Prep programme Master's Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health

visit our Master’s Open Day in 2019!

Are you interested in the Master’s in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health? Do you want to know more about the 'Prep programme Master's Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health'? Please, visit our Master’s Open Day in 2019!

Master's Open Day 2019

The Master’s programme in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health will organise an information session about the programme (in Dutch and English) and facilitate the opportunity to ask questions and talk to teachers, students, and alumni.

Date: 9 October 2019
Location: Androclusgebouw, Yalelaan 1, Utrecht Science Park, Utrecht, The Netherlands
More information and pre-registration

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.

I plan to start my Master’s in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health this autumn with a research project
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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 Mrs. M. Hoogeveen, Policy Officer at the Department of Student Affairs at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, email: masteradmissions.vet@uu.nl.

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‘You Dutch people are just amazing’

This summer, four students are taking part in the pilot project ‘Prep programme for the Master’s in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health’. Malte from Germany is one of them. When he completes this programme, he wants to study at Utrecht University to complete his degree in Veterinary Medicine. He will be one of the first students to start the Master’s programme in Veterinary Medicine with an international previous education.

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Malte: ‘Originally, I am from Germany. After high school, I went to Canada in order to improve my English and at the same time work on a farm. That’s when I made the final decision to apply for vet school. After completing the first two years of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, I took the chance to gain some more international as well as practical experience and went abroad to Estonia, supported by the Erasmus programme. After all this traveling and an internship in Australia, it became clear to me that I really needed an international degree. So I contacted all the vet schools accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), including Utrecht.’

Some of the vet schools ignored Malte’s application, while others rejected it. He was welcome at the University of Sydney for 66,000 Australian dollar per semester… Fortunately, Miriam Hoogeveen, staff member at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, called Malte after reading the application.

Malte: ‘This pilot programme came at just the right moment for me. I always wanted to study farm animals. Thanks to Miriam’s amazing efforts and support, I am here now.’

Study programme

About the ‘Preparation programme for the Master’s in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health’, Malte says: ‘It is definitely hard work. Apart from going for a run to clear my head, there is not much free time this summer, but I really want to continue my studies in Utrecht. The programme in Utrecht has a different approach than I am used to. For instance, you learn about different subjects per organ system. In Hannover, we learned everything in subjects. So, I am very confident about what I know in some cases, but I still have some things to learn in others.’

‘If possible, I plan to start my Master’s in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health this autumn with a research project, or otherwise in January. I also have to learn Dutch. I don’t think that it will be much of a problem for German speakers and I expect to finish my Dutch exam in six weeks. I am very happy to study in Utrecht. The Veterinary Medicine programme is practical and flexible, while the student groups are small.’

Supportive staff members

Malte praises the support of the staff members at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine; especially Miriam Hoogeveen, Policy Officer at the Department of Student Affairs and Ruurd Jorritsma, lecturer at the Department of Farm Animal Health. ‘Miriam’s support convinced me to come to the Netherlands and Ruurd has also been extremely helpful. For instance, he jumped on his bike on a Saturday to create an extra opportunity for a clinical examination of a cow. You Dutch people are just amazing! I really love that!’

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Want to know more?

Please contact Mrs. M. Hoogeveen, Policy Officer at the Department of Student Affairs at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, email: masteradmissions.vet@uu.nl.