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Why Join Our Summer School

To learn about responsibilities of veterinary professionals in small-scale farms, extensive production systems and industrialized agriculture.

VetNEST Summer School 2020 – Postponed

Dear colleagues,

We would like to inform you that the summer school for animal welfare, ethics and law that was supposed to be organized on July 14-21, 2020 in Ohrid is being postponed. Due to the still unclear situation with the corona crisis, beside our effort to organize it we are forced to postpone it We hope that the corona crisis will end soon and we will be able to continue the summer school for our common interest.

Best regards,

The Summer School Ohrid 2020

Who is it for?

The aim of this summer school is to contribute to the teaching on animal welfare, veterinary ethics and law with a focus on small-scale farms and traditional (extensive) production systems that are of particular importance in the Balkan states and Eastern Europe. As an interdisciplinary scheme, the summer shool aims to contribute to the VetNEST members’ curricula as an elective course and allow veterinary students to gain knowledge on the topic within a total of 75 working hours investment (3 ECTS credits; 1 ECTS credit = 25 working hours).

our teaching team

Herwig Grimm

Prof. dr.
Herwig Grimm

Veterinary Ethics/Communication

Herwig Grimm studied philosophy at the Universities of Salzburg, Zurich and Munich, main emphasis on ethics and applied ethics. In 2004 he earned his Master’s degree in Salzburg with a thesis on “Moral Standing of Animals? – Approaching the subject with discourse ethics”. From 2004 to 2011 he was a scientific assistant at the interdisciplinary Institute for Technology, Theology and Natural sciences in Munich. He took his doctoral degree at the Munich School of Philosophy. From 2011 he has been a professor and the head of the unit “Ethics and Human-Animal-Studies” at the Messerli Research Institute of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, the Medical University of Vienna and the University of Vienna.

Vlatko Ilieski

Prof. dr.
Vlatko Ilieski

Animal Welfare/Law

Prof. Dr. Vlatko Ilieski graduated from the Veterinary Faculty in Zagreb, Croatia, received his PhD at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine specialist at the European college for Animal welfare, Ethics and Law. As university professor he is lecturer for undergraduate and postgraduate studies with big international experiences. He has international teaching experiences as visiting professor at University of Ljubljana, Zagreb teaching animal welfare. Member of the doctoral program “Model Organisms” in Biomedical and Veterinary Research at the University of Naples, Federico II, Italy


Prof. dr.
Kresimir Severin

Veterinary Law

Associate Professor Krešimir Severin, DVM, PhD (Zagreb, 1976), after taking his degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb, worked from 2003 as a research fellow at the Department for Game Biology, Pathology and Breeding. From 2009 – 2011 he was employed at the Department of Forensic and State Veterinary Medicine as a teaching assistant, and from 2011-2013 as assistant professor. As a Ph.D. student he attended several long and short term specialization courses in the field of wildlife diseases, molecular diagnostics, and veterinary pathology.


Miroslav Kjosevski

Animal Welfare/Law

He started his PhD studies at the Faculty for veterinary medicine, Skopje – Animal Welfare and Animal Hygiene. He wrote many papers on animal welfare and is participating in many projects (finished and ongoing). He is now Deputy Head of the Center for Animal Welfare at the Faculty for Veterinary Medicine
 Head of Reception desk and Laboratory Information System at the Veterinary Institute
  Center for Animal Welfare at the Faculty for Veterinary Medicine


Svenja Springer

Veterinary Ethics

Svenja Springer graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Vetmeduni Vienna in 2014, focusing on laboratory animal science. During her studies, she gained experience in veterinary medical ethics and has been a scholar and doctoral candidate at the Unit of Ethics and Human-Animal Studies at the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna since September 2014. She became acquainted with this interdisciplinary field when working on her diploma thesis, investigating questions concerning veterinarians as well as the ethical perspective of issues regarding euthanasia in small animal practice.


Christian Dürnberger

Veterinary Ethics, Philosophy of Man-Nature-Relationship

Christian Dürnberger studied philosophy and communication sciences at the University of Vienna. His diploma thesis was an interpretation of the concept “axis time” from the perspective of a philosophy of communication.After the completion of his studies, he moved to Munich, where he dealt with question of applied ethics concerning agriculture and the relationship of man and nature at different institutions.He graduated at the Munich School of Philosophy (Hochschule für Philosophie München). His doctoral thesis was on „Contradiction Nature.

Practice makes perfect

We know about your hectic schedule. We also know the only way you truly understand a subject is by practicing it in a real environment. This is why we’ve set a playground area that’s full of hours of exercises, questions and challenges. It even has a gaming section. 

Striving for improvement

The Summer school includes class and practical work, group activities and farm visit with a focus on animal welfare, ethics, law and communication skills.

Learn from the very best

Join our summer school and start building the veterinary career. We make sure every class is easily understood, and that all students reach the same level of expertise needed for today’s veterinary medicine.

Events Hours

Monday - Wednesday - Friday: 9:00-17:30 Hrs *
Tuesday - Thursday: 9:00-18:30 Hrs *
Saturday - 9:00-13:30 *
* exact event hours after the release of the program schedule


TBA, R. of North Macedonia TBA Ohrid, Republic of North Macedonia
Phone: +389 2 3240 700


Any questions concerning the VetNEST Summer School? Please feel free to contact us.
E-mail: viktor@fvm.ukim.edu.mk, international@vetmeduni.ac.at