2014 BBS Leadership Group Shot  

The Leadership Program

Jessica Magenwirth



After finishing high school in the south-west of Germany where I grew up in a small village, I heard about the possibility to study veterinary medicine in Ghent (Belgium). I decided to take this chance, learned Dutch and moved to Belgium. After having obtained a lot of wonderful experiences by studying abroad I moved to Berlin to continue my studies there. As soon as I started to go to university I thought about heading for research. I decided that for me the scientific backgrounds of the study and the enormous progress in medicine that can be made through research are the most interesting parts of veterinarian medicine. I am sold on the whys and wherefores of physiological and disease-related processes in the body. To be able to trace back pathogenesis and physiological cascades to a single trigger is both fascinating and exciting to me.


In my free time I love to do sports (especially with my dog), enjoy a great book, good music and meeting my friends. Among my studies I try to participate in as many offers as possible the university provides for their students and I work as a student assistant at the Small Animal Clinic.

Career Goal:

After completing my veterinary degree I would like to take part in a PhD program and pursue a research orientated career path. Up to now I am especially interested in immunology, neoplasm research and genetics. I hope that that the experiences I will gain during the Cornell Leadership Program will help me to specify my career goals.