Universities, Institutions, Colleges and Schools Awarding Veterinary Degrees


P.O. Box 8146 Dep

N-0033 Oslo Norway


Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

Recognition status :

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

Degrees :


First established in 1935, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) is the only institution in Norway that is authorized to offer education and award professional and PhD degrees within the field of veterinary medicine and related sciences. The school is also responsible for the major part of all veterinary research conducted in the country. NVH is a state owned, autonomous institution of higher education, with university level status. The school has a student body of 470, including 80 doctoral students. NVH has four academic departments, all involved in teaching and research: Department of Basic Sciences & Aquatic Medicine Department of Food Safety & Infection Biology Department of Production Animal Clinical Sciences Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences While the main campus is based at Adamstua in Oslo, the Sections for Artic Veterinary Medicine and Small Ruminants are based, respectively, in Tromsø above the arctic circle, and Sandnes in the south west of the country. In addition, the school runs the national animal hospital and several other clinics serving patients in and around the Oslo area. It also incorporates the central clinical laboratory, the Section for Laboratory Animals, and various other diagnostic clinics and teaching and research stations. Degree title: Cand. Med. Vet. This is a five and a half year professional degree programme. Successful candidates become qualified veterinary surgeons. Admission Requirements A school leaving certificate incorporating mathematics and chemistry is required. Applicants must be fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. Admission is based on final school grades and is highly competitive. Admission is centralised through the national Samordnaopptak Educational + professional goals NVH shall educate Veterinary Surgeons who: have the necessary basic knowledge and skills within the field of veterinary medicine to enable them to start their professional careers within all the various core areas of the profession, but who are even better prepared to start working within the area they have studied in depth during the final year, have insight into the fundamental scientific principles which are the prerequisites for all knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine, and who are capable of building upon this insight and applying it in their professional life, are able to carry out independent problem solving and life long learning, acknowledge the intrinsic value of animals in their own right, and act as ambassadors for animal protection and welfare,are able to communicate and cooperate with other people and treat them with respect Career Opportunities The programme qualifies candidates for a wide spectrum of jobs within the veterinary profession, and other work requiring competence in medical science and biology - e.g. private practice with production animals, companion animals and horses, and food safety/public health work, fish health, animal welfare, slaughter house management, pharmaceutical industry, teaching, research etc.