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 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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.