Why should I study Veterinary Medicine?

What is Veterinary Medicine?

Veterinary medicine is a broad term that has developed practices aimed at maintaining and restoring the health, healing and research of animals and is mainly concerned with these issues. This includes classical treatments, the development of medicines and operations on and for animals.

Three reasons to study Veterinary Medicine:

  1. Help animals: with the study of veterinary medicine, you learn how to help animals and end their suffering. In addition, veterinarians are an important contact in dealing with animals. The graduates know how to deal with the healing, the food and the attitude of animals and can improve the life of the animal.  
  2. Good job opportunities: in most cases, graduates with a degree in veterinary medicine get a job because they are needed everywhere in the world. Most graduates start working in veterinary practices right after graduation.
  3. Contribution to medical research: There are many different directions in which veterinarians can conduct research. For example, viral diseases are very common in animals and a lot of research is being done in this area. Veterinarians also often work in disease surveillance and prevention research facilities for humans.

How to study Veterinary Medicine?

Veterinary medicine is a large scientific field that deals with the health of animals. The study is a very demanding and instructive career path.

The basics of veterinary medicine studies are natural science, biology and physiology. In the natural science subjects, detailed physical, chemical and botanical (with regard to food and poison sources) knowledge is dealt with. The anatomical-physiological subjects deal with anatomy, tissue science and the basics of animal breeding. Building on this, the causes, development and treatment of diseases in animals are then dealt with. Thus, one is taught skills in diagnosis, examination, treatment, and the use of imaging techniques.
Internships are also an essential part of the programme.

Most veterinary medicine courses are divided into bachelor's and master's degrees according to the Bologna principles. While many fundamentals are taught in the bachelor's programme, more specialisations are offered in the master's programme. Basically, students can choose between three options: 1. they can specialize in small animals, 2. they can specialize in large and farm animals and 3. they can focus on research. This also results in the possibility for many graduates to follow up their studies with a PhD.

What kind of job can I get by studying Veterinary Medicine?

Most veterinary graduates will begin their careers in small, large and farm animal practices. In addition, employment opportunities are also available in public veterinary services, such as food monitoring, animal welfare, animal disease control, health surveillance and hygiene consulting, or food production.

How can U-Multirank help me find the best Veterinary Medicine study programme for me?

If you’re considering pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s ‘For students track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. U-Multirank’s subject rankings provide the feedback of more than 100,000 current students studying at the respective universities, offering a unique student perspective to the rankings via our Teaching & Learning dimension. Create your own personalised rankings today and compare universities according to what matters most to you.  To start, make sure to select Veterinary Medicine as your subject of interest and we’ll help guide you through the rest.

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