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Undergraduate Programmes

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine offers three undergraduate degree programmes to prospective students: Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) and Veterinary Nursing. We invite you to find out more about our courses below.

Why Study with Us? 

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is the only centre for veterinary education in Ireland, and it enjoys a long and proud tradition.  As a leading Veterinary School, we provide excellent facilities for the care of animals and outstanding training opportunities for Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Nursing students.

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the leading veterinary schools in Europe. As well as having Irish and European accreditation, it has been granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), whose educational standards of excellence are recognised worldwide as the gold standard in veterinary education.

Our state-of-the-art facility in the Veterinary Sciences Centre, on UCD’s main Belfield campus, is also home to the UCD Veterinary Hospital. The hospital offers high-quality veterinary services for both farm and companion animals, and this caseload provides vital opportunities for our students to complete their clinical training requirements.

Our facilities, our staff and the environment of a major research-intensive university allow us to expand the frontiers of knowledge in veterinary research, thus advancing animal health, animal welfare and human health. This research informs our educational programmes to give our students a world-class education, whether they are studying to be veterinary nurses, veterinarians, veterinary specialists or pursuing advanced research degrees.

From the very start, you will receive a strong grounding in normal animal structure and function, animal handling, welfare, nutrition, breeding and management, ensuring you are well prepared for your later study. You will also be introduced to aspects of your development as a veterinary professional in preparation for the work environment after you graduate. As well as lectures, small group tutorials and practical classes are a great way to get to know your fellow students and make new friends.

In first year, you will benefit from a mix of campus-based and off-site educational experiences. At the Veterinary Sciences Centre in Belfield, you will study the foundations of Biomedical Science, while at UCD Lyons Farm, you will have practical sessions to help you handle a variety of animal species safely, and learn about their normal management, feeding and breeding. You will also have the opportunity to study elective modules from the wide selection available across the University, as well as being introduced to university life and a varied range of clubs and societies.

Welcome from the Dean of Veterinary Medicine

I am delighted to take this opportunity to extend a big UCD Vet School welcome, ‘céad míle fáilte,’ to the 1st year class of 2022. I would like to congratulate you all -  supported by your family and friends, you have worked hard and shown remarkable resilience in the most difficult of circumstances to get here. I welcome you to a School of Veterinary Medicine that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education; by the Veterinary Council of Ireland and for the first time in recent history, by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. I welcome you to a school of Veterinary Medicine that sits proudly at 33rd in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for veterinary science.  I welcome you to a flourishing school with a ‘One Health-One Welfare’ vision; to a school delivering excellence in education, research and clinical endeavour; to a school committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  I welcome you all to the UCD Vet School family.

Michael Doherty, Dean & Head of School

Useful Information for New Stage 1 Students

The School has put together some useful information for you in preparation to commencing your studies at the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine. We will be providing handbooks for each of the programmes to you all.

Please see this information at the following link: Useful Information for New Stage 1 Students

Please do not hesitate to contact the Programme Office if you have any queries.

UCD Vet School Office Team

Our Courses

For information on studying Veterinary Medicine click here. 

For information on studying Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) click here to access our course information page.

For information on studying Veterinary Nursing click here

Events for Prospective Students

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine runs a number of events for prospective students interested in studying with us. 

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine ran a Virtual Information Session for prospective students in September 2020 to give you further information on our degree programmes.

To view the recordings from the session click here

Each year the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine hosts a Summer School for CAO EU applicants applying to the DN300 Veterinary Medicine Programme.  Please Note: This programme is not open to students who have already completed their secondary/high school education.

***The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to announce that we will be offering  a
Summer School programme in Summer 2022.***
It will be held on campus for one day on each of the following dates, from 10am to 4pm:
Wednesday 29 June
Wednesday 6 July
We are currently finalising the schedule for the day, but it will be a mixture of interactive talks and demos, all designed to give you a flavour of what veterinary medicine is about.
The event will be free of charge.
Applications for the Summer School will open on Thursday 7 April 2022 at 10am.  The link to apply will be posted on this page on Wednesday 6 April - please see below.
Please contact  vetsummerschool@ucd.ie  for more information
Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Booking Information

Places can be booked at the link below from 10am on Thursday 7 April.  Bookings will remain open until all places have been filled.


The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is pleased to offer a Virtual Summer School for 2022 on the following date:
Wednesday 17 August 2022
The Virtual Summer School is only open to CAO EU applicants applying to the DN300 Veterinary Medicine Programme.
On the day, there will be a mixture of interactive, live and pre-recorded sessions taking place from 10am to 4pm (final schedule to be confirmed).
Applications for the Virtual Summer School will open on Thursday 14 July through the following link:
Please contact vetsummerschool@ucd.ie for more information.

Contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 6100 | Location Map