Institute for Food Hygiene



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The Institute of Food Hygiene is part of the Centre for Veterinary Public Health of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to our tasks in teaching and research, we offer services for food companies and advanced training courses for veterinarians.

[Translate to English:] Labor. Photo: Institute for Food Hygiene


We offer solutions on a scientific basis for product development, operational problems, food testing, advice on legal issues and the preparation of marketability certificates. For veterinarians, we offer a variety of advanced training courses.

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[Translate to English:] Team. Photo: Gerd Altmann, 2018
Hochdruck-Anlage zur Behandlung von Lebensmitteln, Foto:
Basilikumpflanze im Veterinärmedizinischen Lehrgarten, Foto: Peggy Braun


In accordance with the Veterinary Licensing Ordinance, we teach the specialties of food, dairy and meat hygiene.


Our teaching content and learning objectives are harmonized between German and European veterinary educational institutions, which is unique in the graduation of veterinarians.

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The objective of our research is to ensure a high level of consumer protection. In addition to pathogen-based basic research, our institute has a microbiology-technology-oriented research profile.

Hochdruck-Anlage zur Behandlung von Lebensmitteln, Foto:


Development of new physical decontamination techniques for food to ensure shelf life with high product quality while preserving heat-sensitive ingredients.

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Eine Kuh leckt die Hand einer Frau. Foto: Astrid Gast / Colourbox
Herzgesündere Nutricard-Leberwurst, Foto: Swen Reichhold
Heller Kuhstall mit Rindern.

Publications and Scientific Career


Our institute is located in the southwest of Leipzig, only a few kilometers from the city center. You can reach us comfortably by public transport or also by car.

Institute of Food Hygiene

An den Tierkliniken 1
04103 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97 - 38220
Fax: +49 341 97 - 38249

Das Institut für Lebensmittelhygiene auf dem Campus der Veterinärmedizinischen Fakultät


From the main train station you can reach our facility in about 15 minutes by streetcar line 16 (direction Lößnig). At the exit stop Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German National Library) you can reach us on Semmelweisstraße in approx. 5 minutes on foot in the direction of travel. Our institute is located at the corner of Semmelweisstr./An den Tierkliniken on the left side.

From platform 1 at the main station you can also reach us with all S-Bahn lines. Please leave the S-Bahn at the stop Leipzig-MDR, turn right and you will see our institute at the next street crossing.

By car you can reach Leipzig via the freeways A9 (Berlin - Nürnberg), A 14 (Halle - Dresden) or A 38 (Göttingen - Leipzig).

Please use the parking facilities:

  • directly on the faculty premises (main entrance: street An den Tierkliniken),
  • on the grounds across the street (entrance on the right opposite the main entrance of the faculty, fee required) or
  • on the open-air ground at Deutsches Platz (entrance from Straße des 18. Oktobers, free of charge).

From the airport, take the S-Bahn (line S5/S5X in the direction of Leipzig) to the Leipzig-MDR stop.