MVB (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)
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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 course, you must have completed a degree in biological, biomedical or animal sciences before entry into the course. This graduate entry course 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.
The course is organised over four years. In ﬁrst year, students will build on their knowledge of the basic biological sciences. You will 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.
The four-year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who:
i) hold an honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in a biological, biomedical or 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.)
ii) are EU applicants (i.e. not deemed “Non-EU” applicants for purposes of fees).
Graduate entry candidates will be assessed on a combination of:
i) GAMSAT score
ii) educational performance
iii) a personal statement outlining their motivation to study Veterinary Medicine.
iv) animal handling experience in at least 2 or more species is recommended
v) applicants may be called for an interview
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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.
“Over the last two years at UCD, I had the immense privilege of learning from world-class faculty specialising in every discipline of veterinary medicine imaginable. This exposure embodied UCD’s mantra ‘Ad Astra’ (which is Latin for ‘to the stars’) as it showed me that there is no limit to the potential you can achieve with your veterinary degree. I was particularly captivated with the concept and ground breaking research of One Health Medicine and I am delighted to have the opportunity to pursue research in that field this summer. All of that, coupled with the available student support, really demonstrated the holistic approach taken by our program, as it not only allowed me to receive an excellent education, but it also emphasized the importance of resilience and wellbeing within the veterinary profession.”
Fiona Sahyoun Student
UCD Veterinary Medicine School Oﬃce,
Veterinary Sciences Centre,
Tel: +353 1 716 6100