MVB (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
Full Time - Undergraduate Studies
CAO Code: DN301
Length of Course: 4 Years
Average Intake: 5*
Applicants must apply via CAO no later than 1 February, and must also apply directly to UCD. For full details about the application procedure please click here.
*Please note that the number of places and eligibility criteria mentioned here refer to EU applicants only. Non-EU applicants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is this course for me?
With so much competition for entry to Veterinary Medicine from school leavers, many candidates with the necessary aptitude and attitude required to develop productive, professional careers in this area are unable to secure a place. By increasing the number of places available to graduates with appropriate prior learning, and by providing a tailor-made programme over four years for graduate entrants, we have increased student diversity and provided enhanced opportunities for entry.
To apply for this four-year programme you must have completed a degree in biological, biomedical or animal sciences before entry into the programme. This graduate entry programme is designed to educate future veterinarians to the best international standards in veterinary medicine and to prepare them for careers in professional work, research and public service.
Clinical rotations take place primarily in the UCD Veterinary Hospital in Belfield, which receives a range of pet species, farm animals and horses.
The study of Veterinary Medicine necessitates using animal-derived material in some classes. Any animal tissue used in classes is ethically sourced in full compliance with the university’s ethical review body. Individuals who object unreservedly to the use of animal material in teaching should not enter the veterinary medicine programme.
Career & Graduate Study Opportunities
You can work in mixed, small animal, farm animal or equine practice. You may also obtain further specialist clinical qualifications. Beyond clinical practice, veterinarians play an important role in the protection of public health, in research into diseases of animals and man, and in other areas such as conservation and wildlife protection. While most graduates work in clinical practice, increasing numbers pursue research in public service or private sector research. This reflects the important role of the veterinarian in animal health control and consumer protection. At present there is almost complete employment for veterinary graduates.
The four year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who:
- hold an honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in a biological/biomedical/animal science discipline at the level of a 2.2 Honours or above, a master’s degree or a PhD. (Graduates of any discipline are welcome to apply for entry to the five year MVB programme. Up to five places will be made available in DN300.)
- are Irish/UK/EU applicants (i.e. not deemed ‘overseas’ applicants for purposes of fees).
Graduate entry candidates will be assessed on a combination of:
- GAMSAT score
- educational performance
- a personal statement outlining their motivation to study veterinary medicine.
What Will I Study
The programme is organised over four years. In first year, students will build on their knowledge of the basic biological sciences. You’ll take modules which demonstrate how this knowledge is applied in the practice of veterinary medicine, and gain a firm grounding in animal welfare, behaviour and handling. A key objective will be to ensure that you have the required knowledge, skills and competencies to progress to second year. Between second and fourth year you’ll take combined modules with students taking the DN300 degree in Veterinary Medicine.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to pursue my lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian at UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. The combination of classroom teaching, practical classes, and final year rotations in the UCD Veterinary Hospital have provided a well-rounded education that will allow me to problem solve and attend to animals across multiple species. I especially enjoyed transitioning from the classroom to working down in the hospital during my final year rotations where students are treated more like colleagues and given increasing amounts of responsibility. The critical thinking and practical skills I have gained are invaluable and have made me ready to transition into the working world as a clinician.”
Mandy Rollins, Student