About the programme
Study plan
What students say
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Admission requirements
Association of Finnish Veterinary Students in Tartu
International Veterinary Students' Association - IVSA


About the programme

Estonian University of Life Sciences is accredited by the EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) providing full-time six-year education in the field of veterinary medicine. Practical training which is crucial to all veterinarians takes place in the Animal Clinic of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, located conveniently in the university campus. Completion of the study program provides a qualification corresponding to the MSc.
Veterinary studies can be divided into three periods:

In the first years the students study the foundations of veterinary medicine, anatomy and functions of animals as well as the fundamentals of animal husbandry. Several branches of biology, zoology, botany, genetics and cell biology as well as chemistry, biophysics, microbiology, virology and parasitology can be considered the foundation of veterinary studies.

In the spring semester of the second year students are taught diseases in animals, they take up pathological anatomy and physiology, which constitutes an introduction to the second period of the veterinary studies. Pre clinical studies give the student an insight into the processes going on in the organism of the diseased animal, as well as elementary skills in disease detection.

The second phase concentrates on the relations between human and animal health and an introduction into the public health issues is made. 

In the third phase or clinical studies lecturers communicate students profound knowledge on the most common diseases of different animal species (including birds and fish) with an empahis on their diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Practical training takes place in the animal clinic of Estonian University of Life Sciences.
Students also gain extensive knowledge of veterinary public health, veterinary legislation and state veterinary
control system.
In the sixth year the student can choose between one of the following tracks: 
  1. Production animal medicine (E1) focusing on herd health and herd management; 
  2. Equine medicine (E2) specialising in horses and their medicine; 
  3. Small animal medicine (E3) devoted to small animals and their problems; 
  4. Food safety (E4) addressing issues connected to One Health and safe food production and processing;  

What students say

Hear what our international students say about their studies:


Laura Sophie Wiebe

Veterinary Medicine Short


Our subject is not simple,

We actually study quite hard,

But what stays in my mind,

Is not always just smart.

Some things are useless

But I still adore

The creativity of nature,

After four years of study even more than before.

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Contact details

For admission requirements:


Vaike Reisner
Department of Academic Affairs

For programme contents:


Piret Kalmus
Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences



Next admission period will be opened in February, 2024!


Programme duration: 6 years

Degree: Degree of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Language: English

Tuition fee: 9400 EUR/year


Admission will open:

February 1, 2024


Admission deadline:

May 2, 2024 (non-EU candidates)

May 31, 2024 (EU, Georgian, UK, Turkish and Ukraine candidates)

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