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Texas A&M University

May - June

It was in Europe during the late 18th to the early 20th centuries that modern concepts and practices in both human and veterinary medicine developed, practices that were transplanted to the U.S. and Canada beginning in the early part of the 19th century. Our medical and veterinary medical schools and systems are derived from these European antecedents. The early practitioners of modern veterinary medicine in the U.S. were trained in Europe (initially mostly in France and Germany) and we are living with both the positive and negative consequences of these facts to this day.

Like almost everything else, veterinary medicine in the 21st century will by necessity become an international enterprise. Globalization, in all of its many facets, will impact American veterinarians in some ways that we can now predict and in others that are at this time completely obscure.

This program provides students with the opportunity to see and learn how veterinary medicine is taught and practiced in several European countries and highlights the similarities and differences in the veterinary working and research environment between the United States and Europe. Students will have the opportunity to live and work with their counterparts at several European veterinary schools as well as be exposed to state-of-the-art research and clinical practices.


  • VTTP 948: Veterinary Medicine in Europe: Past, Present, and Future (4 hr)


BonnThe Program will take place in Bonn at Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB), our host  institution.

Bonn is virtually synonymous for modern Germany and German lifestyle. Set in the beautiful Rhine valley between the mountain ranges of the Siebengebirge and the Eifel, Bonn enjoys a rich heritage from its 2,000-year history. Baroque royal seat of the former princes elector, site of a major university and the birthplace of Beethoven - Bonn is naturally committed to the arts.

Visitors are often pleasantly surprised by the contrasts between magnificent historical buildings, small village charm, cosmopolitan urban life and high-quality cultural attractions.

Read more about Bonn!


The proposed program schedule will provide students with the opportunity to interact with veterinary students, professors, and researchers via field trips for example to the following locations:

  • Bonn: Animal shelter, Center of Integrated Dairy Research
  • Cologne: Cologne zoo
  • Hannover: Cattle clinic at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Teaching and Research Farm, Stallion testing center and Hannover zoo
  • Celle: Lower Saxony State Warmblood Horse Stud
  • Büsum: Mudflat hike (UNESCO World Heritage), Aquatic Wildlife Center, Seal Center
  • Berlin: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, and the Berlin zoo
  • Utrecht, The Netherlands: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine


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All Study Abroad programs require a minimum 2.0 GPR & good academic standing:

  • Must have a 3.0 GPR and good academic standing
  • Must attend orientation classes during the Spring 2016 semester
  • Students completing their first or second year at the veterinary school only (V1 and V2)
  • Students must attend all Study Abroad program-specific meeting(s)


Funding is available in many forms. For information on fees & funding opportunities, please contact your study abroad office or the AIB program coordinator.


For all program-related questions please feel free to contact your AIB program coordinator:

VCard Helen Koch Program Coodinator, B.A.

Main Line Main Line: +49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 20
Direct Line Direct Line: +49 (0) 228 - 33 88 39 - 39
Fax Fax: +49 (0) 228 - 180 10 57
E-Mail helen.koch@aib-studyabroad.org


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