The first year of the Bachelor’s curriculum focuses on bringing the basic sciences up to university level. This is the purpose of course units such as Medical Physics, Inorganic and Bio-organic Chemistry. Mathematics does not feature as a separate course unit, but is integrated into the Medical Physics and Statistics course units instead. You acquire the basics of statistical data processing in veterinary research and you receive an introduction to ICT (information and communication technology). In the first term you will also study the different breeds as well as an introduction to animal behaviour and animal ethics. Throughout the year, you study the evolution, diversity, general anatomy and organ functions of pets. In the second term, you learn which cells and tissues constitute an animal's body. Finally, the economic aspects of livestock farming and the general principles of veterinary public health are discussed.
The second year of the Bachelor’s curriculum continues with the study of the healthy animal. The study of anatomy is a direct preparation for the clinical course units in the Master’s curriculum. You gain insight into what are normal tissue and organ functions and are also introduced to what can go wrong at this level. You acquire in-depth knowledge of biochemical conversions in animal organisms. And in addition, you are introduced to a second section of veterinary public health with a focus on nutritional and environmental chemistry. You acquire an understanding of molecular and general genetics, and of biosecurity and animal housing. Finally, you develop clinical and communication skills.
The third bachelor year has a mainly paraclinical focus. You gain insight into general surgery, the various pathogens, animal nutrition and immunology. You study deviations from the normal constitution and bodily functions, as well as the embryological development of various animal breeds. Basic insights into pharmacology, a third section of veterinary public health, an extension of your skills and an orientation work placement conclude the third year.
The first and second year of the Master’s curriculum thoroughly cover the entire spectrum of veterinary medicine. You study various diseases and deviations. In addition, there is a strong focus on the animal as a food source, veterinary rules and regulations and ethics. Halfway through the second Master’s year you will have a curricular choice between small pets, utility animals or horses. The third year, then offers you a choice of five main subjects. Depending on your choice of main subject you spend 17 (or more) weeks in one of our on-campus clinics (a combination of day, night and weekend shifts) and/or you embark on a work placement at a veterinary practice, or on company visits. Assignments in the context of the Master’s dissertation are staggered across the three years of the Master’s curriculum. You will be asked to discuss a number of clinical case studies and to sit a theoretical as well as a practical clinical final exam. This makes up the fourth and last component of the Master's dissertation.
A Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine also grants access to Master's degrees other than the ones listed here. Take a look at the ‘After Graduation’ tab for a detailed overview.