2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Anna Maria Gartner


I was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany. I participated in several student exchange programs, spending time at schools in France (2 weeks), Chile (7 weeks) and Israel (2 ½ weeks). I always knew that I want to study veterinary medicine. I really like the idea of searching for new methods to treat animals and gaining the competence to change something. After graduating from high school I started to study veterinary medicine at Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover in 2009.


I always have been very interested in animals (especially dogs and birds) and science. That is the reason I made my falconer’s license immediately after graduating from high school. I spend the main part of my free time with my pets, an Airedale Terrier and four small parrots (Lovebirds and Western Rosellas). I love watching and training them. Unfortunately I currently do not have enough time for a bird of prey, but I hope this will be possible after finishing my university courses. I am also playing the flute at the Big Band of our university and like reading and drawing. I love water sports, mainly sailing and canoeing. Especially sailing I miss a lot since living in Hannover, because my father’s boat and my sailing partners are still in Hamburg. In winter I like to go skiing a lot.

Career Goal:

After receiving my veterinary degree I plan to complete a doctoral dissertation and maybe participate in a PhD-Program. Afterwards I plan on working in the field of pharmacology, studying species-specific incompatibilities and side effects in order to develop and try new pharmaceuticals for currently incurable diseases and to advance the knowledge of less common animals such as reptiles or birds.