Long-cycle Master: Veterinary Medicine


Program Description

Mission of the Faculty

Our mission is to provide a high-quality teaching environment and excellent research-based teaching, education of veterinary science graduates able to handle wide variety of health, welfare and management problems with farm and companion animals; to undertake high quality research to support the teaching process as well as postgraduate and continuing education; to provide veterinary care for all species of animals by Faculty clinics.

Our educational objectives

Our educational objective is to provide a curriculum and the instructional resources necessary to enable students to obtain the professional title of Lekarz weterynarii (Lek. wet., an equivalent of brit. Veterinary Surgeon, VS, and am. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, DVM). The Faculty has sought to develop a curriculum that provides a strong foundation in veterinary medical sciences. It is expected that graduates will be well versed in fundamentals of veterinary medical sciences and will be able to meet the professional challenges they will encounter throughout their career.

Brief program of studies

The five & half-year degree program consists of a total of 75 obligatory courses and electives. The diploma is received after passing all exams. Each academic year is divided into two semesters with a substantial winter and summer break. This program is intensive, with students taking roughly 860-hour classes (60 ECTS) per year.

a) First year: Students develop a basic understanding of the life sciences underpinning veterinary medicine and become familiar with veterinary and medical terms. The main courses are animal anatomy, histology, and embryology in order to help the student obtain profound knowledge of the composition of the animal body.

b) Second year: Students delve more deeply into the life sciences, particularly anatomy, physiology and veterinary immunology. In this year, students begin studying microbiology and learn about animal breeding and nutrition. The introduction to animal well-being and ethology helps mastering future clinical courses.

c) Third year: Students have mastered all basic courses and enter the preclinical courses. Students are exposed to imaging diagnostics principles and focus on clinical diagnostics and public health protection.

d) Fourth year: Students continue practicing in the field, focusing on a variety of animals, from fish, accompanying animals to ruminants and swine.

e) Fifth and Sixth year: Contagious and internal diseases and surgery techniques become the main focus as students investigate various animal diseases and learn about animal obstetrics and gynecology. Faculty clinics and cooperating farms are also an important part of this year\'s studies.


In order to be considered for admission to the 5.5 year degree program at The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, an applicant must have successfully completed the following: a high school certificate (in English or translated to Polish), a passing grade on the biology and chemistry entrance exam, submission of the online application form and all fees paid by deadline.

Start: 1st October


  • Early admissions: from January 1st to end of May each year, for academic year 2017/2018 it is 01.01.2016 - 30.05.2016
  • Late admissions: from June 1st to end of August each year, for academic year 2016/2017 it is 01.06.2017 - 31.08.2017

Registration deadline: Once an applicant has been admitted to the University, the registration fee must be paid IMMEDIATELY, and no later than August 31 each year. The registration fee secures an eligible student a place in the program. Since a limited number of openings are available for each academic year, preference is given to the students who submit their payment early.

Qualification based on entry exams (chemistry and biology, multiple choice test in English) organized by FVM and IMS. Please contact ludmila_kot@sggw.pl if you have more questions. Applicants with Bachelor degree or Master of Science degree in Biology, Animal Science or equivalent may be accepted without entry exams.

Number of the place available: 45-50.

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Last updated Dec 2017

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Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) is the oldest agricultural academic school in Poland, its history dates back to 1816. At present, the university consists of 13 faculties; there are 27,000 st ... Read More

Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) is the oldest agricultural academic school in Poland, its history dates back to 1816. At present, the university consists of 13 faculties; there are 27,000 students enrolled. They can choose from 34 disciplines and 61 specialties. Read less