Veterinary Medicine

MVB (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

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Why is this course for me?

This course will educate you to the best international standards in veterinary medicine and is accredited nationally by the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and is one of only 6 veterinary schools in Europe currently accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The veterinary profession is concerned with the promotion of the health and welfare of animals of special importance to society. This involves the care of healthy and sick animals, the prevention, recognition, control and treatment of their diseases and of diseases transmitted from animals to man, and the welfare and productivity of livestock.

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. Anyone who objects unreservedly to the use of animal material in teaching should not enter the veterinary medicine course.

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What Will I Study

This course will prepare you for entry into any branch of the profession. Modules includes:

First & Second Year

  • Normal Animal Structure & Function
  • Animal Husbandry & Welfare
  • Animal Handling & Animal Experience
  • Professionalism

Third & Fourth Year

  • Pathobiological Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Therapeutics
  • Herd Health and Population Medicine
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Professionalism

Fifth Year

  • Clinical rotations in the UCD Veterinary Hospital (see Year five in Pathway document)
  • Elective Studies
  • Clinical Experience
  • Professionalism

During the first four years, students spend an average of 40 hours per week attending lectures, tutorials and practicals, with some practicals taking place at UCD Lyons Farm. During the final year, clinical rotations take place mainly in the UCD Veterinary Hospital and can involve early mornings and some late-night work. Students are also expected to undertake independent study.

A combination of end-of-trimester written, practical and competency examinations, along with in-trimester continuous assessment during term, is used throughout the course.

Students are required to complete 36 weeks of work placements (pre-clinical extramural studies and clinical extramural studies ) as part of the course requirements.

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International Study Opportunities

Many students choose to obtain part of their extramural experience abroad, in veterinary hospitals or other veterinary schools. The high standing and international recognition of Veterinary Medicine at UCD ensures that they are readily accepted for such placements.

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.

Other Entry Routes

“As an International student at UCD I have never felt out of place. All of the students, professors, and support staff have been especially welcoming and friendly to me. The student advisor is a huge support for students and is available to listen, offer support and guidance, or even just to have a friendly conversation over a cup of tea. One thing I love about UCD is how many different opportunities are available to us while doing our CEMS placements. There are opportunities to do work experience at home or abroad and even possibilities to tailor CEMS to your specific fields of interest! I have tremendously enjoyed my time studying at UCD, meeting people from all over the world, and getting to travel Europe during some breaks!”

Kimberlee Woodling, Student

Contact Information

UCD Veterinary Medicine School Office
Room 202, Veterinary Sciences Centre
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 6100

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