Ruminant Health & Medicine

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

Department of Obstetrics, Reproduction & Herd Health


PERIOD:                   12 weeks during the beginning of the academic year (1st semester i.e. September – December)


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


    • Practical training suture techniques
    • Surgery of the digit and claws
    • Practical training of explorative laparotomia


    • 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 that he/she did the follow-up of 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