Pre-Veterinary Study Abroad Programme

UCD has developed an exciting new Pre-Veterinary Study Abroad Programme.

Students registering to the programme, which will be coordinated by the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, in collaboration with the AVMA accredited UCD School of Veterinary Medicine, will have access to relevant modules offered by the UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, as well as option modules from the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies.

Students enrolling to Animal Physiology (semester one), Animal Physiology 2 (semester two) and Principles of Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare (semester two) will have an opportunity to receive lectures from UCD School of Veterinary Medicine academic staff within the internationally regarded UCD Herd Health Group.

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Programme Options
Students may register to attend one semester (30 credits) or two semesters (60 credits). Semesters in UCD run from September - December (Semester one) and January - May (Semester two).

Module Information and Assessment
At UCD we call classes/courses ‘modules’. Students completing semester one and two at UCD will have an opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules. Specific Stage three semester two modules on the Pre-Veterinary Study Abroad Programme are assessed in the March Fieldwork/Study period.

International students are expected to undertake examinations in accordance with University regulations. Increasingly, project and class-based work forms a component of the assessment process. Formal examinations are set at the end of each semester in December and May.

Credit Transfer
UCD will send an official transcript of exam results to the student's home institution. Your home institution decides on credits to be awarded for modules pursued at UCD.

Facilities
The Agriculture and Food Science Centre provides excellent learning support facilities for our visiting students, including a purpose built Food Science building with dedicated food laboratories and a sensory suite.

UCD Lyons Research Farm is the teaching and research facility operated by University College Dublin outside Newcastle, Co Kildare. The farm consists of approximately 220 hectares and is an important resource for the School’s of Agriculture and Food Science and Veterinary Medicine.

Programme Supports 
Study Abroad students will be part of the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and linked to a peer mentor who is a second or third year UCD student. Many of our peer mentors will have spent a semester studying abroad and are familiar with the student experience.

Supports and initiatives such as tutorials, laboratories and continuous assessment are designed to assist students along the way. Students will be required to undertake and be examined in up to six subjects each semester, ensuring a manageable workload.

There are a wide range of modules available at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, many of which commonly provide part of the pre-requisites for entry to veterinary school.

Semester One Timetable

Students are required to complete 30 credits per semester including:

Four modules from the following list:

  • ANSC30010 Animal Reproduction (5 credits)
  • ANSC30020 Animal Breeding 1 (5 credits)
  • ANSC30030 Animal Genomics (5 credits)
  • ANSC30120 Non Ruminant Animal Production (5 credits)
  • ANSC30170 Animal Physiology 1 (5 credits)
  • ANSC30190 Equine Anatomy and Physiology of Exercise (5 credits)
  • ANSC30210 Equine Industries (5 credits)
  • ANSC30250 Equine Genetics (5 credits)
  • ANSC30400 Beef Production (5 credits)
  • ANSC30410 Dairy Production (5 credits)
  • ANSC40010 Applied Animal Reproduction (5 credits)
  • AESC40150 Wildlife Conservation (5 credits)

One module from the following list:

  • IRST30150 Ireland Uncovered (5 credits)
  • ARCH20170 Discovering Ireland: Landscape and Heritage (5 credits)
  • RDEV10160 Introduction to Humanitarian Action (5 credits)

A full description of all modules can be found here

 

Semester Two Timetable

Students are required to complete 30 credits per semester including:

Four modules from the following list:

  • ANSC10010 Introduction to Animal Science (5 credits)
  • ANSC20010 Genetics and Biotechnology (5 credits)
  • ANSC20020 Animal Nutrition 1 (5 credits)
  • ANSC20050 Principles of Dairy Production (5 credits)
  • ANSC30040 Animal Nutrition 2 (5 credits)
  • ANSC30050 Experimental Design and Data Analysis (5 credits)
  • ANSC30100 Applied Biotechnology (5 credits)
  • ANSC30130 Principles of Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare (5 credits)
  • ANSC30150 Animal Physiology 2 (5 credits)
  • ANSC30340 Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management (5 credits)
  • ANSC30350 Equine Nutrition (5 credits)
  • FDSC40150 Introduction to the National and Global Food sector (5 credits)

One module from the following list:

  • AESC40200 Conservation Genetics (5 credits)
  • ANSC40060 Animal Breeding 2 (5 credits)
  • PHPS40230 One Health (5 credits)

One module from the following list:

  • IRST30150 Ireland Uncovered (5 credits)
  • ARCH20170 Discovering Ireland: Landscape and Heritage (5 credits)
  • AMST30060 Ireland and the US (5 credits)

 

A full description of all modules can be found here

At UCD we call classes/courses ‘modules. Details of modules are available to browse on UCDs onlinecourse catalogue at www.ucd.ie/students/course_search.htm Students who are accepting onto the Pre-Veterinary programme must take the appropriate number of modules per list from the prescribe curriculum.

Assessment is based on a combination of in-semester components such as projects, class based assignments and formal examinations which take place at the end of each trimester in December and May.

The fees and codes for the programme are:

  • CA32 Study Abroad Pre-Veterinary (Trimester 1 - Autumn) 
  • CA33 Study Abroad Pre-Veterinary (Trimester 2 - Spring) 
  • CA01 Study Abroad Pre-Veterinary (Full -Year) 

 

To be eligible for any UCD Study Abroad Programme, you must hold a GPA of 3.0 or above. You must submit your transcript and a copy of your passport as part of the application process.

 

Applications are made on-line at www.ucd.ie/apply

(Start a new application and select “Course Finder” to access the full Study Abroad programme list.

 

Select the appropriate Agriculture codes: CA32 Fall CA33 Spring Full Year CA01)

Full-year or first trimester (Fall)                   June 1st

Second trimester (Spring)                           October 25th

UCD will mail an official academic transcript of your final exam grades to your home institution at the end of the trimester. Your home institution will decide on credits to be awarded for modules pursued at UCD. You do not need to request a transcript.

Students can be housed on-campus in shared apartments with their own single room. On-campus rooms are not guaranteed.

 The accommodation booking process is managed centrally by UCDGlobal so you will be notified in advance of application dates and deadlines. Alternatively, and by request, UCD Global facilitates students in suitable off-campus housing in private rented houses/apartments in Dublin but on a convenient bus route to UCD. 

You are invited to research the on-campus accommodation options on www.ucd.ie/residences and direct any query via email to residences@ucd.ie

One of the essential elements of the study abroad experience is for international students to experience the richness of Irish society and culture.  The UCD Global complimentary cultural/social programme will offer you the opportunity to learn about Irish culture through a series of excursions and field trips in Dublin and across the island of Ireland. 

Study abroad students will receive a schedule of planned cultural/social activities prior to arriving at UCD. Some excursions include day trips to Waterford City, Galway City and Kilkenny City and much more.

For additional information on the Pre-Veterinary Study Abroad Programme contact:

Contact Us

Paddy Glennon
Programme Administrator (International)
UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science (Room G10 Ground Floor)
University College Dublin

Belfield
Dublin 4 Ireland

T:  +353 1 716 7353 E: paddy.glennon@ucd.ie