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University College Dublin

Veterinary Medicine Degree Programme

VMCAS Veterinary Medicine Applications
UCD Admissions Office
Tierney Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: 00 353 1 716 1555


UCD is the sole provider of a veterinary medicine degree programme on the island of Ireland, and enjoys a long and proud tradition in the provision of veterinary edu­cation. 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 in Europe.


Dublin at a Glance

·          8th best student city in the world

·          Official UNESCO City of Literature

·          European City of Science 2012

·          Popular Dublin Bikes public cycling scheme

·          Famous for music, literature and theatre

·          5000 acres of green space, including Europe’s largest urban park

·          Travel hub for easy access to Europe

·          EU headquarters for Google, Facebook and many other international MNCs



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 delivering of a truly international campus. Your experience as a vet student will guarantee life-long friendships.



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. Our pro­gramme 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 of healthy and sick animals, the prevention, recognition, control and treatment of their diseases and the welfare and productivity of livestock. Veterinarians also safe-guard 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 comparative medicine.

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), in government service (animal health, food safety, public health), in research or in 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 Programme is organised into four stages. Dur­ing Stage 2 students will take combined modules with students on the Veterinary Medicine programme aimed at school-leavers. In Semesters 1 and 2 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. As the programme progresses students will learn clinical skills and study each of the clinical sciences using a “body systems” approach. Be­ginning in stage 1 students are required to complete a minimum of 34 weeks of practical extra-mural ex­perience to be completed by stage 4 according to the specifications/ regulations for Extra Mural Studies (EMS). The final year of the programme consists of clinical rotations in UCD 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 Surgeries, Diagnostic Imaging, Anesthesiology, Small and Large Animal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Reproduc­tion, Herd Health, Population Medicine, Diagnostic Pathology, a rotation in shelter medicine is provided in collaboration with the Dogs Trust, and Clinical Pathology. Assessments at the end of this clinical year are through Objective Structured Clinical Examina­tions (OSCEs) and Clinical Proficiency Examinations (CPEs). 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 extra-mural experience).


For specific application information (availability, fees and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above. For further information on entry to the Republic of Ireland, please refer to www. (i.e., students must also be able to ensure adequate financial support for the duration of their programme).


Course requirements

4-Year Graduate Entry Programme

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.

Course completion deadline: all required courses should be completed prior to August of the year of admission.

5-Year Undergraduate Programme MVB

Those candidates with a non-science degree or lacking some prerequisites will be considered entry to the 5-year MVB programme.

Standardized examinations: none required. GRE results will be considered if submitted.

Additional requirements and considerations

Applicants are also 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.

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