Professional competence and leadership qualities: Realistic and courageous in the new ages
Space for innovation and development is the motto under which Petra Winter places her taking office and her mandate. "My vision is clear: Vetmeduni Vienna stands for responsible teaching, innovative research and high-tech medicine for the welfare of animals. We want to pursue this path further. Together with the experts from all the sub-areas of our university, we also want to push ahead with innovations - so that the Vetmeduni Vienna is further strengthened as a science and education facility and also as an animal hospital. "In addition to her professional competence, the habilitated professor of ruminant medicine also has abundant leadership experience. From September 2010 to May 2016, Petra Winter worked as a Vice Rector for Teaching and Clinical Veterinary Medicine, before taking over the leadership from Sonja Hammerschmid as interim rector in May 2016. The university council therefore decided in favour of the 50-year-old Lower Austrian. "Petra Winter is the first female veterinarian to take over the post of rector. Due to her many years of clinical experience, she combines professional competence and special leadership qualities. In the last few years, she has proved this as a vice-rector and as interim rector. We are therefore looking forward to continued good cooperation ", says Edeltraud Stiftinger, chairman of the University Council at Vetmeduni Vienna.
In addition to Petra Winter, Gottfried Brem, Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at the Vetmeduni Vienna, Bernhard Küenburg of Transform Science, the human medicine doctor and former Federal Minister Andrea Kdolsky as well as radiologist Edgar Selzer, also a human physician, had been invited to the public hearing for the office as rector of the Vetmeduni Vienna on 7 November 2016.
The announcement of the final composition of the rectorate of the Vetmeduni Vienna has yet to be made. The current vice-rectors Otto Doblhoff-Dier (research and international relations) and Christian Mathes (resources) continue to support Winter. The entire staff of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna comprises 1,345 employees (as of December 31, 2015).
Petra Winter was born in Steinbach / Lower Austria in 1966, and in 1992 she received her doctorate at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. From 1994 to 2003, she started her academic career as a university assistant at the former 2nd Medical Clinic at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. In 2003, Petra Winter habilitated as a professor in the field of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology in cloven-hooved animals and became adjunct professor at the Clinic for Ruminants. From 2006 to 2008, she was the first woman to lead the Vetmeduni Vienna Clinic for Pigs. This activity was followed by a change to the Agency for Health and Food Security (AGES). Here, Winter took over the management of the Institute for Veterinary Examinations in Mödling before she took over responsibility for the strategic orientation of the Veterinary Medicine Division in 2010 as Deputy Division Manager. In September 2010, Petra Winter returned to Vetmeduni Vienna as vice-rector for teaching and clinical veterinary medicine. In this position, she was able to contribute significantly to the modernization of the teaching area and the strategic reorientation in the field of university hospitals. From May 2016 to January 2017, she was head of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna as interim rector. Petra Winter has published numerous papers in the field of ruminant medicine and received the Hermann Zittmayr Prize for special scientific achievements in the dairy industries in recognition of her innovative approaches.