Become a veterinarian in the farm animal sector

Would you like to become a veterinarian in the farm animal sector? And are you a current student of the Bachelor’s programme in Animal Sciences at Wageningen University & Research? If so, then consider taking the Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor. This minor prepares you to get off to a good start in the Master’s programme in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health. This Master’s programme falls under the Master’s in Veterinary Medicine, which trains you to become a general veterinarian.

Basics in veterinary medicine minor

The Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor introduces you to the most relevant diseases in all animal species: companion animals, horses and farm animals (ruminants, pigs and poultry). You learn what causes diseases, how certain disease symptoms arise, which diagnostic options are available and how to clinically examine and treat sick animals. You also learn how to ensure that a group of animals stays healthy, and how to prevent people from getting sick from eating animal products.

minor = a coherent package of (at least) four optional subjects dealing with a specific topic

The minor is organised in semester 2 (periods 3 and 4)** and includes 30 ECTS (credits), with four required courses worth 7.5 ECTS each.

  • Course 1. Skin, blood, circulation & respiration, kidneys
  • Course 2. Digestion, hepatobiliary system, metabolism & endocrinology, pharmacy/pharmacology
  • Course 3. Neurology - senses & anaesthesiology, locomotion, cross-organ disorders, reproduction
  • Course 4. Cell biology, anatomy, histology, along with clinical reasoning and clinical diagnostics

Courses will largely be taught online, with weekly contact hours at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

OTHER FEATURES

  • Course material is in English
  • Format (full-time/part-time): full-time

More detailed course descriptions, assessment methods etc. will be available by 1 October 2020.

Once you begin the first course of the minor, you must complete the minor within a maximum of two years.

**The academic year at Utrecht University consists of two semesters which include two periods each. The academic calendar contains more information about semesters, periods and important dates for the 2020-2021 academic year at Utrecht University.

The minor is open to Bachelor’s students of the following programme:

  • Animal Sciences (Wageningen University & Research) with the Animal Management and Care major or the Biological Functioning of Animals major

Start date for Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor: Monday 8 February 2021. Consult Utrecht University’s academic calendar for more information about semesters, periods and important dates.

You can apply to the Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor and corresponding courses by completing the application form during Utrecht University’s standard enrolment periods. Changes are possible during the post-enrolment periods, unless the minor has reached the maximum number of candidates after the enrolment period or there are no candidates.

The application form will be available by 1 October 2020.

Good to know:

  • based on your completed application form, the Veterinary Medicine programme will enrol you in the Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor and corresponding courses
  • if the number of applications exceeds the number of available spaces (max. = 24), placement will be determined by lottery in accordance with the above restriction

Successful completion of the Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor offers students the opportunity to be admitted to the Master’s programme in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health. Completing the minor does not guarantee admission to the Master’s programme in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health. Visit the website of the Master’s programme in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health for a full list of the admission requirements.

Want to know more?

Contact the veterinary medicine programme, email: masteradmissions.vet@uu.nl

Master's Open Day

Would you like to learn more about the Basics in Veterinary Medicine minor and the Master’s programme in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health? You are welcome to attend the online Master's Open Day for the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University.

International recognition

The Master’s in Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health is a programme within the Master’s in Veterinary Medicine. It trains you to become a general veterinarian. The Veterinary Medicine programme is accredited in Europe (EAEVE) and in the United States and Canada (AVMA/CVMA). This means you can work as a veterinarian in the Netherlands and other European countries, as well as in the United States and Canada.

This minor does not prepare you for the Master’s programmes in Equine Sciences and Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and birds). These Master’s programmes are only open to students with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from Utrecht University.