Application deadline Jan 15, 2020 23:59 Europe/Budapest time
Study location: Hungary, Budapest
Type: One Tier Master, full degree studies
Nominal duration: 11 semesters (330 ECTS)
Study language: English
Awards: MSc (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine)
Course code: Agricultural Science
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
Language Requirements: English B2
Other requirements: A motivation letter must be added to your application.
A Brief History of Veterinary Education in Hungary
In 1787, shortly after the foundation of the world’s first veterinary school (1762, Lyons) a “Chair for Animal Healing” was established at the Faculty of Medicine in the town of Pest (now an area of the city of Budapest) to provide students of medicine and surgery with basic knowledge of animal diseases and their management, an integral part of a general practitioner’s activity at that time.
In the early 19th century, the rapid expansion of the traditional horse and cattle breeding on the Hungarian plains called for adequate institutional development. Accordingly, in 1851 the Chair for Animal Healing became independent from the Medical Faculty as the “Royal Institute of Veterinary Medicine”. In 1899, its status was changed to that of a Royal College with the right to issue the D.V.M. diploma (Doctor Veterinariae Medicinae). As an independent College, this school earned an international reputation in the first half of the 20th century. From 1960 it obtained the status of an independent University.
As a part of the countrywide reorganization of higher education in 2000 in the University became the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Budapest of the newly founded Szent István University. From summer 2016 our school regained its independence thus the former name University of Veterinary Medicine applies. It is further on a state university and the program has been continually supervised and accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board.
In 1995 the veterinary school was internationally accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (E.A.E.V.E.). The follow-up visitation took place in 2004 with a positive outcome. The accreditation of the Budapest veterinary school was reinforced by the E.A.E.V.E. and the F.V.E. (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe). The Accreditation Report concludes: “The University of Veterinary Science can claim a proud position among its European counterparts. Its young graduates need not be afraid to compete with their European colleagues for their knowledge and practical skills.”
Hungary is since 2004 a full member of the European Union which means acceptance of degrees within the EU and their equivalence with degrees from other EU-countries. The Budapest-diploma is accepted in addition to EU-countries in several others as well. After the completion of a board exam in Canada or the US, the graduates are entitled for a residency and to practise in North America.
Facts and Figures
The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest is, as appropriate for a country with a population of 10.5 million, the only veterinary school in Hungary. Current enrolment is about 100, 120 and 120 students for the Hungarian, German and English programs, respectively. This means that we have a total of 1,000 students at the veterinary school. As in the case of all state universities in the country the Faculty is officially supervised by the Ministry of Education and its teaching and research programs are also sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Regional Development and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Library and Internet
The Veterinary Science Library, Archives and Museum has a rich collection. Its historic library with 16th-19th century books, the faculty archives and the museum of veterinary history are particularly valuable. Besides, it is a modern information centre with current journals and books in veterinary science and biology in printed or electronic format, an online catalogue, a digital library, large international databases (such as CAB Abstracts, FSTA, Zoological record, Web of Science etc.) and a dynamic homepage. A computer room, printing, copying facilities and WIFI are also available.
Campus and Field Station
The campus is located in the central area of Budapest, near to one of the main railway and subway stations, easily accessible by public transport. The main Field Station of the Faculty is located in Üllő, ca. 10 km from the boundary of the city. It comprises an Experimental Institute for biotechnology, a living gene-bank for preservation of old Hungarian breeds of farm animals, horse stables with a riding-school and hippodrome, and a Large Animal Clinic — opened in Summer 2001. Beside the daily routine work, the Clinic is used for practical training. The University operates a shuttle-service between the Campus and the Field Station.
In 2006 a new up-to-date Small Animal Clinic was opened to provide students, staff and clients with 21st-century facilities for diagnostics and treatment.
The English-Language Program
The English-language program at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest was instituted in 1992 for students with a working knowledge of English. The English-language program begins in early September each year. The curriculum for veterinary medicine takes five and a half years and parallels the standard curriculum found in most European veterinary programs. During the first two (preclinical) years students study Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Ethology, Agrareconomics, Botany, Biomathematics and Computer Application. English, Latin and Hungarian languages can be chosen as optional courses. During the next three (clinical + paraclinical) years, the curriculum includes Animal Breeding, Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Parasitology, Animal Nutrition, Veterinary Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Food Hygiene, Forensic Veterinary Medicine, Animal Hygiene, Epizoology and State Veterinary Medicine. The 11th (practical) semester includes practical work at the Faculty Clinics and faculty-associated institutions. Practical work at the school’s Field Stations and State Farms as well as with practitioner veterinarians is part of the curriculum.
The entire curriculum (divided into core subjects and electives) consists of more than 5000 hours, a curriculum standard for the European Community. Before the conclusion of the degree program the students must submit a thesis and take a state examination.
Hungary is a full member of the European Union. The degree received at the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest is accepted automatically by the member countries of the Union and in several countries of the world. The graduates of our English-language program — coming mainly from the Scandinavian area (esp. Norway and Sweden), Ireland, Israel, UK, Greece, Cyprus and Canada — report on equal chances with graduates in their home countries.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, marital status, age or handicap.
Study area: Medical And Health Science
One-Tier Master Course
The purpose of the programme is to train veterinarians who are aware of and able to use the latest innovations of veterinary science, and who are well informed about the specialist and interdisciplinary subjects that are needed for their professional life. They are able to identify, prevent and cure illnesses of animals, to assist with epidemical problems and to inspect and maintain food hygiene security. They efficiently participate in the animal environment and nature protection matters, and in the duties concerning fish farms and the wildlife. They are prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral programme.
High school leaving certificate
Entrance exam: yes
Type of entrance exam: Oral and written
Entrance exam location:
Examinations are arranged online and in person in Hungary and abroad between March and June.
Entrance exam description:
After the University reviews the application materials and determines that the applicant appears qualified and potentially able to complete the program, arrangements for an entrance examination (written multiple choice test + oral interview) will be made. The examination will test competency in the English language also in relation to the academic subjects, which are Biology and Chemistry.
Veronika Varga | International Relations Manager: [email protected]
Preparatory year available: No
Specialisation year available: No
Minimum number of scholarship holders: 1
Maximum number of scholarship holders: 40
The curriculum is divided into a preclinical and a clinical-paraclinical period.
1. Pre-clinical Period (2 years)
The main subjects are Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Biology, Chemistry, Biophysics, Zoology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Biomathematics, and Computer Applications. Languages can be chosen as electives.
The preclinical period also contains a farm practicum in animal husbandry.
2. Clinical-Paraclinical Period (3,5 years)
Paraclinical subjects: Animal Breeding and Husbandry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Immunology, Microbiology, Virology, Pathophysiology, Parasitology, Epizootiology, Animal Nutrition, Animal Hygiene, Food Hygiene, State Veterinary Medicine and Economics, and Forensic Veterinary Medicine.
Parallel to these, the student has a large number of weekly clinical hours in Veterinary
Medicine, Veterinary Surgery, Obstetrics and Animal Reproduction.
The clinical-paraclinical period includes several extramural practicums.
Small and Large Animal Clinincs
State Office of Veterinary Hygene
University of Veterinary Medicine Interactive Video
Applications are accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, State of Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest
Application deadline Jan 15, 2020 23:59 Europe/Budapest time