Utrecht University

Office for International Cooperation
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Utrecht University
Yalelaan 1
3584 CL Utrecht
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31.30.2532116
Email: secretariaat.bic.vet@uu.nl
Web: www.uu.nl/vet

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In 1821 a state veterinary school was founded in Utrecht. Almost a century later, in 1918, the school acquired the status of an institution of higher learning and in 1925 it was incorporated into the State University of Utrecht and thereby became the first and until to date the only Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in the Netherlands. Utrecht University, founded in 1636, is one of the 14 universities in the Netherlands. The faculty of Veterinary Medicine is now one of the 6 faculties of Utrecht University and is located at campus site De Uithof just outside the city of Utrecht. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is housed in modern and spacious buildings on a total surface of 60.000 m.


The faculty encompasses 8 departments with specialized facilities, a Faculty Office and a number of general services (e.g. leaning environment with audio-visual units and the library, pharmacy, experimental farms, museum, student computer rooms etc). The faculty has an academic staff of 418 fte, including 32 full professors and an administrative and support staff of 484 fte. Most staff members can communicate well in English and most lecturers have experience in teaching veterinary medicine in the English language.


Admission of students to the 6-year veterinary training programme (taught in Dutch) is limited to 225 each year, resulting in a total of 1400 students. The veterinary curriculum leads to the ‘dierenarts’ degree (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM). In September 2007 the veterinary education under a Bachelor - Master (3+3 years) structure started. The 1st year of the master programme started in September 2010.


Research at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the responsibility of the Institute for Veterinary Research (IVR). Research which is conducted as part of PhD programmes is linked to one of the research programmes of the IVR.


The faculty of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) since 1973, the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education and the Dutch and Flemish Accreditation Organization.


Special rules apply for the study of Veterinary Medicine. The Dutch Ministry of Education has declared the so-called ‘numerous fixes’ applicable to the study of Veterinary Medicine. This entails that only a limited amount of students is admitted each year. The number of admission requests largely exceeds the number of allocations. Those restrictions affect both Dutch and international students. The available places are assigned by selection through interviews or drawing lots.


Each year the minister of Education and Science determines the number of students that can be admitted to the study of Veterinary Medicine. At this moment the number is 225. In order to take part in the lottery for placement, you need to complete an application form via Internet (start with website: http://www.uu.nl/bachelors/en/limited-enrolment-programmes-dutch) and send this in before May 15th. The deadline for the selection interviews was 15 January 2016. If you do not apply you cannot participate in drawing lots.


Non-Dutch diplomas have to be evaluated and compared with the Dutch equivalent diplomas. This evaluation takes time and can result in the fact that you have to take supplementary exams before being accepted for the lottery. Information about the evaluation of your diplomas can be obtained at:

Utrecht University, Admissions Office
P.O. Box 80 125, 3508 TC Utrecht, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 30 253 7000
Visiting Address: Heidelberglaan 6, Utrecht – De Uithof


If the result of the lottery is favorable, then - prior to admission to the study of Veterinary Medicine - you have to prove your (sufficient) knowledge of the Dutch language. This is a requirement under the Dutch law because the education is in the Dutch language. The owner of a non-Dutch diploma therefore has to pass the exam “Dutch as Second Language program 2” (‘Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal, programma 2’), or the Certificate of Dutch as a foreign language ‘Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal: ‘Profiel Academische Taalvaardigheid’ (PAT) or “Profiel Taalvaardigheid Hoger Onderwijs” (PTHO)’ before being admitted. More information about language requirements, courses and examinations can be found through http://www.uu.nl/bachelors/en/limited-enrolment-programmes-dutch under Entry requirements.


The tuition fee depends on your nationality and the programme you register for:

Nationality Programme Tuition 2015-2016

EU/EEA: Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes: EUR 1,951

Non-EU/EEA BSc Veterinary Medicine: EUR 20,000

MSc Veterinary Medicine: EUR 20,700

Information about grants, loans etc. can be found at http://www.uu.nl/bachelors/en/grants-and-scholarships-0.


Every international student who wants to receive academic education in the Netherlands needs a residence permit. More information can be obtained at the International Office.


When requesting admission, the following documents have to be sent to the Admissions Office (see above):

• Your passport copy
• A certified copy of your diploma, OR a certified statement of your school, with the name of the diploma you will obtain and when, and the subjects in which you will be examined
• A certified copy of your transcript
• Official translations of your diploma and transcript (if documents are not in Dutch, English, French, German or Spanish)
• Proof of your proficiency in Dutch

For further information about the admission to the study of Veterinary Medicine please contact:

Study adviser
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Educational and Student Affairs
PO Box 80163, 3508 TD Utrecht, the Netherlands
E-mail: osz@vet.uu.nl