More than 200 years of history have passed between the founding of the Pharmaceutical Veterinary School ("Tierarzneischule") in Dresden and today's Institute for Food Hygiene. Here are a few highlights from this time.

History of the institute

  • 2016
    Re-accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025
  • 2011
    Re-accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005
  • 2011
    Appointment of Prof. P. G. Braun to the Professorship of Food Hygiene and Consumer Protection ("Lebensmittelhygiene und Verbraucherschutz") and handover of the Institute's management
  • 2005
    Re-accreditation in accordance with DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025
  • 2003
    Appointment of PD P. G. Braun to the lectureship for Dairy Hygiene
  • 2002
    Relocation to the Institute's new building
  • 2000
    Accreditation of the Institute's Service Laboratories in accordance with DIN EN 45001
  • 2000
    Appointment of Prof. E. Lücker to the Professorship for Meat Hygiene
  • 1999
    Planned new Institute building
  • 1994
    Appointment of Prof. Fehlhaber as Institute Director
  • 1993
    Introduction of specialized veterinary training courses for food and meat hygiene
  • 1992
    Reappointment of Prof. K. Fehlhaber to the newly named Professorship for Food Hygiene and Consumer Protection ("Lebensmittelhygiene und Verbraucherschutz")
  • 1992
    Creation of the Professorship for "Meat Hygiene" ("Fleischhygiene"), appointment of Prof. E. Scharner
  • 1 July 1990
    Reestablishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, renaming of the "Scientific Department of Food Hygiene" ("Wissenschaftsbereiches Lebensmittelhygiene") to the "Institute of Food Hygiene" ("Institut für Lebensmittelhygiene"), (creation of the status of an independent institute with extensive economic and administrative sovereignty)
  • 1987
    Establishment of an Extraordinary Professorship, held by Prof. P. Janetschke until 1992.
  • 1985
    Name change to "Scientific Department of Food Hygiene" ("Wissenschaftsbereich Lebensmittelhygiene") and appointment of Prof. K. Fehlhaber
  • Mid 80s
    Concentration of research activities on microbiological issues (objectification of bacteriological meat inspection, detection methods for enterotoxins), numerous services in the field of food testing
  • 09/1978
    Name change to " Scientific Division of Food Hygiene and Technology" ("Wissenschaftsbereich Lebensmittelhygiene und -technologie"), promotion of working agreements on the basis of friendship contracts with foreign partner institutions, especially in Brno, Budapest, Moscow and Wroclaw, exchange of scientists and working visits, processing of research topics based on division of labor.
  • 3 January 1975
    Introduction of the new examination regulations: university degree compulsorily linked to the acquisition of the academic degree of "Diplomveterinärmediziner" (graduate veterinary surgeon)
  • 20 May 1970
    "Arrangement for specialization as a specialist veterinarian for hygiene in the foodstuffs industry" on the implementation of postgraduate studies for further training as a specialist veterinarian at the universities and colleges of the GDR
  • 1968

    3. university reform: founding of the Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine Section by merging the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine with the Faculty of Agriculture with training in the fields of study of animal production, veterinary medicine and agricultural pedagogy; new teaching content due to the state-enforced socialist development of agriculture (creation of cooperatively managed farms or large-scale farms): Supply of the population with foodstuffs that are harmless to health and of high nutritional quality, prevention of harm to human health from animal products and raw materials, and the development of veterinary hygiene border surveillance; increase in training hours from 130 (1969/70) to 220 (1973/74)

  • since 1967
    Preparation of state examination theses, which were replaced by diploma theses in 1970

  • 1 September 1957
    Prof. W. Leistner takes over the institute; expansion of cooperation with practical farms, close ties with the Leipzig abattoir, the Institute for Meat Management in Magdeburg and agricultural production companies in the Leipzig district
  • 1957
    Retirement of Prof. Ketz for age-related reasons
  • 1955
    Renewed change of name to "Institute for Food Hygiene"
  • 1950
    2nd reform of higher education; beginning of the socialist development of higher and technical education, introduction of new curricula (introduction of the 5-year study program -10 semesters-, excursions and internships), incorporation of animal welfare issues and lectures on the history of veterinary medicine into the educational program at the suggestion of Prof. Dr. A. Ketz
  • 1950
    Renewed spatial and personnel separation of the Veterinary Hygiene Institute, new objective: prevention of health hazards to humans from food originating from animals
  • 1949
    Appointment of Prof. A. Ketz from Berlin
  • 11 February 1946
    Commencement of teaching and study operations according to SMAD Order No. 12/46 on the basis of Allied Control Council Law No. 25 (prohibition of research for military purposes, demand for systematic stabilization of scientific institutes)
  • 11/1945
    Removal of Prof. K. Schmidt from his official duties due to his former NSDAP affiliation, retention as assistant and efforts to rebuild the Institute; provisional management by Prof. J. Schmidt, Director of the Medical University Animal Clinic.
  • 10/1945
    1. higher education reform with fundamental renewal of educational content
  • 1943   -1945
    60 percent of the building structures destroyed by air raids, incorporation of the destroyed Veterinary Hygiene and Epizootics Institute into the Food Hygiene Institute
  • 1938
    Renamed "Institute for Veterinary Food Science", moved to the faculty complex on Kärntnerstraße (today Margarete-Blank-Straße), foundations for in-depth food monitoring and food hygiene training were laid with the new development of legally valid regulations in Germany, e.g.: Food Act of 05.07.1927, Milk Act of 31.07.1930, Meat Inspection Act of 29.10.1940.
  • 1 October 1935
    Institute for Animal Food Science becomes independent, the remaining Animal Disease Institute merges with the Veterinary Hygiene Institute. Appointment of Prof. K. Schmidt, previously director of the Dresden abattoir, to take over lectures and exercises in ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection, in the examination of animal foodstuffs, and in dairy science and dairy farming
  • 1932
    Appointment of M. Hafemann (director of the Leipzig abattoir) as honorary professor for special abattoir management theory
  • Winter semester 1923/24

    Opening of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Leipzig; takeover of the meat inspection department by the director of the University's Veterinary Institute, Prof. A. Eber; the Veterinary Institute he had previously headed was taken over under the name of Tierseucheninstitut (Institute of Epizootics) and expanded by the affiliation of the Institut für tierische Nahrungsmittelkunde (Institute of Animal Food Science). Dairy science at the Veterinary Hygiene Institute was taken over by Prof. M. Klimmer and private lecturer Dr. H. Haupt, who was appointed a.o. professor in 1925

  • 31 July 1923
    Dissolution of the University of Veterinary Medicine at the Dresden site
  • 1914
    Teaching assignment for food control to Dr. G. Illing, at that time official veterinarian at the Dresden slaughterhouse
  • 1902
    Lectureship for dairy science and more to Dr. M. Klimmer
  • 1899
    Appointment of Dr. R. Edelmann as Professor of Meat Inspection
  • 1892
    Creation of the Chair of Meat Inspection under the direction of Dr. R. Edelmann
  • 06/1889
  • Promotion of the veterinary school to a university by the Saxon government to celebrate the 800-year reign of the House of Wettin
  • 1886
    Meat inspection in the curriculum for the first time, training of older semesters in practical meat inspection at slaughterhouses, horse slaughterhouses and in the veterinary police service
  • 1780
    Conversion to a state school
  • 1774
    Founding of the Dresden Veterinary School as a private school and the first teaching institution of its kind in Germany by Chief Veterinary Physician ("Oberroßarzt") Weber

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