Welcome - Fáilte - from Professor Michael Doherty, Dean & Head of School

As Dean and Head of School, I take great pleasure and pride in welcoming you to the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, the only school of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Ireland.  Accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI), our MVB degree programme is one of only five in Europe fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  Our School is currently ranked 29th in the World QS rankings of veterinary schools, and Veterinary Science sits proudly as the highest QS world university-ranked subject in UCD.

Our unique 4-year BSc programme in Veterinary Nursing is accredited by the EU Accreditation Committee for Veterinary Nurse Education (ACOVENE) and the VCI.  In addition to research masters (MVM, MSc) and PhD programmes, we also offer a 4-year graduate entry Veterinary Medicine programme, a Doctorate of Veterinary Medical Specialisation (DVMS), on-line graduate certificates in Dairy Herd Health, Small Animal Medicine, Equine Sports Medicine and in Training on Experimental Animal Use, Regulations and Procedures (TEARAP). Our School has a global scope, attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the world including the US, Canada, India, China and throughout the EU. Our multicultural faculty includes academics from many European countries including the UK, Netherlands, Finland and Italy as well as colleagues from the US, South Africa, Jamaica and India.

Ethos, Core Values – We Support One and Other - Tugaimid tacaíocht dá chéile

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine has an ethos founded on a collaborative way of working together, acknowledging and appreciating each other in a supportive community.  The School shares the core values of this great university – excellence, integrity, collegiality, engagement and diversity.

Our Vision - Delivering Excellence – a Vet School to Flourish – Go dtiocfadh borradh faoi scoil tréidliachta

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine - a world leader in innovative clinical training, education and ‘One Health’ research, delivering excellence aligned with societal and global challenges and the needs of veterinary professionals and veterinary scientists, and offering a student experience that is second to none.

Our Mission

To contribute to the flourishing of society in Ireland, Europe and the world through:

  • Training Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing graduates to the highest international standards
  • The advancement and communication of knowledge by research and scholarship
  • Providing the highest quality of care for our animal patients   

Read about Michael’s journey to the Dean’s Office in an interview with the Veterinary Ireland Journal here

Follow the Dean on Twitter: @dohertyvetdean

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