2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Mirjam Brackhan

Mirjam BrackhanTiHo Hannover


I was born in 1988 in Zwenkau, which is close to Leipzig, the city where I spent the first six years of my life. Before the beginning of my school career, we moved to a rural area at the foot of the Harz Mountains, which turned out to be a lovely place to grow up. In 2004, I left home for a year in order to explore the American culture first hand, living with the best host family one can imagine and attending high school in Pennsylvania. This exchange year contributed greatly to my personal development and success. After graduating from high school in 2007, I started veterinary training at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Hannover because of my strong interest in science and animals - a decision that has proved to be very fulfilling.


Over the last few years ballroom dancing has become one of my interests and thus I recently joined a ballroom dancing club where I practice on a regular basis. I also like to spend my free time reading novels - especially thrillers, participating in activities with my friends or family, and watching animals at the Hannover zoo. Furthermore, I am very fond of traveling. Since the end of my exchange year I have returned to the USA several times. I have also visited a lot of other countries throughout my life and hope to visit many more in the future.

Career Goal:

The career path I would like to follow is oriented towards research. After receiving my veterinary degree I plan to complete a doctoral dissertation and afterwards be employed as a research associate by an academic department of a veterinary school. At this current stage of veterinary training I could imagine conducting research in some area of pathology. Eventually, I hope to become a professor. Last semester, I gained insights into what working for an academic department is like, through my work as a teaching assistant at the department of anatomy, which I hope to continue after the program.