Erasmus Program - Ruminant Health & Medicine

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Geert Opsomer, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECAR (

Department of Obstetrics, Reproduction & Herd Health


12 weeks during the beginning of the academic year (Autumn semester i.e. September – december 2008). 

Clinical training (clinics):

  • Internal Medicine: 1 week (day-shift) + 1 week (day- and night shift)
  • Pathology: 1 week (day-shift)
  • Surgery: 1 week (day-shift) + 1 week (day- and night shift)
  • Reproduction and Obstetrcis: 1 week (day-shift) + 1 week (day- and night shift)
  • Ambulatory clinic: 2 weeks (day-shift) + 1 week (day- and night shift)
  • Herd Health: 1 week (day-shift)

Practical training: 

  • Internal Medicine :
    • Ultrasound and the use of advanced diagnostic techniques
    • Interpretation of blood results
  • Surgery:
    • Practical training suture techniques
    • Surgery of the digit and claws
    • Practical training of explorative laparotomia
  • Reproduction
    • Practical training ultrasonography
    • Practical training artificial insemination

Case discussions:

  • At the end of each clinical training week the student prepares and presents a clinical case he took care during the week
  • Discussion of clinical cases in group in collaboration with the vets working in the clinics and the non-clinical departments
  • Participation in some practically oriented courses concerning herd health

Evaluation of the student:

  • Permanent evaluation (on a weekly basis) per clinical training week

Number of incoming students:

  • 4 students per academic year  can follow this program