Continuous and advanced training of veterinarians
The Altano Gruppe strives for the best possible professional development of its veterinarians. In
addition to clinical training for patients, this includes a continuous exchange of knowledge. The latest
medical findings and procedures are discussed in the Medical Board by the top physicians in the clinics
and passed on in regular seminars. New scientific findings are shared in journal clubs and internal
events and long years of clinical experience are exchanged at the various locations. The Altano Gruppe
supports further qualification through external training courses and congresses in Germany and abroad by
assuming costs and paid leave. By summarising relevant topics, the training participants gain new
insights from colleagues from the Altano Gruppe.
After motivated, responsible veterinarians successfully complete their studies, the Altano Gruppe offers
them the opportunity to expand their skills in theory and practice. They can extend their diagnostic and
therapeutic skills in daily practice at a horse clinic in various locations. Career starters gain
experience in a 12-month internship programme under the guidance of recognised veterinarians and
graduates in various specialist areas. The focus is on the care of hospitalised patients during day,
night and weekend shifts. Committed veterinarians are given the opportunity to prepare a dissertation
during this time. After completing the internship, the veterinarians are optimally prepared for training
as a specialist veterinarian, residency training or ambulatory practice.
Specialist veterinarian and graduate education
The Altano Gruppe is committed to the specialisation of its employees in order to promote the growth of
knowledge in veterinary medicine.
At the national level, quality assurance in the veterinary profession is regulated by the label
"Specialist Veterinarian" (FTA). During the four-year training period to become a specialist
veterinarian, a performance catalogue, a specific number of case reports and scientific publications and
participation in specialist advanced training events and FTA modules are completed. The Altano Gruppe
clinics are authorised to carry out advanced training in the fields of equine specialist veterinarian,
equine orthopaedic specialist veterinarian, equine surgeon specialist veterinarian, equine
ophthalmologist, reproductive medicine specialist veterinarian, equine reproductive medicine specialist
veterinarian, animal nutrition and dietetics specialist veterinarian, zoo and wildlife specialist
veterinarian and tropical medicine specialist veterinarian.
At a European level, specialist training is regulated by the European colleges of various disciplines.
The colleges are Europe-wide networks of specialists who are jointly involved in the advanced training
to become "Graduate of the European College" and define the standards of the college in one statute. The
three-year, full-time ("standard residency") or five-to-seven-year, part-time ("alternative residency")
training at a recognised training institution comprises clinical training, regular journal clubs,
scientific publications in international journals and a centralised examination lasting several days.
The graduates must be re-evaluated every five years by the colleges in accordance with the requirements
of their statutes. The Altano Gruppe clinics are recognised as educational institutions of the European
College of Equine Internal Medicine (ECEIM) and the European College of Animal Reproduction (ECAR). This
makes advanced training possible to become an ECEIM or ECAR graduate under direct supervision of a
graduate at a clinic recognised by the European College ("standard residency") or a part-time training
in close contact with a graduate at another clinic of the Altano Gruppe.
Apprenticeship to become a veterinary assistant (TMFA)
Young, motivated people with a sense of responsibility, a willingness to learn, social competence and
experience in dealing with horses can complete training as a TMFA (veterinary assistant) in the Altano
Gruppe clinics. After a period of familiarisation, the trainees rotate through various specialist areas,
attend vocational school once or twice a week and reach a high level of theoretical and practical
qualification in our clinics. The Altano Gruppe apprenticeship catalogue ensures that all necessary
theoretical and practical knowledge is taught and tested in the clinics. Particular attention is paid to
intensive care medicine and emergency management. In addition to the veterinarian, the TMFA takes on
important tasks such as communication with the patient’s owner, laboratory work, preparation and
assistance in surgical procedures as well as documentation and booking of the services rendered. They
ensure that hygiene regulations are adhered to in the practice and that the veterinary pharmacy is up to
date. The day-to-day work in the Altano Gruppe clinics demands a high level of commitment. The sound
training with animals regularly leads to above average results, which opens many doors on the job