UCD School of Veterinary
Medicine is the sole provider of a veterinary medicine degree programme on the
island of Ireland, and is one of only five European veterinary schools that are
accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Students of the veterinary
medicine programme benefit from the outstanding facilities of the purpose-designed
UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre and UCD Veterinary Hospital on the main
university campus at Belfield, Dublin (commissioned in 2002). Located on a 132
Ha site 5km south of Dublin’s City Centre, UCD is Ireland’s largest university with
over 23,000 students. This is complemented by Lyons Estate Farm where students
have practical classes at all stages of the curriculum.
As the gateway to Europe,
Ireland has been renowned for learning and creativity for centuries. Our
English-speaking, well-educated population has drawn global companies like Google,
Facebook, Intel and HP, who now collaborate with us and employ our graduates.
With its unique blend of urban
chic, lush parkland, sweeping coastline, fabulous shopping and excellent cultural
experiences, Dublin is without a doubt one of the most energised capital cities
UCD is a diverse, international
campus. Our student population comprises of more than 50 nationalities, and international
students now account for one-third of the total undergraduate student cohort.
This diversity is one of the defining features of life at UCD, and one that enriches
the student experience by provision of a truly international campus. Your
experience as a vet student at UCD will guarantee life-long friendships. You
can find further information on attending UCD as an international student at
Our veterinary programme is
accredited by the Veterinary Council of Ireland, the American Veterinary Medical
Association, and the European Association of Establishments in Veterinary
Education. It is designed to educate you to the best international standards in
veterinary medicine and to prepare you for entry to any branch of the
veterinary profession. Veterinary medicine is concerned with the promotion of
the health and welfare of animals of special importance to society. This
involves the care for healthy and sick animals, the prevention, recognition,
control and treatment of their diseases and the welfare and productivity of
livestock. Veterinarians also safeguard human health through prevention and
control of diseases transmitted from animals to man, through ensuring the
safety of foods of animal origin, and through advancing the science and art of
Veterinary graduates have a
wide spectrum of careers to choose from including private practice (companion animals,
food animals, horses, exotics, or a mixture of these), government service
(animal health, food safety, public health), research or industry.
US applicants through VMCAS are
eligible to apply to enter this programme provided they have the prerequisites as
outlined below. Further curricular details are published on our web site,
The Graduate-Entry Programme is
organised into four stages. In stage 1 of the programme students will build on
their knowledge of the basic biological sciences by taking modules designed to
demonstrate how this knowledge is applied in the practice of veterinary medicine,
and gain a firm grounding in animal welfare, behaviour and handling. A key
objective will be to ensure that students have the required knowledge, skills
and competences to progress to Stage 2. Starting with stage 2 students will
take modules with students of the five year undergraduate veterinary medicine
programme. As the programme progresses students will learn clinical skills and
study each of the clinical sciences using a “body systems” approach. The final
year of the programme consists of clinical rotations in the UCD teaching
hospital where students have the opportunity to work alongside experienced and
specialist staff clinicians, and participate in patient care and client communication.
Each student has a personalized timetable ensuring that they participate in
rotations in Large and Small Animal Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Anesthesiology,
Small Animal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Farm Animal Clinical Studies
including Herd Health, Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology, as well as a rotation
in shelter medicine which is provided in collaboration with the Dogs Trust.
Throughout the programme students are required to participate in extra-mural
studies. In the early years, this consists of gaining experience in the
handling and management of farm and companion animals, and in later years, of working
with veterinarians in practice (clinical extramural experience).
UCD is participating in the
VMCAS application system. A supplemental application through the UCD online
application system is required. Fees for Non-European students for entry in
2015 are €34,900 per annum. For further information on entry to the Republic of
Ireland, please refer to www.educationireland.com.
OF ADMISSION PROCEDURE
Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time
(held in the US)
hold place in class):
€2,000, required by early March
2 required-one from academic science source and one from a veterinary surgeon)
1 page personal statement
Animal & Veterinary Experience
US and Canadian residents must
apply to UCD through VMCAS and a supplemental application form which is
available at www.ucd.ie/vetmed. Completed applications are reviewed by our
admissions team. Successful applicants will receive their offers from January
onwards. Classes begin in early September with compulsory orientation taking
place prior to the start of classes.
Up to 35 places will be
available in 2016 for overseas students. We look for a GPA of 3.2 or above. All
additional information required by UCD including the completed online supplemental
application and supporting documentation by Tuesday, 1 November 2016.
Candidates who have studied and will
complete a degree in an appropriate biological science may be considered for
the 4- year Graduate programme in Veterinary Medicine with the award of MVB.
Physics (w/ lab)
Biochemistry (w/ lab)
General inorganic chemistry
all required courses should be completed prior to August of the year
Undergraduate Programme MVB
Those candidates with a non-science
degree or lacking some prerequisites will be considered entry to the 5-year MVB
none required. GRE results will be considered if submitted.
requirements and considerations
A minimum of two references (one
from an academic source, and one from a veterinary surgeon)
Applicants are expected to have
gained relevant work experience of handling animals. This should, where
possible, include not only seeing veterinary practice, but also spending time
on livestock farms and other animal establishments.
ADMISSIONS SUMMARY (FOR ENTRY IN 2016)
FOR THE 2015-2016
* For up-to-date information on
fees and all further information regarding admission to the University College
Dublin, please visit our web site www.ucd.ie.
Last Updated 3/18/2016 sam