The association

about us

InVeLCo e.V. was founded as a non-profit association in March 2018 and was entered in the register of associations at the district court of Charlottenburg in Berlin in July 2018.
Of the seven founding members, five are veterinarians, one agronomist specializing in farm animals and one historian. The purpose of this foundation is to establish a network of highly specialized scientists whose expertise lies in the field of tropical veterinary medicine and international animal health including Veterinary Public Health (VPH).
In connection with the current orientation of German and international development policy, well-founded analyses and project proposals can thus be offered in the fields of animal production, animal husbandry, animal diseases and zoonoses. In particular through the partly exposed positions of the members in science, but above all through the many years of experience in development cooperation in the countries concerned.

The purpose of the association is to promote development cooperation in the sense of the “One World Thought”. In particular, the members of the association work on concepts for the improvement of animal production, animal health, the prevention and control of communicable diseases, especially animal diseases, especially in livestock farming in emerging and developing countries. Background is the promotion of food security, food safety and health of the population.
Furthermore, the cooperation of science and research at veterinary universities in emerging and developing countries with German universities, as well as the promotion of the public veterinary and health care system in the partner countries is in the focus of the association. This is made possible by the contacts to alumni from several decades and the already existing contacts on a scientific level.

Board members

Dr. med. vet. Wilhelm Priesmeier

Communication and Planning

Veterinarian and former member of the German Bundestag.
Wilhelm Priesmeier was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2017 and at all times a member of the Committee on Agriculture and Food. From 2003 he was the animal protection commissioner and from 2009 spokesman for food, agriculture and consumer protection of the SPD parliamentary group.

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Peter-Henning Clausen

Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board
Dipl. EVPC, Specialized veterinarian for parasitology

Peter-Henning Clausen was a Professor of Parasitology and Tropical Veterinary Medicine at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany, where he headed the tropical veterinary medicine unit. His broad experience in veterinary parasitology and preventive veterinary medicine is exemplified by over 40 years of work on a variety of emerging and vector borne diseases in different epidemiological settings in Europe and Africa. He scientifically coordinated various overseas development and research projects and has convened the first Joint AITVM-STVM international conference in Berlin. He has been involved in graduate student supervision and teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has been retired since April 2020.

Dr. med. vet. Wilhelm Dühnen

Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board
Specialist veterinarian for tropical veterinary medicine, former Director of VSF Germany

Wilhelm Dühnen managed the organization and the operational business in Africa for VSF G until mid of 2017. For VSF G he managed the rinderpest eradication program in parts of Southern Sudan and initiated the training of more than 1300 Community Based Animal Health Workers. Formerly based in Kenya, he has excellent contacts to key players of the livestock sector in Eastern Africa.


Petra Salomon

Management and coordinating project management

Historian and accountant
Former research associate in the office of Dr. Wilhelm Priesmeier in the Bundestag.