The Institute of Bacteriology and Mycology regularly organises various ATF-approved training events for veterinarians. In addition, we also offer the opportunity to absolve the apprenticeship as veterinary specialist for bacteriology and mycology at our institute.

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Once a week, current publications on research-relevant topics are presented in the infectious disease literature seminar, so called journal club. Photo: #1354, Colourbox

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Journal Club of the Institute will be held as a webinar from April 2020 until further notice. Veterinarians can participate in the event after registration via the secretariat of the Institute. They will then be sent access by e-mail.

Advanced Training

Our institute regularly participates in training events for veterinarians, in particular veterinary specialists for pigs and veterinary specialists for bacteriology and mycology. All events are recognised by the Academy for Veterinary Training (ATF). Interested guests can participate in the events after consultation with the head of the institute. Current training events will be announced on this page.

The Literature Seminar on Infection Medicine serves to further train the scientific staff. The seminar takes place weekly and lasts about 1 hour. You will find an overview of the current topics in our Seminar Plan.

Prof. Christoph G. Baums is a member of the veterinary training association "Pork and Talk". The group meets once a year and discusses various topics related to pig farming.

Upcoming Events

  • Sustainable and animal-friendly husbandry systems in pig farming – Wels, Austria,11. and 12. March 2022  ► Program

Previous Events

  • Influenza A and Streptococcus suis in pigs, zoom meeting 26.3.2021► Program
  • Chlamydia and fertility disorders in pigs – Leipzig, 9.11.2018 ► Program
  • Pig farming in Switzerland: management of animal health and welfare – Zürich, 26. und 27.03.2017 ► Program

  • Animal welfare and consumer will - where do we go in pig farming? – Düsseldorf, 20. & 21.05.2016 ► Program


Our institute organises excursions in the field of infectious medicine, which are accredited particularly as further training events for the qualification as a veterinary specialist for bacteriology and mycology. The excursions deal with an infectious medicine topic in a theoretical seminar and a laboratory excursion. The number of participants for the practical part is limited.

Upcoming Event

Currently no events

Previous Events

  • "Infectious disease excursion to the State Office for Consumer Protection Thuringia", State Office for Consumer Protection Thuringia, 07.11.2019, PROGRAMME AND INFORMATION
  • "From the diagnosis of stock problems to the production of stock-specific vaccines" , Vaxxinova GmbH Leipzig, 12.07.2017
  • "Special Features in Mycobacteria Diagnostics and Epidemiology", University Hospital Leipzig, Medical Microbiology and Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, 13. – 14.03.2017

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The learning of microbiological methods for the detection of infectious diseases by bacteria and fungi is an essential part of the training as a veterinary specialist for bacteriology and mycology. Photo: Roman Rvachov /…

Further training as a veterinary specialist for bacteriology and mycology

Further training as a veterinary specialist can only be completed by approved veterinarians and carried out in 34 specialist areas. After the successful completion of the further training, the recognition for the use of a veterinary specialist title by the Saxon State Veterinary Chamber takes place. Prof. Christoph G. Baums and Prof. Wieland Schrödl, veterinary specialists for bacteriology and mycology, are authorised to carry out the veterinary specialist training in bacteriology and mycology and to conduct a final examination. Further information, such as the German Further Training Regulations (WBO) and application forms can be found on the website of the Saxon State Chamber of Veterinarians (TÄK Sachsen).

Basics of training (excerpt from the WBO of the TÄK Saxony)

The aim of the training is to provide approved veterinarians with detailed knowledge and experience in bacteriology and mycology through theoretical and practical instructions under the guidance of authorised veterinary specialists for bacteriology and mycology within the scope of their veterinary activities. The veterinary specialist training in general serves to ensure the quality of veterinary professional practice.

The scope of duties in the veterinary specialist training bacteriology and mycology includes diagnostics, quality control, hygiene consulting and research in the fields of bacteriology and mycology.

You can credit up to half of the training period, if you worked as:

  • Veterinary specialist in epidemiology, animal and environmental hygiene for 12 months or
  • Veterinarian with the additional title Animal Health and Animal Disease Management, Molecular Biology for 6 months
  • Activity at the institutions mentioned under V.1., 2. or 4.; Activities in Applied Bacteriology and Mycology after V. 3. can be counted up to 1 year.
  • Participation in accredited ATF training events or congresses or training courses in the field accepted as equivalent by the Chamber with a total of 80 hours. Comparable events in Germany and abroad may be recognised.
  • Submission of the doctoral certificate and one publication in accordance with section 8, paragraph 13 of the continuing training regulations or three publications in accordance with section 8, paragraph 13 of the continuing training regulations.
  1. Taxonomy, structure, metabolism, genetic coding and regulation of virulence factors in bacteria and fungi
  2. Effect of essential bacterial toxins and mycotoxins in animal carcasses
  3. Basics of nutrient preparation and its quality assurance
  4. Basics of direct and indirect bacteriological and mycological examination methods and working techniques including cultural, bacterioscopic, molecular and immunological techniques as well as basics of resistance determination in bacteria and fungi.
  5. Epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology, diagnosis and control (therapy, hygiene measures, prophylaxis) of diseases caused by bacteria and fungi including their toxins in farm animals, small domestic and pet animals and laboratory animals including zoonoses. Particular attention shall be paid to notifiable animal diseases and diseases subject to notification, food-borne infectious agents and intoxicants.
  6. Microbiological methods for the detection of infectious diseases caused by bacteria and fungi in livestock herds and for the systematic monitoring of herd health (herd diagnostics)
  7. Possibilities and limits of infection prophylaxis (vaccines, disinfectants, prebiotics, probiotics) and the use of antimicrobial agents
  8. Laboratory organisation, quality assurance in the laboratory
  9. Relevant provisions on health and safety at work, laboratory safety, prevention of laboratory infections, prevention of the spread of animal disease agents
  10. Performance of animal experiments, including alternative and replacement methods, animal welfare
  11. Relevant legal regulations, in particular Infection Protection Act, Animal Diseases Act, Animal Welfare Act
  1. Relevant institutes of veterinary education or other equivalent research institutes
  2. Microbiological Departments in State Investigation Institutes
  3. Activities at other state, municipal or private microbiological, pathological-anatomical, physiological-chemical or pharmacological institutes and laboratories
  4. Other national and international institutions with a comparable field of activity

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