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UCD Veterinary Medicine is the only centre for veterinary medical education in Ireland. It enjoys a long and proud tradition, and the school has achieved an international reputation. It provides excellent facilities for the care of animals and offers outstanding training opportunities for veterinary medical and veterinary nursing students.

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About Veterinary Medicine & Animal Science

UCD Veterinary Medicine is one of the leading veterinary schools in Europe. As well as having Irish and European accreditation, it has also been granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), whose educational standards of excellence are recognised worldwide as the gold standard in veterinary education. Our state-of-the-art facility in the Veterinary Sciences Centre, on UCD’s main Belfield campus, is also home to the UCD Veterinary Hospital. The hospital offers high quality veterinary services for both farm and companion animals, and this caseload provides vital opportunities for our students to complete their clinical training requirements.

Our facilities, our staff and the environment of a major research-intensive university allow us to expand the frontiers of knowledge in veterinary research, thus advancing animal health, animal welfare and human health. This research informs our educational programmes to give our students a world-class education, whether they are studying to be veterinary nurses, veterinarians, veterinary specialists, or pursuing advanced research degrees.

From the very start, you will receive a strong grounding in normal animal structure and function, animal handling, welfare, nutrition, breeding and management, ensuring you are well prepared for your later study. As well as lectures, small group tutorials and practical classes are a great way to get to know your fellow students and make new friends.

In first year you will benefit from a mix of campus-based and off-site educational experiences. At the Veterinary Sciences Centre in Belfield, you will study the foundations of biomedical science, while at Lyons Estate Research Farm you will have practical sessions to help you handle a variety of animal species safely, and learn about their normal management, feeding and breeding. You will also have the opportunity to study elective modules from the wide menu provided right across the University, as well as being introduced to university life and a wide range of clubs and societies.

Among our accomplished alumni of UCD Veterinary are:
  • Mr. John Oxx, Horse Racing
  • Mr. Dermot Weld, Horse Racing
  • Mr. Brian Dooher, Tyrone Captain 2008 (All-Ireland Senior Football Champions 2008)