The Veterinary School in
Copenhagen was founded in 1773 as one of the first schools in the world. In
1856 the veterinary school was moved to its present location and at that time
acquired the status of an institution of higher learning incorporating
agriculture and animal science. In 2007 the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
merged with the University of Copenhagen and was transformed into the Faculty
of Life Sciences incorporating the veterinary school. The University of
Copenhagen was inaugurated on 1 June 1479, after King Christian I was granted
approval for its establishment by Pope Sixtus IV. Based on a German model, the
university consisted of four faculties: Theology, Law, Medicine and Philosophy.
Today with more than 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the
University of Copenhagen is the largest institution of research and education
in Denmark. The purpose of the University – to quote the University Statute –
is to ‘conduct research and provide further education to the highest academic
Approximately one hundred different
institutes, departments, laboratories, centers, museums, etc., form the nucleus
of the University, where professors, lecturers and other academic staff, as
well as most of the technical and administrative personnel, carry out their
daily work, and where teaching takes place. With the opening of the totally
rebuilt and modernized Small Animal University Hospital at the Frederiksberg
Campus in early 2011 the Copenhagen Veterinary School including the newly built
Large Animal University Hospital at the Taastrup Campus functions as one of the
most modern veterinary schools with state of the art equipment.
In 2012 the Copenhagen School
of Veterinary Medicine together with the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences merged
with the Faculty of Health to form a new, scientifically and financially strong
Faculty of Health and Medicine within the University of Copenhagen.
The veterinary school encompasses
3 departments with specialized facilities, a Faculty Office and a number of general
services (e.g., learning environment with audio- visual units, library,
experimental farms, student facilities including several computer rooms etc).
The veterinary school has an academic staff of 154 fte, including 29 full professors
and an administrative and support staff of 221 fte. Most staff members
communicate well in English and all academic staff members have experience in
teaching veterinary medicine in English. In early 2012 all academic staff
members have completed officially approved proficiency tests in English.
Admission of students to the
5½-year undergraduate veterinary training program is limited to 180 each year, resulting
in a total of 1100 students. They pass full examinations at the completion of
AND POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION
Research at the School of
Veterinary Medicine is the responsibility of the Vice Dean for Research and the
department heads. Research which is conducted as part of the PhD programs is
included in this portfolio.
The School of Veterinary
Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine within the University of Copenhagen has
been regularly evaluated and accredited by the European Association of
Establishments of Veterinary Education since 1988 (latest accreditation in
2010). The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) had a full site visit
in 2015. The result of the AVMA site visit is forthcoming.
ABOUT THE ADMISSION TO THE FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS
In general foreign students
have access to the Danish universities. Non-EU citizens must apply for visa
before being allowed to apply.
Special rules apply for the
study of Veterinary Medicine. The Danish Ministry of Science has declared a
numerous clauses to the DVM program. This entails that only a limited amount of
students is admitted each year. The number of admission requests largely
exceeds the number of allocations. Restrictions affect both Danish and foreign
students. The available places are assigned by selection through interviews
(50%) or based upon grades obtained in high school (50%). Letters of
recommendation are neither required nor accepted.
TO THE DANISH DVM PROGRAM
Each year the minister of
education and science lays down the number of students to be admitted to the DVM
program. Currently 180 students are accepted in each class. There are two routes
of application. The first is solely based upon high school grades (Quota I) and
the second is based upon a mixture of high school grades, working experience
and an interview (Quota II). No standardized tests are required before
application. Application deadline for Quota I is 5 July 2015, and for Quota II
the application deadline is 15 March 2015.
Application deadline for EU
applicants is 1 April 2015 and for Non-EU applicants 15 January.
International students are
referred to http://vetschool.ku.dk/english for further information about application
for the Danish DVM program.
FEES AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Generally students from within
the European Union do not pay tuition fee. For foreign students please refer to
web site of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation http://en.vtu.dk
or to http://vetschool.ku.dk/english. Generally financial aid is not offered to
Foreign students who want to
receive an academic education in Denmark need a residence permit. More information
can be obtained at the Office for International Cooperation or at a Danish
embassy in the country of origin.
Additionally applicants must demonstrate
access to sufficient financial means. The amount varies and more detailed information
should be sought at a Danish embassy.
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