Responsibilities of the experimental station include caring for the animals required for scientific research under conditions appropriate to the research and to each type of animal - including the production of basic foodstuffs and dietary supplements of consistent high quality. Cows, pigs, sheep and poultry are presently maintained at the research station, and for a number of years research also included the performance physiology of sport horses. The research station is an accredited educational facility and every year it accepts 2 to 3 trainees. It is integrated into the examination system for young farmers from the entire region of Hannover and, for that purpose, the Institute is visited by students and technical trainees in the subjects of agriculture and veterinary medicine. The proximity of the research station to the laboratories is particularly attractive for scientific investigations.