B-9000 Ghent Belgium
University of Ghent, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Recognition status :
EAEVE European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University has a long history and offers society academic education and services which are based on scientific research in the field of veterinary medicine.
The Faculty of veterinary Medicine was founded in 1933 as the "veeartsenijschool", the second veterinary school in Belgium, the first one where students were taught in their own language: Flemish (Dutch)
The faculty, with about 1,400 students and 50 professors, is one of the 11 faculties of the Ghent University. The educational programs are supported by the scientific research performed by the 12 departments. Animals can be presented in the Animal hospital. The faculty provides undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses. The first year of the undergraduate course starts with the study of physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. In addition courses on the cellular and tissue structures as well as courses on the recognition of different animal types and the assessment of their characteristics are taught. Finally, the study of biomedical statistics is included in the programme. The latter course intends to explain biological phenomena in a mathematical way. During the second and third years of the first cycle the healthy animal is focused on. Its structure (anatomy, histology), its development (embryology) and its functions (physiology, biochemistry) are studied. Insight is acquired into the different pathogens (bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology), into animal nutrition, genetics as well as into immunology.
The three years of undergraduate studies are awarded with the degree of kandidaat in de diergeneeskunde or in the near future bachelor of science The degree of dierenarts(in the future Master of Science, veterinary degree) is obtained by students who successfully complete the three years of graduate studies. During these years students obtain a thorough professional training through lectures, practical exercises and clinical training, which cover the entire field of veterinary medicine. Causes, pathogenesis, clinical signs, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention of diseases are considered. Radiology, echography are among the examination methods used. Also subjects on animal food production, veterinary legislation and deontology are paid much attention to. Theoretical courses are supported by many practical exercises and much clinical training. In the third year of the second cycle education and clinical training are species oriented. Students have to make a choice between the following training programmes: - pet animals - horses - ruminants - pigs, poultry and rabbits - research and industry. Along with the option, a number of elective courses are to be chosen. In this way education and clinical training have mainly become species-oriented. In this last year of graduate studies students have to write a thesis. It aims at making students familiar with the literature, with looking up literature data and with the writing of a report or a review. The main objective of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Ghent University is to provide academic education and professional training so that veterinarians easily adapt their services to the fast changing demands of society.These services include the medical care of animals and the research into all domains related to medicine and animal welfare. The research activities at the faculty in the different disciplines of Veterinary Medicine receive both strong national and international recognition.