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The Leadership Program

Sonja Heinrich

Sonja HeinrichFreie Universität Berlin


I was born in Heidenheim, a small town in southern Germany. Before pursuing a future in veterinary medicine, I took a year off after graduating from high school to think about my future. After some months of “work and travel” on farms in New Zealand and getting into contact with some local veterinarians, I decided that this was what I wanted to study. I started at the Freie Universität Berlin in 2005 and will complete my studies in 2011. During my time at the university I have discovered that my prime interests lie mainly in research, so after spending a semester abroad in Maison-Alfort, a suburb of Paris, I took up the position of research assistant at the Department of Animal Pathology.


For the last twelve years I have been training and competing in Modern Pentathlon. Besides that I love other kinds of sports like hiking, skiing, volleyball, tennis etc. I am interested in other cultures, have a love for languages and enjoy international cuisine; and therefore I travel a lot. I am also interested in photography and like to visit exhibitions.

Career Goal:

I have not yet settled on a narrow career goal, but I am fascinated by many fields of study and certain that I will find my place in one of them. Up until now, I have been considering immunology, pathology and even working with wildlife.