North American Information Session

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. 

Each year our School's Admissions Committee travel to North America for a series of information sessions and interviews with prospective students. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 it has not been possible to arrange these visits this year. To replace our in person information sessions we have produced the below information video which we hope will give you an insight into studying in one of Europe's leading Veterinary Schools. 

We look forward to meeting you at our upcoming virtual interviews and if you have any questions about studying with us I would encourage you to get in touch.

Very best wishes / le gach dea-ghuí


Below you will find some useful information about studying Veterinary Medicine in UCD and finalising your application. 

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Ireland is a small, compact island that is easy to navigate. On the western edge of Europe, Ireland is a member country of the European Union and a natural gateway to Europe, especially now as we are the only English speaking country in the Eurozone.

We’re home to one of the best education systems in the world which is just one of the reasons why international students love to study abroad in Ireland. Graduates with degrees from Irish Universities are highly sought after by businesses, governments, international organisations and academic institutions throughout the world.

Our international students love exploring and travelling around our beautiful country while they study abroad in Ireland! We're a safe nation (ranked 12th out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index). We're also a happy and welcoming nation - 22nd on the World Happiness Index! We are particularly proud of our culture and heritage. There are two UNESCO world heritage sites, countless cathedrals, ancient monuments and castles for you to explore and enjoy.

UCD - a university in Dublin - is a cosmopolitan European city full of parks, coffee shops, museums, live music events - and of course the world-renowned St Patrick's Day Festival. Dublin is also surrounded with beaches, cliff walks, forest and mountain trails for those who like outdoors and adventure.

Outside of Dublin, international students will find the breath-taking Wild Atlantic Way and the enigmatic Ancient East within reasonable easy reach. In the North is The Giant's Causeway and a number of filming locations for Game of Thrones. In the South, you'll find our bustling second city and the stunning scenery of West Cork amongst the many other attractions. Everything is just a few short hours bus, train or drive from UCD!

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the leading veterinary schools in Europe, and it has also been granted full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the European Association of Establishments in Veterinary Education (EAEVE), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI).

Students and faculty of the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine have access to cutting edge expertise at the UCD Veterinary Hospital, a referral and teaching hospital. Its international faculty includes Board-certified specialists in a wide range of disciplines as well as veterinary scientists actively contributing to the development of advances in their subjects.


Candidates who have studied and will complete a degree in an appropriate biological, biomedical or animal science discipline may be considered for the 4-year Graduate programme in Veterinary Medicine with the award of MVB.

Course requirements (Semester Hours):

  • GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Physics with lab (1)
  • Biochemistry (1)
  • General biology (1)
  • General inorganic chemistry with lab (1)
  • Microbiology (1)
  • Cellular biology (1)

Those candidates with a non-science degree or lacking some prerequisites will be considered for entry to the 5-year MVB programme.

Additional requirements and considerations: A minimum of two references (one from an academic source, and one from a veterinary surgeon with whom you have worked/completed work experience).

Applicants are expected to have gained relevant work experience of handling animals. This should, where possible, include not only seeing veterinary practice, but also spending time on livestock farms and other animal establishments.

UCD School of Veterinary Medicine participates in the VMCAS application system. Please click here to begin your application via VMCAS.

PLEASE NOTE: A supplemental application through the UCD online application system is also required.

North American applicants who have not applied via VMCAS before the closing date can apply directly via the UCD online application system.

Non-EU applicants without residence in North America can find country-specific application information on the UCD Global website here.  

There is no better way to get a real sense for studying with us than talking to our current students. You can talk to a number of our students on Unibuddy through the links below: 


Click here to talk to Tara who is a 4th Year Graduate Entry Veterinary Medicine Student from Canada

Click here to talk to Tara who is a 4th Year Veterinary Medicine Student from Ireland 

If you haven't already visited the Belfield campus why not take a virtual tour to discover everything that our 133 hectare woodland campus has to offer students. 

Click here to view the UCD Virtual Tour.

If you have any queries or would like to find out more about studying at UCD, please contact us:


Phone: +353 1 716 6100


Useful Information for International Students

Below you will find useful informaton for Non-Eu students who are interested in studying in UCD.

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UCD is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to international students. There are both full and partial scholarships available. For more information on scholarships available visit the UCD Global website here

All students are responsible for assessing their own visa requirements, so you should check the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) website to see if you require a visa.

If you do require a visa, please visit our Visa Required page.

While you may not require a visa to study in Ireland, all students from outside the EU / EEA are subject to ordinary immigration processes at the port of entry or airport.

The UCD Global website has speciific information for students on Visas and Immigration: 

Click here for United States of America Information 

Click here for Canada Information

UCD provides safe, comfortable and modern student residences surrounded by the greenery and nature of our large, urban campus.

Visit the UCD Global website here for information about accommodation 

At UCD we have the most diverse student facility of any university in Ireland, with a multitude of facilities designed to encourage our students become involved in clubs and societies, and stay fit and healthy during their time here. There are also multiple opportunities for students to get involved in exciting initiatives related to their specific disciplines.

For more information on Campus Life and Student Experience visit the UCD Global website here