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UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

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Professional Doctorate

Doctorate of Veterinary Medical Specialisation

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine offers a professional doctorate programme, the Doctorate of Veterinary Medical Specialisation, paralleling the requirements of a variety of residency programmes approved in UCD by the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation. The professional doctorate programme is one of advanced education and training, incorporating taught elements, supervised professional practice and supervised research. All three elements collectively form the basis of examination for the award of the degree of DVMS.

Taught modules: 20 ECTS. These credits are from a menu of appropriate Level 4 or 5 modules offered in the School and elsewhere in the University.

Professional practice: 200 ECTS comprising 100 ECTS in Stage I and 100 ECTS in Stage 2 of the programme. The professional practice elements will require maintenance and assessment of a relevant portfolio, case log and contribution to development of new knowledge through contributions to outreach activity, presentations to professional societies, and peer-reviewed publications as well as demonstration of a set of core competencies as defined by the discipline.

Research Thesis: The remainder of the DVMS programme relates to original doctoral research activity. The thesis will require the candidates to demonstrate original and substantive contribution to knowledge, and will involve a structured review of the literature relevant to the area of professional practice. A minimum of two peer reviewed publications will be required at the time of presentation of the dissertation (professional practice report and thesis).

The programme is offered in two stages, with a stage transfer assessment after year 1. The programme is offered on a full-time basis, requiring a minimum of 3 years FTE attendance with an optional extension in year 4. The programme is only open to candidates enrolled as a Resident in an EBVS approved residency progamme in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Details on available residency programmes are available on the UCD Veterinary Hospital website.