Walter Vetter studied chemistry at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and received his diploma in 1990. During his doctoral thesis at the University of Hohenheim (1990-1993), he spent one year at the Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU) in Norway. From 1993-2002 he was researcher and group leader at the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena (Germany), where he finished his habilitation in food chemistry in 1998. In 2002 he became a full professor of food chemistry at the University of Hohenheim. In 2008, he was appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland (Australia). He is Vice President of the Society of Nutrition and Food Science and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of NFS Journal.
His research fields cover lipid analysis (by GC/MS), determination of polyhalogenated compounds in food and environmental samples, stable isotope analysis, enantiomer separations and countercurrent chromatography. In these fields he has published more than 200 original papers in peer reviewed journals along with some book chapters and review articles.