2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Viktoria Rungelrath



I was born and grew up in a little town in the midwest of Germany. As far as I can remember I have always been interested in all kinds of animals and the function of the human and animal body but my special interest lies in wolves and their domesticated form the dog. While still at high school I spent an exchange year in New Brunswick, Canada living with a wonderful host family and their two dogs, a truly fantastic and unforgettable experience. After graduating from high school I then moved to Hannover in northern Germany where I started my studies at the University of Veterinary Medicine. I am currently in my third year of veterinary training and am enjoying it immensely.


Two great interests of mine are foreign cultures and languages and I do therefore love to travel. I also enjoy going to theater performances and art exhibitions. In addition to that I like doing all kinds of sports, especially hiking, ballroom dancing, rock and roll and jogging. I do furthermore play the saxophone in my university’s big band, the “Rocking vets”.

Career Goal:

After having finished my studies I plan to complete my veterinary education by writing a dissertation or doing a PhD and subsequently specialize. Ultimately my career goal is to go into research and thus help develop new or improved treatments of animal and human diseases. If possible I would like to try out different fields of research and aspects of the veterinarian profession before establishing myself as a specialized scientist. At present I am not yet able to say into which field of research I am most likely to go and therefore hope that participating in the Cornell Leadership Program will lead me into a certain direction.