The Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN) is a foundation under public law.

A Board of Curators with decision-making authority and a Scientific Advisory Committee with an advisory function serve as governing bodies of the FBN.

It has a full-time Director. At the FBN, cooperation between capable departments and workgroups in close physical proximity working on related topics with a high degree of specialisation for the six institutes forms the basis for the interdisciplinary and systemic research approach.