What's New ? - 2022

What's New ? - 2022

Dr. Egon Vielitz passed away at 89

2 January, 2022

Dr. Egon Vielitz was born on October 1st, 1932 on a farm in Seebeck, a small village in the Brandenburg province, Germany, to a farmer family.
Upon high school completion (1951), young Egon has commenced a 3-year internship program, a then prerequisite for higher agricultural studies. On February 28th 1953, the Vielitz family fled across the lines to West Berlin, (then) West Germany, where Egon began his studies of Veterinary Medicine at the Free University of Berlin. In the summer of 1955, Egon moved to the Tierärztliche Hochschule (the University of Veterinary Medicine) in Hannover, where he graduated (1959) with a thesis in pharmacology.
Shortly after, Dr. Vielitz embarked his lifelong career in poultry, by joining Lohmann GmbH (Cuxhaven, Germany), where he was appointed director of the Veterinary Laboratory (1962). During his long career with Lohmann, Dr Vielitz was involved in the development of a myriad of novel poultry vaccines (e.g., Salmonella live vaccines, with Prof. Linde/Leipzig in the 1990s), as well as in the guidance of poultry breeders from around the globe. In more than a way, Dr. Vielitz’s professional curriculum reflects closely Lohmann’s historical evolvement.
In 1997, Dr. Vielitz retired active work at Lohmann’s and joined the PHW (the largest German poultry farmers & processors, as well as one of the largest companies in the German food industry) and EW (agribusiness) groups, as a freelancer.
Since 2005, Dr. Vielitz served an honorary life member of both the WVPA (World Veterinary Poultry Association) and PVSG (Poultry Veterinary Study Group in the EU).
Dr. Vielitz was a pleasant-mannered colleague who made many friends from all around the world. A genuine professional and a leading researcher in the field of poultry vaccines has left us at the age of 89.