden (Aller), http://www.masterrind.com/index.php?m=2
2-4 PM: Drs. Osmers and Rusack: Visit of Masterind. Organisation of Infectious disease control (prevention and treatment)
4-5 PM: Dr. Luebben and staff: Luebben and staff: Animal registration system in Germany/Europe http://www.vit.de/
5 PM: Drive back to Hannover

Friday:

8 AM: leave to drive to Wahrenholz
9.30 AM-4 PM: Visit a farmer and large animal practitioner (Dr. Surborg) and discuss his role in the control of infectious diseases with him and the state veterinarian

PM: leave to go to Berlin

Saturday/Sunday Visit Berlin (free time)

Monday:

AM: Drive to Greifswald/Insel Riems
12-1 PM: lunch at the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) “the Plum Island of Germany”
1-4 PM: Prof. Mettenleiter and staff: History of the FLI; Visit of laboratories and animal care facilities
4 PM: Attend weekly seminar (infectious disease topic)

Tuesday:

9-5 PM: Prof. Mettenleiter and staff: Seminars on infectious disease topics: examples: Foot and Mouth Disease; Avian Influenza, Bluetongue; Eradication of rabies in Germany; African Swine Fever; Hog Cholera; TSE

Wednesday:

9-12 AM: Visit of the Riemser Arzneimittel AG. Production of vaccines
12 PM: Drive back to Berlin after visiting the Baltic seashore

Thursday:

All day: Visit of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)
Welcome
• The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and its tasks
• Research at the BfR – presentation of current research projects
• Discussion of various topics (varies from year to year)
Examples: A veterinarian reports about his/her career path and current activities at the BfR
• Nipah and Hendravirus
• Visit of the research farm (on site)
Visit of
• National Reference Laboratory for the Analysis and Testing of Zoonoses (Salmonella)
• National Reference Laboratory antibiotic resistance
• Discovery of novel hepatitis E-like virus in animals
• Visit of the research slaughterhouse (on site)

Friday:

AM: Visit of the Robert Koch Institute (“the CDC of Germany”)
Prof. Klaus Stark and staff: Discussion of Zoonotic Diseases
PM: Visit of the Berlin Zoo to discuss infectious disease control in a zoo environment

Saturday:

Return to the USA
The University of Illinois has funding from private sources to defray part of the cost for this program
active learning on site
active participation which include participation in daily discussions at the different sites
During the week, the student will have at least 12 hours per day of direct supervision by veterinarians
students are housed in hotels
Practice Name:
Public Health in Germany Study Abroad (organized via University of Illnois)
Address:

College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Illinois
Obesity/Metabolism Laboratory
Advisor for International Studies
1008 W Hazelwood Drive, SAC 13
Urbana, IL 61802

217-244-5044
217-244-5044
mhoenig [at] illinois [dot] edu
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Margarethe Hoenig, DVM, PHD
Updated: 01/25/12