Professor for Ruminant Medicine and head of the Clinic for Ruminants at the Veterinary Faculty, University of Giessen, Germany. After graduating at the University of Munich, he worked in a large animal practice. Then he went back to this University where he earned his habilitation in 1992.
Prior to his current position, he was Associate Professor at the Clinic for Cattle Diseases at the Hannover Veterinary School. His main research projects are neonatal diarrhoea in claves, abomasal diseases in cattle, paratuberculosis and Bovine Neonatal Pancytopenia.