The Veterinary School in Copenhagen was founded in 1773 as one
of the first schools in the world. In 1856 the veterinary school was moved to
its present location and at that time acquired the status of an institution of
higher learning incorporating agriculture and animal science. In 2007 the Royal
Veterinary and Agricultural University merged with the University of Copenhagen
and was transformed into the Faculty of Life Sciences incorporating the
veterinary school. The University of Copenhagen was inaugurated on 1 June
1479, after King Christian I was granted approval for its establishment by
Pope Sixtus IV. Based on a German model, the university consisted of four
faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy. Today with more than 38,000
students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen is the
largest institution of research and education in Denmark. The purpose of the
University – to quote the University Statute – is to ‘conduct research and provide
further education to the highest academic level’.
Approximately one hundred
different institutes, departments, laboratories, centers, museums, etc., form
the nucleus of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic
staff, as well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry
out their daily work, and where teaching takes place. With the opening of the
totally rebuilt and modernized Small Animal University Hospital at the
Frederiksberg Campus in early 2011 the Copenhagen Veterinary School including
the newly built Large Animal University Hospital at the Taastrup Campus
functions as one of the most modern veterinary schools with state of the art
In 2012 the Copenhagen School of Veterinary Medicine together
with the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences merged with the Faculty of Health
to form a new, scientifically and financially strong Faculty of Health and
Medicine within the University of Copenhagen.
ORGANIZATION AND STAFF
The veterinary school encompasses 3 departments with specialized
facilities, a Faculty Office and a number of general services (e.g. learning
environment with audio-visual units, library, experimental farms, student
facilities including several computer rooms etc.). The veterinary school has
an academic staff of 154 FTE, including 29 full professors and an
administrative and support staff of 221 FTE. Most staff members communicate
well in English and all academic staff members have experience in teaching
veterinary medicine in English. In early 2012 all academic staff members have
completed officially approved proficiency tests in English.
UNDERGRADUATE VETERINARY EDUCATION
Admission of students to the 5½-year undergraduate veterinary
training program is limited to 180 each year, resulting in a total of 1100
students. They pass full examinations at the completion of each course.
RESEARCH AND POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION
Research at the School of Veterinary
Medicine is the responsibility of the Vice Dean for Research and the department
heads. Research which is conducted as part of the PhD programs is included in
QUALITY OF EDUCATION
The School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health and
Medicine within the University of Copenhagen has been regularly evaluated and
accredited by the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary
Education since 1988 (latest accreditation in 2010) and had a pre-site Visit by
the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2009. A full AVMA site
visit is scheduled for April 2015.
INFORMATION ABOUT THE ADMISSION TO THE FACULTY OF VETERINARY
MEDICINE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
In general foreign students have access to the Danish
universities. Non-EU citizens must apply for visa before being allowed to
Special rules apply for the
study of Veterinary Medicine. The Danish Ministry of Science has declared a numerous
clauses to the DVM program. This entails that only a limited amount of students
is admitted each year. The number of admission requests largely exceeds the
number of allocations. Restrictions affect both Danish and foreign students.
The available places are assigned by selection through interviews (50%) or
based upon grades obtained in high school (50%). Letters of recommendation are
neither required nor accepted.
APPLICATION TO THE DANISH DVM PROGRAM
Each year the minister of education and science lays down the
number of students to be admitted to the DVM program. Currently 180 students
are accepted in each class. There are two routes of application. The first is
solely based upon high school grades (Quota I) and the second is based upon a
mixture of high school grades, working experience and an interview (Quota II).
No standardized tests are required before application. Application deadline
for Quota I is 5 July 2014, and for Quota II the application deadline is 15
International students are referred to http://studier.
ku.dk/internationalstudents/ for further information about application for the
Danish DVM program.
TUITION FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Generally students from within the European Union do not pay
tuition fee. For foreign students please refer to web site of the Ministry of
Science, Technology and Innovation http://en.vtu.dk/. Generally financial aid
is not offered to foreign students.
Foreign students who want to receive an academic education in
Denmark need a residence permit. More information can be obtained at the Office
for International Cooperation or at a Danish embassy in the country of
Additionally applicants must demonstrate
access to sufficient financial means. The amount varies and more detailed
information should be sought at a Danish embassy.
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