The Institute of Veterinary Anatomy

At the institute of Veterinary Anatomy teaching, research and service are overseen by two professorships: one for Anatomy (Professor Mülling, since 2010) and one for Histology and Embryology (Professor Seeger). They are responsible for specific fields and activities within the institute. At the same time they collaborate very closely in research and integrated teaching. Together with the Institute for Veterinary Pathology, the Institute for Veterinary Anatomy is organized within the Department of Pathology and Anatomy. The Department is represented by a spokesperson (currently Professor Schoon from the Institute of Pathology).

The research in anatomy focuses on four areas: functional anatomy and pathogenesis of diseases of hooves of horses as well as claws of cattle and pigs, adult stem cells from the dermal hair papilla of different species, functional and clinical neuro-anatomy and veterinary medical education. Besides these main fields of interest there are studies on specific topics within current projects. Research in histology concentrates on the following areas: functional neuro-anatomic studies on the embryonic development of the brain, histological characterization of the brain of aged dogs, in-vitro studies of angiogenesis and differentiation of the hyaline cartilage as well as light and ultra-structural analysis of paranasal sinuses in the horse.

For undergraduate students the institute offers modern integrated teaching focused on functional and clinical anatomy. We closely collaborate with other preclinical institutes as well as with the clinics of the faculty of veterinary medicine. Our theoretical instruction and practical training in anatomy, histology and embryology is application-oriented. Morphological knowledge is linked directly to clinical cases and problems. Presenting theoretical knowledge in context with its clinical application is the core element of our teaching. The gross anatomical dissection is an essential part of the education of veterinarians in Leipzig because it conveys important manual skills, anatomic knowledge in the context of the body as well as an understanding of three-dimensional relationships of structures and organs. The institute provides its students with a variety of possibilities for individual self-directed learning. A broad spectrum of electronic materials allows the students self-directed preparation and repetition of the material and thus creates the prerequisite and environment for an optimal learning success.