Qualification is particularly important in biomedical professions. Academics from the fields of veterinary medicine, medicine and natural sciences who are active in the field of immunology, both clinically and diagnostically or in the basic sciences, can further their education in this field at the Institute of Immunology. If you are interested, please contact us.

The Institute of Immunology is authorized by the Saxonian Chamber of Veterinarians and the Society of Immunology (DGfI) to train specialized veterinarians in immunology and specialized immunologists.

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Specialization at the Institute for Immunology, Photo: Colourbox

Qualifications in Immunology

Immunological processes play an important role in the healthy organism and especially in many diseases. The latest findings in this field are of particular importance for clinical and basic research. The correct understanding of these processes can have an influence on therapies and help to classify observed immune reactions. In Saxony there is a training to become a veterinary specialist in immunology. On the other hand, there is no corresponding specialisation for physicians and immunologically active natural scientists, so the German Society for Immunology (DGfI) has developed an advanced training programme, which can be used to obtain the certificate of specialist immunologist DGfI.

Nationwide, we are one of the 27 institutes that offers further training as a specialist immunologist DGfI and specialist veterinary training in immunology.

Specialist Veterinarian Immunology (Chamber of Veterinarians Saxony)

Prof. Dr. Alber, Director of the Institute of Immunology and Specialist Immunologist DGfI, is authorized to carry out the special veterinary training in immunology and to conduct a final examination. The training can only be completed by licensed veterinarians. For further information, please also contact the Saxon Chamber of Veterinarians.

Specialist veterinarian for immunology

I. Area of responsibility

Research: basic research, development work or applied research in all areas of immunology and its practical application, development of in vitro methods to replace animal experiments.
Diagnostics: Investigations on the immune status and its evaluation in individual animals and in animal populations; immunological, serological and molecular-biological diagnostics of infectious diseases, immunodeficiencies and pathological immune reactions; influence of genetic causes as well as husbandry, nutritional and treatment measures on the immune system.
Clinic: Detection, prevention and treatment of immunologically induced and influenced diseases in animals
Application: Development and production of vaccines, immunodiagnostics, immunoprophylactics and immunotherapeutics

II. Training period (4 years)

Up to half of the training period can be credited:
- Specialist veterinary work in microbiology (bacteriology and mycology) 24 months
- Specialist veterinarian for internal medicine, pathology, pharmacology and toxicology, physiology 12 months
- Veterinarian activity with the additional title Dermatology 6 months
The recognition as specialist veterinarian for immunology receives on application who has the recognition as specialist immunologist of the German Society for Immunology as a veterinarian, if he proves the achievements according to III.B. and III.C. as well as IV.

III. further education course

Activity at one of the institutions mentioned under V.1.-4.

Participation in ATF-recognised advanced training events or specialist congresses or advanced training courses in the specialist field recognised as equivalent by the Chamber with a total of 80 hours. Comparable events at home and abroad may be recognised.

C. Submission of the doctoral certificate and a publication in accordance with § 8 Para. 13 of the continuing education regulations or of three publications in accordance with § 8 Para. 13 of the continuing education regulations.

IV. Subjects

1. structure, physiological mode of action and regulation of the immune system
2. clinical immunology including immunotherapy, immunoprophylaxis, infection immunology, allergies, autoimmune diseases, immunodeficiencies, tumor immunology, transplantation immunology, immunopharmacology and immunotoxicology
3. immunogenetics, reproductive immunology, neuroimmunology, immunobiotechnology
4.immunodiagnostics: concepts for testing immune parameters and immune mechanisms in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro. This includes important immunological methods (e.g. immunization, serology, cytology, immunochemistry) as well as important immunological techniques (immunofluorescence and immunoenzyme methods, radioimmunotechnology, lymphocyte transformation tests, antibody isolation, etc.).

V. Training centres

1. relevant institutions of veterinary education or other equivalent research institutes
2. immunodiagnostic and/or serological and microbiological departments of veterinary or animal health offices and the State Institute for Public Health and Veterinary Medicine
3. veterinary clinics and practices or laboratories with an immunological focus
4. other domestic and foreign institutions with a comparable field of activity
5. training centres with specialist departments for biochemistry, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, toxicology, serology or internal medicine for a period of up to one year

Specialist immunologist (DGfI)

Immunologically active scientists who are not veterinarians have been able to train as specialist immunologists since 2002. The German Society for Specialist Immunology (DGfI) recognizes our institution as an institute authorized for further training. Our specialist immunologists are:

    Prof. Dr. med. vet. Gottfried Alber
    PD Dr. rer. nat. Uwe Müller

Further information can also be found on the DGfI website.

The following prerequisites must be fulfilled for training as a specialist immunologist:

Specialist immunologist (DGfI)

For all immunologists working in basic research as well as in clinical research


    Degree in medicine, veterinary medicine or life sciences
    5 years immunological work in an institution recognized by the DGfI as a training institution (currently 27 in Germany and Switzerland)
    Continuous research activity in immunology documented by publications


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Specialist immunologist (DGfI)

For all institutions of basic research and clinics active in the field of immunology


  • Active work of at least 2 specialist immunologists
  • scientific activity demonstrated by publications
  • Comprehensive proof of the clinically immunological/immunodiagnostic profile for the application for diagnostic qualification (also possible in a local network)

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