Veterinary Public Health Institute


Prof. Dr. Gertraud Schüpbach

Institutsleitung / Head of the Institute

Department of Clinical Research and Public Health (DCR-VPH)

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Liebefeld: Schwarzenburgstrasse 161, Gebäude Agroscope U 159; Bern: Hallerstrasse 6, 3. Stock
Universität Bern, VPHI
Schwarzenburgstrasse 155
3097 Liebefeld

Research Interests:

Zoonotic Diseases

Epidemiology and Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance

Surveillance of Antimicrobial Usage

Clinical Epidemiology


Research Projects:

Prioritization of zoonoses for surveillance and control in Switzerland

Estimation of the economic consequences of foot rot in Switzerland: Cost-benefit analysis of a herd sanitation program

Epidemiology of infections with Schmallenberg virus in dairy cattle in Switzerland

Epidemic Intelligence of Animal Health Events supporting Early Detection and Outbreak Investigation for Efficient Disease Control

FitPig: Reduction of antimicrobial usage in swine farms. Project Website

Professional activities:

Reviewer for Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Epidemiology and Infection, Journal of Dairy Science, Animal Health Research Reviews, Animal Welfare and others

Expert for evaluationof research proposals: EU 6th framework, EU Marie Curie, ANIHWA, National research proposals

Member of several EFSA Working Groups on various topics related to antimicrobial resistance

Swiss representative in the extended executive board of the International Society of Animal Hygiene


2007       Lecturership in epidemiology (Habilitation), University of Bern

2004       Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Public Health

2002       Specialist in epidemiology (Fachtierarzt), Tierärztekammer Berlin

1998       Master of Science in epidemiology, University of Illinois, USA

1997       Doctorate ( in theriogenology, Free University of Berlin

1994       DVM (Tierärztin), Free University of Berlin, Germany


2011- present    

Professor of Veterinary Public Health, Head of Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern


Researcher and Group leader, Veterinary Public Health Institute, University of Bern


Senior Researcher at Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, Monitoring Department


Post Doc at Swiss Federal Veterinary Office, Monitoring Department


Research Associate, Division of Epidemiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, USA


Research Assistant, Clinic of Reproduction, College of Veterinary Medicine, FU Berlin, Germany

  • European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH)
  • Swiss Forum for Epidemiology and Animal Health (EpiForum)
  • International Society for Animal Hygiene
  • Gesellschaft Schweizerische Tierärzte (GST)
  • Tierärztekammer Berlin
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Veterinary Students first year)
  • Veterinary Public Health I (Veterinary Students third year)
  • Veterinary Public Health I (Veterinary Students fourth year)
  • PhD course Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Courses for Official Veterinarians