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
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.
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
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
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.
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, www.ucd.ie/vetmed.
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. educationireland.com (i.e., students must also be
able to ensure adequate financial support for the duration of their programme).
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
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.
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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