Friedrich - Loeffler - Instiut (FLI)
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Organization/Company: Friedrich – Loeffler – Institut (FLI) , Federal Research Institute for Animal Health

Location: Europe, Germany, Mecklenburg – Western Pomerania


Pathology Environment: Government

Discipline/Field of Study: Anatomic

Length of Externship: Summer Externship (1-3 months duration for students after their 1st or 2nd year)
Junior / Senior Year Externship (4-8 week duration for students in 3rd or 4th year)

Time of Year:

Funding: No

Housing Provided: No (Housing will run $250/month)

Description of Externship:

The Department of Experimental Animal Facilities and Biorisk Management is a central service of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut. It is responsible for the entire experimental animal husbandry of the institute on the island of Riems including the laboratories of pathology and bacteriology. In addition to the licensing office, the department also houses the central services for supply of biological test materials, i.e. the collection of cell lines and the virus strain bank of the FLI. The head of the department also acts as Veterinary Officer for the FLI site Insel Riems and as designated „Biorisk Officer“ overseeing the biorisk management of the FLI and the observance of biosafety and -security regulations. In addition he is the head of the pathology branch of the FLI. The pathology laboratories  provide broad expertise in livestock, poultry, laboratory and small animal as well as zoo including fish pathology and scientific support for the other research groups, investigators and programs of the FLI. Research is mainly focused on pathobiology and mechanisms of viral diseases: characterization of pathogenicity and virulence of infectious agents using histopathological, histochemical, immunohistological and molecular techniques, investigations on the cellular and tissue tropism, the virus-host interactions, including the molecular and immunopathogenesis, development of new diagnostic tools enabling the detection of antigens, nucleic acids and protein signatures (e.g., MALDI imaging) in tissue sections are the main tasks.

Several post-mortem rooms are available for the different levels of biorisk (BSL 2, BSL3**, BSL3 and BSL3ag and starting in 2017 BSL 4 for large animals). Currently, experimental studies are performed on lyssavirus infections and immunoprophylaxis in various carnivore species, avian and porcine influenza, Newcastle disease, classical swine fever and African swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, viral hemorrhagic disease of rabbits, but also on certain notifiable and reportable bee and fish diseases. Research opportunities may be available for the student with a variety of investigators. The laboratory has various self-study aids for gross and histopathology, and postgraduate training in veterinary pathology required for preparation for the board certification exam of the American (ACVP) or European College of Veterinary Pathologists (ECVP) is offered to residents and suitable candidates under the guidance of ACVP or ECVP board certified pathologists, respectively. The extern has a weekly opportunity to participate in pathology training also in the JPC Wednesday Slide Conference.

Low-cost student housing is available on site and arrangements may be made at certain times. More information available at the following website:

Prof. Dr. Jens P. Teifke


Updated: 7/30/16


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