Vetsuisse Faculty (University of Zurich and the University of Bern)

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Vetsuisse Faculty (University of Zurich and the University of Bern) is a destination in Switzerland for MA students veterinary medicine after completion of the differentiated part of the masterprogramme.

Areas of study open to exchange students

Electives, clinical rotations and research.

Number of places available

2 (this number indicates the places available for study/electives and clinical rotations).

Student experiences

For student experiences - ervaringsverhalen please go to the Blackboard Community of the International Office of Veterinary Medicine (only accessible for veterinary medicine students).


VetSuisse Bern
VetSuisse Zurich

Social Media

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Zurich -


Academic calendar

Bern/ Zurich
Fall semester: August 1 through January 31 (lecture period starts mid-September)

Spring semester: February 1 through July 31 (lecture period starts mid-February)

More information can be found here. (rotations go year round)


When following electives (MA) a German language test at B2 level is needed. For following clinical electives students need to have an English B2 level (not necessary to hand in a language test).

Course catalogue

Information for rotations and veterinary courses in Bern click here.
Please note; for clinical rotations at Bern you need to apply before April 30 for the upcoming Academic year. So plan ahead!

Information for type of rotations in Zurich click here
Please note; for clinical rotations at Zurich you need to apply before the end of the calendar year for the rotations you want to follow in the next academic year.
(i.e. year end of 2024 for the rotations Aug 2025 - July 2026)

To get nominated please contact the international office of veterinary medicine.

Courses at Master’s level


Courses taught in English

For the clinical rotations clinics will switch to English. Please note: patient owners don’t necessarily speak English.


Living in Bern - accommodation

Living in Zurich – accommodation

Estimated living costs per month

Approximately CHF 1500-1800 per month.
Estimated cost of living

Switzerland has a SEMP scholarship instead of Erasmus+. For more information click here.


Per full-time week 1,5 ECTS


Not necessary if you have a European nationality.

International Office Diergeneeskunde

Ideeën en vragen?

Je kunt bij het International Office (IO) Diergeneeskunde terecht met al je vragen over het volgen van onderwijs in het buitenland.

Het International Office bestaat uit: 
Inge Hordijk (coördinator) en Fabiënne van der Sijs.


Heb je een afspraak op locatie? Je kunt op de 1e verdieping in het studielandschap wachten bij het bankje bij de giraf.