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University of Copenhagen

Office for International Cooperation
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
University of Copenhagen
Blegdamsvej 3B
DK-2200 København N
Telephone: +45 35 33 35 89


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 equipment.

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.


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.


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 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 this portfolio.


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.


In general foreign students have access to the Danish universities. Non-EU citizens must apply for visa before being allowed to apply.

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.


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 March 2014.

International students are referred to http://studier. for further information about application for the Danish DVM program.


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 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 origin.

Additionally applicants must demonstrate access to sufficient financial means. The amount varies and more detailed information should be sought at a Danish em­bassy.

Page Updated: 05/05/14

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