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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Warsaw

Tuesday 9.05.2017

Mission of the Faculty

Our mission is to provide a high quality veterinary teaching and excellent research-based education. To provide graduates theoretical and knowledge and practical skills to handle wide variety of health, welfare and management problems concerning farm and companion animals. We undertake high quality research to support the teaching process at the masters level postgraduate as well as PhD studies and continuing education for veterinarians. In Faculty clinics we provide veterinary care for all species of animals.

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 weteryanrii” (brit. Veterinary Surgeon; am. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). The Faculty continuously develops 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 and a half-year degree program consists of a total of 120 mandatory courses and electives. The diploma is received after passing all required exams and accumulating at least 330 ECTS points. Each academic year is divided into two semesters separated by winter and summer vacations. The study program is intensive and demanding, with students taking roughly 800 hours of classes (~60 ECTS) per year.

  1. 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 and biochemistry in order to help students to obtain profound knowledge of the composition of the animal body.
  2. b) Second year: students delve more deeply into the life sciences, particularly clinical 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.
  3. c) Third year: students have mastered all basic courses and enter the preclinical courses. Students are exposed to principles of imaging diagnostics, pathomorphology and pathophysiology, then focus on clinical diagnostics and public health protection.
  4. d) Fourth year: students start clinical courses, focusing on a variety of animals, from bees, fish, to ruminants and swine and horses finally students start classes of meat and food hygiene.
  5. e) Fifth year: a main focus of clinical courses is switched to companion animals and practical skills acquired during rotations. Faculty clinics and cooperating farms are also an important part of this year’s studies.
  6. f) Sixth year: last semester of studies focuses on the individual learning preferences of individual students as it consists predominantly of elective courses on the advanced aspects of practical clinical knowledge.


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 acquired the following: a high school certificate (enabling access to higher education), a passing grade on the biology and chemistry entrance exam, submission of the online application form and all fees paid by deadline.

Duration of the studies

11 semesters (5.5 year); start 1st October.


Application deadline: early admission – 1st January to end of May each year; late admission – 1st June to end of July each year.

Registration deadline:

Once an applicant has been admitted to the University, the registration fee must be paid, no later than 31st August each year. The registration fee secures an eligible students a place in the program. Since a limited number of opening are available for each academic year, preference is given to students who submit their payments early. Qualification is based on entry exams (chemistry and biology, single choice test in English) organized by FVM and IMS in different countries. Applicants with Bachelor degree or Master of Science degree in Biology, Animal Sciences or equivalent may be accepted without entry exams.

Number of places available: 60 – 70

Tuition fee: 7600 EUR per each academic year (4600 EUR per winter and 3000 EUR per summer semester).


Dean’s Office for International Students

phone: (+48) 22 59 360 12


International Medicine Studies (IMS) is a cooperating company involved in recruiting applicants, as well as, helping our international students in their daily problems during their stay in Warsaw.

For more information visit the English web site of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine:

and of the International Medicine Studies:


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