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Anja Reckendorf

Anja Reckendorf

Curriculum Vitae 

  • Since March 2020: DipECZM (Wildlife Population Health), EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Wildlife Population Health
  • Since September 2016: PhD Candidate at the HGNI Graduate School of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, and ECZM Resident in Wildlife Population Health at the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW) in Büsum
  • Since July 2015: veterinarian and research assistant at the ITAW in Büsum
  • 04/01 – 08/31/2015: Veterinary practitioner at the Small Animal Vet Clinic, Dr. Martin Schilling, Bielefeld
  • February 2015: Internship at the Small Animal Vet Clinic, Dr. Martin Schilling, Bielefeld
  • 09/02 – 10/06/2013: Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Department of Reproduction Management, Berlin
  • April 2011 – July 2012: care personnel for rodents, reptiles and domestic wild animals in the Small Animal Clinic and Polyclinic of the Free University Berlin
  • Veterinary education: September 2007 – June 2009 Szent István Veterinary University, Budapest – Hungary; October 2010 – March 2014 Free University of Berlin for Veterinary Studies
  • Feb. & May 2007: Internship at the Small Animal Vet Practice, Dr. Sabine Eustermann, Verl

    Practical experiences abroad

      • March 2015: EcoWildVet - EcoSystemHealth Summer School, Sokoine University for Agriculture, Tanzania
      • November 2014: Turtle rehabilitation volunteer at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA – USA
      • 07/15 – 12/15/2014: Veterinary volunteer at the National Marine Life Center, Buzzards Bay, MA – USA
      • 07/01 – 12/16/2014: Veterinary Extern at the New England Wildlife Center, Weymouth, MA – USA
      • 04/16 – 05/26/2013: New England Aquarium’s Veterinary Externship, Boston, MA – USA
      • 08/27 – 09/14/2012: Veterinary Science Externship, Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA – USA
      • 09/20 – 10/05/2011: Narok Elephant Translocation by the Kenya Wildlife Service and post mortem studies for the German – African tuberculosis project "M. bovis in the wildlife-livestock-human interface of East and Southern Africa" by the German Friedrich-Loeffler Research Institute for Animal Health, Masai Mara National Reserve - Kenya
      • 05/29 – 06/03/2011: Externship at the sea turtle station “Estación Las Tortugas”, Costa Rica
      • 06/05 – 10/06/2010: Externship at the Cape Wildlife Centre, Barnstable, MA – USA
      • 04/07 – 07/04/2010: Internship at Whale and Dolphin Conservation - North America, Plymouth, MA – USA
      • 07/06 – 09/10/2006: Volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA – USA

        Research focus

        • EU Project “Marine Mammals – Science Education” [710708]. Making science education and careers attractive for young people.
        • Minimally invasive diagnostic methods for harbour porpoise health status monitoring (PhD study)
        • Investigations into infectious diseases and zoonoses of predators in Schleswig-Holstein
        • Investigations into causes of pheasant and partridge population decline in Schleswig-Holstein
        • Development of safe exit options for European otters from fish traps

        Wildlife health:

        • Post mortem investigations and health monitoring of stranded marine mammals
        • Population health monitoring of marine mammals
        • Wildlife Parasitology
        • The effects of anthropogenic influences


            • 2018: International Otter Survival Fund Otter Oscar 2018. Research: „A project to develop exit options for European otters (Lutra lutra) from fish fykes”


            • European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians 2017 Student Presentation Award, 1st Prize:


              Post-mortem findings of 12 sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) stranded on the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, in early 2016
            • 2016 ACCOBAMS-ECS Student Award for Best Postgraduate Student Poster:

              Reckendorf, A.; Siebert, U.; Wohlsein, P.; Lehnert, K.

              First record of the nasal mite Halarachne halichoeri in a grey seal from the German Wadden Sea.


              • Since 2016 member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association (WAVMA)
              • Since 2016 member of the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) and the European Wildlife Disease Association (EWDA)
              • Since 2013 Member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM)
              • Since 2013 Member of the European Cetacean Society (ECS)
              • Since 2011 Member of the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)
              • Since 2006 member of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC)


                Complete list of publications..

                Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
                Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
                Werftstr. 6
                25761 Büsum
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