Universities, Institutions, Colleges and Schools Awarding Veterinary Degrees


Agripolis, Viale dell'Università 16

35020 Legnaro Italy


Università degli studi di Padova, Facoltà di Medicina Veterinaria

Recognition status :

EAEVE European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education
RCVS Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Degrees :


The University of Padua has more than 750 years (it was founded in 1222), and can be considered among the oldest in the world. Since 1992 also includes a faculty of veterinary medicine, with organizations and programs similar to those of other veterinary institutions in Europe. In reality, a school of veterinary medicine has been part of the University of Padua in the past. During the eighteenth century the Republic of Venice (in whose territory ranged Padua) has imported large quantities of cattle from the East, mainly from Dalmatia, Slovenia and Hungary, causing considerable economic outlay and deficit for the state's finances. Local conditions of farming and meat production were not ideal because of the significant losses of animals due to animal diseases. These conditions created the conditions for the establishment of several institutions devoted to animal production and veterinary medicine, and mainly to the creation of a Chair of Agriculture at the University of Padua (1765), entrusted to the botanist Peter Arduino, whose duties also included study of the reasons of insufficient production of cattle. On September 9 1773 the Republic of Venice Zoojatrico formal establishment of the College, following the establishment of the first veterinary schools in France, and entrusted its direction to Giuseppe Orus, who graduated at Alfort. The College was established in Padua, at the old Convent of La Maddalena. Orus had responsibility for the organization and inception of the School of Veterinary Medicine, the establishment of a Museum of Comparative Anatomy, and also acted as inspectors of hygiene and animal health official for the Venetian Republic, going places when diseases. The school was officially opened October 1, 1774, and there were enrolled 12 students from various Italian states. In 1779 came the first graduates. In the following years (1779-1787) were proposed several veterinary education reforms, which provided, among other things, the incorporation in the Faculty of Medicine, and Professor of Comparative Anatomy of Giuseppe Orus was formally included among those of 'University of Padua. Since its foundation in 1222, the University of Padua has been attracting students from all over the world; its professors have always been encouraged to experience teaching methods abroad. Recently the University reorganized the degree courses in order to meet the requirements that are set out by the new University reform: that was done respecting the long-standing tradition of academic excellence. The thirteen Faculties of the University reformulated their teaching strategies according to the new reform requirements, offering over ninety 1st cycle degree courses, over eighty 2nd cycle degree courses, many specialization degree courses, doctoral courses and schools. Such a wide variety of educational opportunities is founded on the knowledge and experience of professors whose teaching activity is mostly based on scientific research. Research is carried out in every field of study; every day much of that work is published in the most important scientific journals and publications.