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.

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UCD 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 professional person in preparation for the professional work setting 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 menu provided right across the University, as well as being introduced to university life and a wide range of clubs and societies.


Our Courses

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For information on studying Veterinary Medicine click here. 

For information on studying Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry) click here

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. 

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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 Summer, the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine hosts a Summer School for students sitting the Leaving Certificate or A level examinations the following year who are considering Veterinary Medicine as a career.  This programme is not open to students who have completed their secondary/high school education.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19 and government restrictions the format of the Veterinary Medicine Summer School is currently under review and more details on the programme will be announced in Spring 2021. 

This is a one week, non-residential course that will cover all major aspects of a career in Veterinary Medicine. The aim of the programme is to give students a taste of what a career in Veterinary Medicine entails, as well as what it is like to be a vet student in UCD. The programme will include talks and discussions from veterinary clinicians, practical lab sessions, demonstrations and visits to animal and veterinary facilities dealing with various species.  This week will also count towards your animal handling experience requirements. 

The cost of the one-week course is €100

Please note that places are limited to 20 participants a week and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Booking Information

The booking process is currently being finalised for 20201 - please check back on this page for updated information on this.  

If you have any queries on the Summer School, please contact vetsummerschool@ucd.ie