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The working group Wildlife Medicine combines applied, clinical and scientific aspects of wildlife- and zoo animal medicine. Our main goal is to develop, improve and provide modern, safe and species-specific wildlife medicine.

Our main research topics cover a wide spectrum form wildlife anaesthesia, and ecophysioloy to microbiome and biomimetic research.

Our group works on all aspects of prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic wildlife medicine. We provide veterinary support and skills as responsible veterinarians, clinicians and researcher to research- and conservation- and wildlife projects.

We work on a variety of research projects to improve wildlife anaesthesia as an important part of wildlife conservation and animal welfare. We develop new methods and protocols in a broad spectrum of wild mammals integrating evidence-based knowledge on their specific physiology.

The team of our Wildlife Medicine group encompasses a wide variety of traditional and modern veterinary disciplines, which are adapted to accommodate the diversity of species treated. These include population health management, preventive diagnostic and therapeutic medicine, epidemiology, comparative medicine, and the highly personalized, intensive medical care offered to our patients.

Advanced ultrasonography, wildlife internal medicine, species-specific wildlife anaesthesia, reproduction management and animal welfare considerations are integrative parts of our research and veterinary services.

Veterinary Services, Teaching and Training



Our Team

Our team has a broad background and we work with a variety of species such as large carnivores, wild ungulates, mega-herbivores, monkeys and apes, small hibernators, birds, and fish.


Gabrielle Stalder doing field work

Dr. Gabrielle Stalder

Dr. Gabrielle Stalder is head of the working group. She is involved in a wide range of wildlife research such as wildlife medicine, anesthesia, wildlife diseases, animal physiology and ecophysiology of wildlife species. Her research interests include wildlife anesthesia, microbiome research and ecophysiological adaptations of wild animals.


Dr. Johanna Painer with anaesthetised bear

Dr. Johanna Painer

Dr. Johanna Painer is an expert in advanced sonography, reproductive management, wildlife medicine and animal welfare. She is involved in various research topics related to wildlife anesthesia, reproductive management and biomimetics, as well as wildlife crime, confiscation of illegal wildlife and illegal trade.


[Translate to English:] Dr. Friederike Pohlin

Dr. Friederike Pohlin

Dr. Friederike Pohlin has a broad background in wildlife anaesthesia, wildlife management and ecophysiology. She is particularly interested in the impact of human interventions on wildlife health and animal welfare. Her research interests include the improvement wildlife anaesthesia and wildlife management techniques, the impact of wildlife trafficking on animal welfare, and ecophysiological adaptations of wild animals in light of the climate change.

Friederike Pohlin is also currently replacing Gabrielle Stalder during maternity leave.

Porträt von Hathaipat_Rattanathanya mit einem sedierten Pferd/Portrait of Hathaipat_Rattanathanya with a sedated horse

Hathaipat Rattanathanya, DVM

Hathaipat Rattanathanya is a veterinarian and is currently doing her PhD. Her thesis focuses on developing new ways to treat opioid-induced adverse effects in etorphin-immobilized ungulates.


 Hanna Rauch

Dipl.Tzt. Hanna Rauch

Ph.D. student and veterinarian Hanna Rauch's doctoral thesis deals with the invasive measurement of blood pressure and the improvement of anesthesia safety in a variety of wildlife species.


Our doctoral students are involved in all clinical and research activities of wildlife medicine. 

Other students of the working group wildlife medicine

  • Anita Metzinger
  • Anna Sickmueller
  • Sebastian Alexander