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Diploma programme Veterinary Medicine

Content and focus of the degree programme:

The veterinary medicine degree programme at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna serves to convey academic and practical education for the profession of a veterinary surgeon in all fields of veterinary medicine. The education will convey well-founded fundamental knowledge in all fields of veterinary medicine and facilitate competence and problem-solving capacity by means of practice-oriented instruction. The degree programme is divided into three stages, which also differ greatly from one to the other as regards the educational focus. The first stage focuses on teaching the basics of natural sciences. The second stage consists of the propedeutics course, which is followed by the clinical education. In a specialisation module to be chosen by the students specialised practical and theoretical knowledge going beyond the general requirements will be gained. Students can choose between small animal medicine, ruminant medicine, horse medicine, poultry and pig medicine, conservation medicine, reproduction biotechnology as well as food sciences, public veterinary care and health care.

Higher education institution:
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien
Group of fields of study:
Degree programme:
Veterinary Medicine
Diploma programme
Academic degree:
Mag. med. vet., Diplomtierarzt
12 (2+4+6) Semester / 360 ECTS*

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 20,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2017/18, Stk. 9 (Nr. 20)

Definition of the field of studies

Veterinary medicine deals with the diseases of animals, animal welfare and accompanying research as well as with production of food of animal origin.


All stages of the programme conclude with a degree examination, which is the prerequisite for the following stage. To complement the pre-professional or scientific education in an expedient way practical training courses must be done in the course of the degree programme. To complete the programme successfully a thesis must be written. The topic of the thesis must be chosen from one of the examination courses scheduled in the curriculum and it is a written part of the final examination. A study period abroad is supported.

Entrance examinations

The qualifying test consists of two parts and includes questions related to the requirements for the study programme and the profession as well as subject-specific questions in the fields of biology, physics and chemistry.

Supplementary examinations

Biology & Environmental Studies (Z) - Biology and Environmental Studies (examination has to be passed before admission)