University College Dublin

Veterinary Medicine Degree Programme

VMCAS Veterinary Medicine Applications
UCD Admissions Office
Tierney Building
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
Tel: +353 1 7166100


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 in Europe.

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 http://www.ucd.ie/international.


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 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), 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, www.ucd.ie/vetmed.

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. 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).


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 2017 are as follows:

4 year Graduate Entry programme: €36,300*

5 year MVB programme:  €30,700*  

For further information on entry to the Republic of Ireland, please refer to www.educationireland.com.

* 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.



VMCAS application deadline: Friday , September 15, 2017 at 12 Midnight Eastern Time

Interviews: January/February (held in the US)

Date acceptances mailed: early April

Deposit (to hold place in class): €2,000, required by early March

Deferments: Not applicable


Academic performance (a minimum GPA of 3.2 is required)

References/evaluations (minimum 2 required-one from academic science source and one from a veterinary surgeon)

1 page personal statement 

Record of 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 December onwards. Classes begin in early September with compulsory orientation taking place prior to the start of classes.


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 Requirements Full Semester
Physics (w/ lab)
Biochemistry (w/ lab)
General biology 1
General inorganic chemistry 1
Microbiology 1
Cellular biology 1

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 or sufficient relevant experience 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

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.


Resident: 95

Non-Resident: 35

Last Updated 3/21/2017 srb

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