Profile of the Programme

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Veterinary Medicine:
During their studies students gain knowledge about the life and health of domestic animals through research and experience. The notions of 'health' and 'domestic animals' are both used in their broadest senses.

Health:
Health maintenance: hygiene and disease prevention, nutrition, animal welfare.
Treatment: medication, surgery, obstetrics, reproduction, etc.
Health with regard to performance (e.g. race horses), production and yield (inclusive selection and biotechnology), herd health control Antemortem and postmortem inspection with regard to the supervision of food of animal origin (meat inspection).

Domestic animals:
Farm animals: ruminants, pigs, poultry, rabbits, mink, chicken, turkey, fish, bees
Pet animals: horse, dog, cat, bird, etc.
Laboratory animals: guinea pigs, mice, rats, etc.
Because of the wide variety of the studies veterinarians can be employed in many different branches of professional life


The studies in veterinary medicine extend over a period of 6 years, three of which are termed the first cycle (bachelor years) and the remaining three the second cycle (master years). The curriculum starts with the study of physics, chemistry, botany an zoology. In addition, the cellular and tissue structures are studied and 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. This 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.

During the three master 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 all kinds of diseases are considered. Among the examination methods used are radiology, echography, analysis, etc.

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 second master year, apart from their general courses, students have to choose between two packets of elective courses; companion animal cluster and large animal cluster annex veterinary public health.

In the third master year cycle students have to make a choice between the following training programmes:

 

Along with the option, a number of elective courses are to be chosen. In this way education and clinical training have become species-oriented to a large extent.

In the third master year students have to write a masterproof. It aims at making students familiar with the literature, with looking up literature data and with the writing of a report or a review.

Consequently, students of the second cycle cope with a heavy workload.

Departures from the Scheduled Academic Calendar for this Study Programme

Students of the master's program can follow internships and clinics during the summer recess, the second examination period and the feedback week; prior to the academic year in which the course is included in the student's curriculum, provided they meet the conditions.

Work Placements and Clinics during Summer Recess Prior to Start of Academic Year

Internships / clinics can be organized in the summer recess of the current academic year (provided that these students are enrolled in the current academic year) for students who will include these internships / clinics in their curriculum in the following academic year.

Law, Decree or European Guidelines the Study Programme complies with
This degree complies with the minimum training requirements for veterinarians relevant for the automatic recognition of their qualification throughout the EU as described in the EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications, i.e. article 38 of the Directive 2005/36/EC as amended by Directive 2013/55/EU (see Annex 1).
Further details are provided by the EU Directive 2005/36/EC Annex 5.4.1, which is currently being amended in the Directive 2013/55/EU by the EU Commission under the Delegated Act procedure
Legal Requirements regarding Professional Duties the Diploma complies with
This degree complies with the minimum training requirements for veterinarians relevant for the automatic recognition of their qualification throughout the EU as described in the EU Directive on the recognition of professional qualifications, i.e. article 38 of the Directive 2005/36/EC as amended by Directive 2013/55/EU (see Annex 1).
Further details are provided by the EU Directive 2005/36/EC Annex 5.4.1, which is currently being amended in the Directive 2013/55/EU by the EU Commission under the Delegated Act procedure
European Directive Professional Qualifications 2005/36/EC

The study programme complies with the requirements concerning admission to the regulated profession of 'Dierenarts' as laid down in the Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union on the recognition of professional qualifications.