Prep programme Master's Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health

Have you obtained a Bachelor's degree (or 180 EC) in Veterinary Medicine from an EAEVE accredited veterinary school, but are you not yet a certified veterinarian? Are you excited by the prospect of being part of the continuous progress of the farm animal sector with respect to animal welfare, health performance, food safety and veterinary public health? Then join the Utrecht Summer School preparation programme called ‘Veterinary Medicine: Bridging programme for the MSc Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health’ in the summer of 2019. (If you have not yet obtained the entire 180 EC, you can still apply.)

The preparation programme is a four-week course (6 EC) and takes place on site, using the facilities and animals of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

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Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health

The Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health of the MSc Veterinary medicine trains students to the degree of doctor in veterinary medicine (DVM). During this programme students acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and professional conduct to perform as a veterinarian in the sector of veterinary medicine for farm animals (ruminants, pigs and poultry) regarding both individual animals as well as herds with respect to animal health, human health and animal welfare.

The curriculum consists mainly of intramural and extramural clerkships including theoretical education, basic rotations and a research project. Students will also have the opportunity to choose a minor focused on ‘One Health', ‘Governance and Policy’, ‘Research’, ‘Animal Welfare Management’ or ‘In Depth Clinical Training’.

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Facts and figures

  • Title: MSc
  • Master’s degree in: Veterinary Medicine
  • Programme: Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health
  • Croho code: 66570
  • Status: full-time
  • Faculty: Veterinary Medicine
  • Language: Dutch
  • Duration: 3 year
  • Credits*: 180

    * One year consists of 60 ECTS, which is equivalent to 42 weeks of 40 hours of study.

More detailed information of the Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health.

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International accreditation

Utrecht University is the only university in the Netherlands with a Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The quality of the Dutch veterinary education is internationally recognized by the AVMA and the EAEVE and contributes to the high level of veterinary performance in the Dutch animal sector as exemplified by optimizing disease prevention at the population level and minimizing antibiotic use. Faculty graduates can build a career almost anywhere in the world. Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University is ranked third at the QS World University Rankings 2019.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The preparation programme at Utrecht Summer School:

Who is this course for?

This preparation programme is aimed exclusively at students who have an EAEVE-accredited degree (or 180 EC) in Veterinary Medicine, but who are not yet certified veterinarians, and who are interested in qualifying for application to Utrecht University’s Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health (three-year programme). If you have not yet obtained the entire 180 EC, you can still apply.

If you are not sure whether you have the right qualifications, please contact us prior to application (contact information below).

Which veterinary schools in Europe are currently accredited by the EAEVE?

A list of accredited schools is available on the EAEVE website: https://www.eaeve.org/esevt/establishments-status.html.

I want to apply, but I have not yet received my diploma: what should I do?

If this is only an administrative problem (e.g. you have already met all requirements for the Bachelor’s degree (or 180 EC), but will not receive the actual diploma before the course registration closes), your veterinary school may be able to provide you with a transcript of your grades or with another document that states you have met the requirements of the degree. Make sure you upload this document when you apply.

If you are not able to provide this documentation (yet), but you expect to fulfil the requirements by June 2019, please contact us (contact information below). Also, if you have not yet obtained the entire 180 EC, you can still apply.

Will there be a formal examination?

Yes, students will be graded by means of a formal examination. Elements of the examination are a written exam, an OSCE, and the grading of a narrative review. Detailed information about the examination will appear in the day-to-day-programme on the Utrecht University Summer School website at the end of January 2019.

What happens if I don’t pass the examination?

Students who want to become admissible to Utrecht University’s Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health, need to pass all parts of the examination. This means that on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest), all separate exams must be graded with a 5,5 or higher.
Re-examination is only possible for the written examinations; the narrative review and the OSCE cannot be re-examined.

Will this summer course be organized again in 2020?

This summer course is currently a pilot. That means that the course will be evaluated in August/September 2019 and the Faculty Board will then decide whether the course will be offered again in 2020.

What is the level of English required for this summer course?

Although there are no English language requirements for this course, you should keep in mind that the course is an Advanced Bachelor’s and that there are English language requirements for the Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health (see below).

The Master’s programme Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health (FAVPH):

I do not have a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine obtained at Utrecht University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, what are the application requirements to the FAVPH Master’s programme?

You can only apply to the programme, if you:

  • Have a degree in Veterinary Medicine (or 180 EC) from an EAEVE-accredited veterinary school, but are not yet a certified veterinarian; AND
  • Have completed the preparation programme (offered as a four-week summer course at the Utrecht University Summer School), and have passed all course exams (score of 5,5 or higher for every part of the examination); AND
  • Meet the language requirements (see below).
What are the language requirements?

When you apply for the FAVPH Master’s, you need to show a proficiency in both Dutch and English.

Dutch language requirements

We accept the following qualifications as proof of proficiency in Dutch:

  • Preferred: Certificaat Nederlands als Vreemde Taal: ‘Educatief Professioneel’ (previously: PAT) or 'Educatief Startbekwaam' (previously: PTHO).
  • NT2, programme 2 (Dutch as a second language, level 2).

If you are a native speaker of Dutch with a foreign diploma, please contact Mrs. M. Hoogeveen (m.hoogeveen1@uu.nl) for more information.

English language requirements

Utrecht University accepts the following qualifications as proof of proficiency in English:

  • Preferred: IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing.
  • TOEFL, Internet based. Minimum score: 93, institutional scores are not accepted. The TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062.
  • Cambridge Certificates
    • Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE). Minimum score: 176 total, 169 writing
    • Cambridge English C2 Proficiency (CPE). Minimum score: 180 total, 169 writing
    • Cambridge Michigan Language Assessment ECPE, C2 Certificate.

You are considered to be proficient in English and do not need to provide a test score if:

  • You obtained your secondary school diploma in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa

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I completed the summer course and passed all the exams. How do I apply to the FAVPH Master’s programme and when can I start?

All students who complete the summer course and pass the exams will receive additional information about the registration process to the FAVPH Master’s programme. They will be able to start the programme no sooner than January 2020.

I completed the summer course and passed all the exams, but I do not wish to apply to the programme yet. Is there a limit to the validity of my Summer School certificate?

Yes, there is. The grades you receive in the summer of 2019, will expire in June 2021.

I saw on your website that Utrecht University also offers Master’s programmes in Equine Health and in Companion Animals. Can I also apply to one of these programmes?

No, you cannot apply to any other Master’s programme than the FAVPH programme.

Once I start the FAVPH Master’s programme, will I follow the same study programme as students who entered the programme via Utrecht University’s Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine?

Yes, everyone in the FAVPH Master’s programme follows the same study programme and does the same examination.

Once I complete the FAVPH Master’s programme, will I have the same qualifications as students who entered the programme via Utrecht University’s Bachelor’s in Veterinary Medicine?

Yes, everyone who completes the FAVPH Master’s programme and who meets the programme’s graduation requirements will graduate as a generally certified veterinarian.

What is the language of the FAVPH Master’s programme?

The current Master’s programme is Dutch.

Other questions?

Please contact the Educational and Student Affairs Office of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Utrecht University) via Mrs. M. Hoogeveen, e-mail: masteradmissions.vet@uu.nl.