The University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany (TIHO), is the oldest institution for veterinary education of Germany (founded in 1778) and has a long-standing international reputation. More than 100 professors and related scientific teaching staff train 250 undergraduate students in veterinary medicine per year that graduate after 5 years as licensed (“approbated”) veterinarians.
The TIHO institutes that are actively involved in EFFORT are: a) the Field Station for Epidemiology and b) the Institute of Food Quality and Food Safety, which are parts of the TIHO Center for Animal Health and Food Quality coordinating the TIHO activities in veterinary public health.
Prof. Thomas Blaha has graduated in veterinary medicine in 1971 from the University of Leipzig. After several years in the East German Central Institute of Applied Animal Hygiene he was for four years in a veterinary food animal practice before he joined for 10 years the Institute for Bacterial Animal Diseases in Jena. Since 1991 he has been Professor of Epidemiology at TIHO, where he teaches preventive veterinary medicine and pre-harvest food safety. From 1996 to 2001, he was the first holder of the Endowed A.D. Leman Chair in Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Minnesota (USA).