You may be a cat person or a dog person. You could prefer Holsteins over Jersey cattle. You might consider your pet a best friend or a member of the family. Regardless of how we may differ, there is one thing all animal lovers can agree on and that is the great work carried out by veterinarians.
Since 2000, April 28 has been recognized as World Veterinarian Day by the World Veterinary Association to celebrate the lifesaving work done by vets, vet technicians, and other animal health professionals.
Follow Bayer4Animals to learn how a few of our veterinarians were inspired to join the field and make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them.
Stephan Groeger is a Proof of Concept Manager for Dairy Cattle with specialties in breeding hygiene and the biotechnology of reproduction. He grew up in Heidelberg, Germany and studied veterinary medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Stephan owns two Labradors, Chap and Coco, and a cat named Clyde who thinks he is a dog and sometimes even joins the dogs for walks.
What led you to become a vet?
Among German vets there is a common saying “Real doctors treat more than one species!” Since my early childhood I was crazy for animals, even though we never had own pets- or maybe even that’s the reason why. My grand-parents had an agricultural background and one of my uncles was a swine farmer.
After finishing my studies back in 2005, I worked on my doctoral thesis and postdoc at the Clinic for Obstetrics, Gynecology and Andrology of Large and Small Animals with Veterinary Ambulance.
This work was fantastic and diverse. I was in a classical veterinarian job, but also treated diseased animals often with complicated cases or in emergency situations, taught students and conducted scientific research. After 6.5 years at University I joined a big, regionally operating veterinary practice that specialized in cattle medicine before joining Bayer Animal Health. My passion to become a vet has led to more than 9 years of customer insights, some research/scientific expertise and most of all, a passion for dairy cattle.
That sounds like a lot of education and preparation to get to where you are today. What advice would you give to aspiring vets?
In Germany the vet study is really a general one and you only “specialize” after the end of your studies. So take your chance, discover as many opportunities as you want and pick what is the most inspiring and most promising for you!
How do you think your very specialized role at Bayer will impact veterinarians today?
We try to develop innovative products for dairy cattle veterinarians and farmers/ producers. In the meantime at Bayer we always strive to translate the latest scientific insights into applicable solutions for our customers. Our goal every day is to find ways to further improve and optimize cattle health and well-being.
Is that part of the reason why you enjoy working for Bayer?
Bayer is all about customer centricity and the ambition to provide “Science for a Better Life”, for both humans and cattle. It is the passion among my colleagues to care for animal well-being that I love the most. That may sound really a bit too flatter, but it is true!
Thank you for your time.
On this special day, we raise a hand, a paw, a hoof, and a fin to the amazing vets in our lives that passionately care for the health and well-being of animals.