The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, is the oldest academic educational and research institution for veterinary medicine in the German-speaking world. It is considered one of the best educational institutions for veterinary medicine in Europe. Its central focus is the protection of human and animal health and the production of healthy food stuff. The animal hospital with its university clinics is an integrated component of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Aside from its function as a teaching hospital for students, it also welcomes animal owners: More than 41,500 animals have been treated here in 2012.