Undergraduate and graduate course

The faculty provides undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses. The first year of the undergraduate course starts with the study of physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. In addition courses on the cellular and tissue structures as well as courses on the recognition of different animal types and the assessment of their characteristics are taught. Finally, the study of biomedical statistics is included in the programme. The latter course intends to explain biological phenomena in a mathematical way.

During the second and third years of the first cycle the healthy animal is focused on. Its structure (anatomy, histology), its development (embryology) and its functions (physiology, biochemistry) are studied. Insight is acquired into the different pathogens (bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology), into animal nutrition, genetics as well as into immunology. The three years of undergraduate studies are awarded with the degree of kandidaat in de diergeneeskunde or in the near future bachelor of science

The degree of dierenarts(in the future Master of Science, veterinary degree) is obtained by students who successfully complete the three years of graduate studies. During these years students obtain a thorough professional training through lectures, practical exercises and clinical training, which cover the entire field of veterinary medicine. Causes, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention of diseases are considered. Radiology, echography are among the examination methods used.

Also subjects on animal food production, veterinary legislation and deontology are paid much attention to. Theoretical courses are supported by many practical exercises and much clinical training.

In the third year of the second cycle education and clinical training are species oriented. Students have to make a choice between the following training programmes:

  • pet animals
  • horses
  • ruminants
  • pigs, poultry and rabbits
  • research and industry.
Along with the option, a number of elective courses are to be chosen. In this way education and clinical training have mainly become species-oriented.

In this last year of graduate studies students have to write a thesis. It aims at making students familiar with the literature, with looking up literature data and with the writing of a report or a review.