Studies in Veterinary Medicine consist of the three-year Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (180 ECTS credits) and the three-year Licentiate’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (180 ECTS credits). During their studies, students obtain capabilities for veterinary practice, independent self-employment, following developments in the field and for continuous learning.
Students mostly progress according to a scheduled programme. In addition to lectures, instruction includes plenty of practical assignments and small group sessions. Another essential part of studies comprises practical work with patients, including on-call duties.
Veterinarians may work as municipal veterinarians at rural surgeries, small animal veterinarians at private surgeries, directors of environmental health services, civil servants at various ministries, in teaching and research assignments or for industry. In the future, there will be increasing demand for veterinarians to control foods and infectious and contagious animal diseases. The growing significance and number of pet and recreational animals also mean that employment prospects in the field are very good.
Graduates may complete the Specialist Degree in Veterinary Medicine as a professional postgraduate degree. A licensed veterinarian may specialise in the following areas:
- small animal diseases
- equine diseases
- health and nursing care of food-producing animals
- infectious or contagious animal diseases
- food hygiene and environmental health.
The only place to study Veterinary Medicine in Finland is the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Helsinki.
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: Bachelor’s and Licentiate’s degrees