Veterinary Medicine

Course Information

MVB (Hons) (NFQ Level 8)

Full Time - Undergraduate Studies

CAO Code: DN300
CAO Points Range 2020: 589-625
Length of Course: 5 Years
Average Intake: 82

Leaving Certificate:
  • H5 Chemistry
  • O6/H7 in English, Irish, Mathematics, a third language and one other recognised subject

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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 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.

What Will I Study

This programme will prepare you for entry into any branch of the profession:

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 5 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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You may be interested in the following Blog posts: Studying Veterinary Medicine in UCD (student perspective), Veterinary Student shares her insight on the Clinical Skills Laboratory, Veterinary Equine Clinical Medicine Rotation.

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.


“Studying Veterinary Medicine in UCD is something that I had dreamed of for many years. The actual course content, including the material we learn and practical skills we gain, is what I was most looking forward to and this definitely has lived up to my expectations! However, what I didn’t anticipate and appreciate, is the genuine sense of community and friendship in the Veterinary Building that exists among classes, across year groups and between staff and students alike. It gives the feeling that we are one massive faculty family and every day as I walk into the vet building, it feels like I’m at home. The opportunities open to us while studying veterinary in UCD are endless. From assisting lambing on Irish farms, working in spay clinics in countries like India or carrying out research projects in California.”

Maria Lagan, Student 

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