Stefanie Knöpfler, a chamber-recognized specialist in clinical pathology and small animal dermatology, studied Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University in Gießen (Germany) and graduated in 2012. Afterwards, Stefanie did her doctorate on leptospirosis and completed a rotating internship at the Free University Berlin. From 2014 to 2016 she worked as Post Graduate Trainee in a private veterinary diagnostic laboratory in Vienna (Austria). Subsequently, she moved back to Germany and worked in a small animal practice before joining the Philipps-University Marburg as scientific staff member working on autoimmune skin diseases. In August 2019, she started her residency in the framework of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (ACVM) at the diagnostic unit of the Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology (IVB), the Center for Zoonoses, Animal Bacterial Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance (ZOBA). In April 2021, she started her ECVM residency with Prof. Joerg Jores as her main supervisor and residency programme director.