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Measures to slow the spread of the coronvirus

The aim of all measures is to contain the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and thus to protect the population. Please act responsibly and attach importance to contact minimization and contact reduction in all actions. If possible, replace meetings with telephone or video conferences.

+++++ Update March 27, 2020


On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the last state examination of this year's final year for veterinary medicine should have taken place. Due to the measures taken to contain the coronavirus, the examination could not be held in the lecture hall as planned. Today, 234 students have taken this exam online - with a delay of only two days. Despite the short preparation time, the system worked stably. Congratulations to all new colleagues! You have made it! You are now veterinarians! Many thanks to all those involved, who made this solution possible and pushed it forward in the short time available!

+++++ March 25, 2020 +++++

Last exam

Good news for the students who are currently in the state exams: Thanks to the commitment, dedication and inventiveness of the Vice-President for Teaching, the Student Office and the E-Learning Office, they will be able to take the last remaining exam "Berufs- und Standesrecht" on Friday. Good luck!

Video message from TiHo president Dr. Gerhard Greif

You can view the message here:

New orientation guide from the Robert Koch Institute

The Robert Koch Institute has published a new orientation guide for doctors:

In addition, Professor Dr. Christian Drosten reported on March 24, 2020 in the 20th edition of his daily NDR podcast that the most important protective measure is to maintain a minimum distance of one and a half metres, because the virus can be transmitted before symptoms appear:

So please keep sufficient distance!


+++++ Update March 24, 2020 +++++

Letter to the students

Canceled exams, postponed classes: Many students are now concerned about what will happen next. The TiHo is working hard to minimize or avoid disadvantages for students:
Here you can find a letter to the TiHo students.

Patient care

All TiHo clinics are still available for emergencies - you can find out more on the websites of the respective clinics:


Small Animal Clinic
Clinic for Horses
Clinic for Pets, Reptiles and Birds
Clinic for Cattle
Clinic for Swine, Small Ruminants and Forensic Medicine


Practical year: Internships outside the TiHo

Whether students can continue or begin their practical training during the practical year, which they are currently completing in the slaughterhouse or in a veterinary practice, depends on the respective company. On the part of the TiHo there are no restrictions or guidelines. However, we appeal to all veterinarians and slaughterhouse operators to continue the internships and, in case of interruptions, to offer them again.

+++++ March 20, 2020 +++++

Students in the practical year

The presence phase of the running practical year must unfortunately be interrupted with immediate effect. It will be replaced by alternative teaching and learning methods at short notice.

General: Have I infected myself with the corona virus?

Many employees and students are uncertain whether they are infected and can be carriers of the corona virus.

As a general rule, the public health authorities try to quarantine especially those who have had intensive direct contact with infected persons. Non-intensive, short, superficial contacts result in a lower risk of infection. Therefore, not all contacts are always quarantined or tested. In the meantime, the corona test is primarily carried out on the so-called risk persons.

There are many cases where a person (person A) has had contact with a person (person B) who in turn has had contact with a suspected case. In these cases, the Robert Koch Institute does not recommend any particular restrictions as long as person B is symptom-free and the corona test was negative, is still pending or no test has been performed and person A is also symptom-free.

We also recommend using the online questionnaire of the Charité:


+++++ Update March 19, 2020 +++++


The library will continue to restrict its operations until April 19, 2020:
The books must be ordered in advance and an appointment must be made for collection within the opening hours (Mon to Fri, 9 am to 3 pm). Please send us an e-mail to or call us at +49 511 953-7101.  

In addition, you can now renew your borrowed books up to 8 times in your user account. The reminders will be suspended until the end of April. For a pure return of media please use exclusively our book box in front of the library entrance.


+++++ Update March 17, 2020 +++++


Returnees from abroad should please not come to TiHo for 14 days. Please report to your superiors.

Master Theses

Doctoral and master's students who are currently doing research at the TiHo can continue their work within the framework of the respective institution regulations.


As things stand at present, the disputations will take place - but without the usual audience. Unfortunately, parents and friends will not be able to attend.

Clinical Skills Lab

The Clinical Skills Lab remains closed.

Computer rooms

The computer rooms will remain closed.


+++++ Update March 16, 2020 +++++

Information for pet owners

The Small Animal Clinic, the Clinic for Horses, the Clinic for Pets, Reptiles and Birds, Clinic for Cattle and Clinic for Swine, Small Ruminants and Forensic Medicine have each published information for animal owners.

Exams and courses

Plans are underway to organise alternative events and to make up for failed tests. The affected students will be informed as soon as possible.


Administrative staff who are able to carry out their work from home in principle, in part or with reasonable restrictions, remain at home in agreement with their superiors. It is ensured that colleagues can be reached by telephone or e-mail during core working hours from 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.


+++++ 2nd Update March 15, 2020 +++++

The Student Services Organisation Hanover closes all cafeterias from Monday, March 16, 2020. So the cafeteria in the TiHo-Tower and the cafeteria Caballus will also be closed.

+++++ Update March 15, 2020 +++++

Due to the rapidly developing situation, the TiHo is tightening its measures to slow the spread of the coronvirus.

Important: Official communications

Please check your TiHo e-mails regularly. There will be personal notifications that can only be communicated via email.

You are needed!

TiHo cares about the health of its employees and wants to contribute to containing COVID-19 events. At the same time, the TiHo must ensure the fulfillment of its research, teaching and service tasks. The heads of the clinics and institutes as well as the other facilities and administrative units organize this for their respective areas. They will check for their respective employees whether they can do some or all of their work from home. Employees whose jobs do not allow this must show up for work if they are healthy. Otherwise, please continue to observe the regulations and instructions for protection against COVID-19.

Cancellation of all exams!

All exams will be cancelled. As soon as possible again, the appointments are organized quickly again. You will receive further information by e-mail.

Patient care

We have to protect our employees in the clinics in order to continue to provide your animals with the best possible care. From now on we only record emergencies. Please register by phone. Access to the clinic buildings is regulated. Please follow the instructions of the TiHo staff.
Small Animal Clinic
Tel .: +49 511 953-6200
Clinic for horses
Tel .: +49 511 953-6500
In the evening and at night: Tel .: +49 511 953-6651
Clinic for pets, reptiles and birds
Tel .: +49 511 953-6800
Small Claw Clinic, Forensic Medicine and Outpatient Clinic
Tel .: +49 511 856-7260
Clinic for cattle
Tel .: +49 511 856-7248


The library is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays. The employees can be reached from Monday to Friday by phone and by e-mail from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

+++++ Update March 13, 2020 +++++

Access to TiHo buildings

All students, employees or guests who have stayed in coronavirus risk areas must stay away from the TiHo for 14 days. The risk areas and especially affected areas are listed at

Teaching activities

In accordance with the recommendation of the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, the start of lectures will be postponed to Monday, April 20, 2020. No lectures will take place until then. This also applies to the School of Veterinary Medical Technical Assistants. Students in the practical year as well as doctoral and PhD students can continue their practical work.


Audits are carried out in principle. Please note that examiners and examinees from risk areas are not allowed to enter the TiHo and the latter can make up the exam at a later date.

Closure of the schools

If care shortages occur due to the closure of schools and daycare centers, these must be resolved in dialogue with the supervisors and, if necessary, the Department of human resources, law and elections. There are various options here, such as working from home, taking leave, reducing overtime or taking paid or unpaid leave. For employees with flexible working hours, the presidium has already decided to relax the current regulations. Employees can, in consultation with their supervisor or manager, accumulate up to 80 minus hours, which must be made up for at a later date.

Treatment of patients in the TiHo clinics

The TiHo clinics remain open for urgent cases. Scheduled interventions and treatments should be postponed to later appointments if possible. We kindly ask you to arrange already agreed appointments in individual cases and to postpone them if necessary.

In urgent cases we ask pet owners to call the respective clinic to clarify the case and possible risks in advance.

Events at the TiHo

Until June 30, 2020 all TiHo events will be cancelled or postponed. This includes the exam celebration, the graduation ceremony and the summer party.

Business trips

Missions are now only approved if they are absolutely necessary for the performance of the tasks. Until June 30, 2020, the use of private vehicles is possible without further justification. Business trips that have already been approved must be resubmitted for a new examination.


The library reading rooms will not be opened in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry. Borrowing books is still possible, however.

Internships from external students

School interns are currently not accepted.

Please contact us if you have any questions:
Dr. Gerhard Greif
Phone: +49 511 953-8000
Send e-mail

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