Duration: 5,5 years (11 semesters)

Professional Title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) / Veterinary Surgeon

Study Profile: general academic

Start Month: October

Semester Tuition Fee:  17500 PLN (about 4000 EUR)


The course awarded with the EAEVE certificate attesting the highest standards of education in Europe assures the candidates of the best choice for veterinary course. Students while studying Veterinary Medicine obtain knowledge of the subjects belonging to the general and basic groups, which corresponds with general academic profile of education, then they have clinical subjects. The student takes the compulsory practice and clinical internships, through which he acquires practical skills used in veterinary profession. Conducting species oriented training, clinical internships and the opportunity to choose items from a group of elective subjects allow students to clarify and adjust the acquired knowledge and skills to the future practical profession. The theoretical knowledge in the field of veterinary science during the first four years of study provides a basis for practical training in the final years of study. Professional specialization can be continued during PhD studies, postgraduate studies and specialization courses for veterinarians.


The Faculty website: HERE


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What will you study?

Programme for uniform single-stage course

1st year

Basic sciences (biophysics, chemistry, Latin language, anatomy, histology and embryology, biochemistry, genetics), and physical education, humanities and foreign language,

2nd year

Basic sciences (topographical anatomy, physiology, biochemistry)

Preclinical sciences (immunology, microbiology, physiopathology)

Animal production (animal nutrition, animal husbandry, ethology, welfare and protection of animals, the practice on animal breeding)

3rd year

Preclinical sciences (pharmacy, pharmacology, parasitology and invasiology, physiopathology, pathomorphology)

Clinical sciences (clinical diagnostics and laboratory diagnostics, imaging diagnostics, diseases of benefit insects)

4th year

Clinical sciences (diseases of farm animals, diseases of dogs and cats, fish diseases, clinical practice)

Food Hygiene (tasks of veterinary inspection, public health, veterinary legislation, microbiology and technology of food of animal origin, practical training in slaughterhouses and meat processing plants)

5th year

Clinical sciences (horse diseases, veterinary prevention, clinical immunology, veterinary forensic, clinical internships, clinical practices)

Food Hygiene (tasks of veterinary inspection, public health, veterinary legislation, microbiology and technology of food of animal origin, practical training in slaughterhouses and meat processing plants)

6th year

Clinical sciences (horse diseases, veterinary prevention, clinical immunology, veterinary forensic, clinical internships, clinical practices)

Elective subjects related to clinical sciences.

In what form will classes be conducted?

Classes are conducted in the form of lectures, laboratory, clinical and field classes.

How will you be assessed?

Semester credits based on obtained  course credits form grades of mid-term and end-term tests and exams held in oral or written form. In the case of some subjects tests and exams can have practical and theoretical parts.

How many ECTS points do you get?

Standard of education in veterinary medicine provides 360 ECTS credits minimum 5350 hours for 11 semester course of study.

What qualifications and powers will you get during studies?

Graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has the qualifications necessary to obtain the right to practice the profession of veterinary surgeon. Such qualifications are given by regional chambers of Veterinary Medicine.

The concept of education in the field of “veterinary” and  is coherent with the requirements described by the Act on the profession of the veterinary surgeon and veterinary-medical chambers, Act on the veterinary inspection and the European Union law (Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on recognition of professional qualifications).


In accordance with the Directive 2005/36/EC, the diploma issued by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the UPWr confirms the possession of qualifications entitling to take up professional activity as a veterinary surgeon and is recognized in every European Union country without nostrification.

Where will you be able to work after graduation?

Graduates of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine can work as:

  • veterinary surgeons of “free practice” treating farm, companion and exotic animals,
  •          veterinary surgeons employed in veterinary clinics and hospitals,

  • employees of the state administration,  the state veterinary inspection,
  • employees of institutes and centers of  sciences and research,
  • microbiological laboratory staff,
  • representatives of pharmaceutical companies and companies producing feedstuff for farm and companion animals.

What is unique for our Veterinary Medicine?

  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is widely acclaimed in Poland as well as abroad.
  • Gained official EAEVE certificate of approval, which attests highest standards of education quality in Europe.
  • 271st place in Shanghai Ranking- Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020- Veterinary Sciences.
  • The Polish Accreditation Committee assessed the Veterinary Faculty with the highest A+ grade.
  • The best Veterinary Faculty in Poland according to Polish higher education rankings.
  • The most popular course among the whole University offer. Every year there are approximately 11 candidates fighting for 1 place.
  • Every year students from the UK, Ireland, Canada and the Scandinavian countries enroll to the course.
  • Classes are taught by national and international academic teachers as well as by practicing specialists in Veterinary Medicine.
  • Veterinary Students' initiative: International Veterinary Student' Association providing exchange of knowledge and experience among Polish and international students.
  • The Veterinary Medicine Faculty cooperates with many universities worldwide (e.g. Austria, Italy, Hungary, Spain, China, Turkey) and on the basis of bilateral agreements, doctoral students and researchers are offered participation in short-term or long term training programmes abroad.
  • The UPWr Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is a member of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) and the Veterinary Network of European Student and Staff Transfer (VetNEST).
  • The Faculty has high-tech equipment for animal treatment, which is unique among other country research centres: magnetic resonance, tomography and elastography devices.
  • Wide choice of elective courses, such as Dentistry, Diseases of Exotic Animals, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Quality Management in Food Manufacturing.
  • 10th and 11th semester curriculum comprises only practical classes during which students experience direct contact with a wide number of animal species and classes in food processing plants and slaughterhouses. Students cooperate with the veterinary polyclinic staff, take part in 24-hour veterinary medical service and assist in emergency house calls (Mobile Clinic).

Entry Requirements

Our Veterinary Medicine programme is mainly intended for High School/ Secondary School graduates who fulfil the minimum requirements. Candidates for these studies have to possess a high level of knowledge on the subjects of: Chemistry, Biology and English on B2 level. This needs to be proven by certificate or school reports.

English Language Certificates

  1. IB Diploma and EB diploma are equivalent to the proficiency of English Language
  2. University of Cambridge Exams: FCE, CAE, CPE- confirming language knowledge on B2 level,
  3. IELTS, TOEFL- confirming language knowledge on B2 level,
  4. Candidates from EU and EFTA (whole period of High school in EU and EFTA) – certificates confirming English language proficiency on the level B2, according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) as well as :

1)      Swedish candidates (whole period of High school in Sweden) – advanced English presented on High School Diploma with minimum grade : C or VG

2)      Norwegian candidates (whole period of High school in Norway) – advanced English presented on High School Diploma with minimum grade : 4 (god kompetanse i faget)

3)      German candidates (whole period of High school in Germany) – advanced English presented on High School Diploma with minimum grade : 2 (Gut)

4)      Candidates from countries where the official language is English and the medium of instructions was English during whole period of education : not applicable 

Admission process

Intake period: May- September

Application fee: 20 EUR (for all candidates)

Registration system: HERE

Required documents and application info: 

The applicants are expected to submit the following documents upon their arrival to Poland (documents must be scanned and attached to the registration system beforehand):


1.  Application form (signed by the candidate) - downloaded and printed from Dream Apply UPWr registration system,

2.  High school diploma and transcript of grades (if not included on the Diploma). The original of High School Diploma (in your language of origin),

The school documents issued outside the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) educational systems must be legalized in Polish Embassy or Consulate, or provided with an APOSTILLE in the country of student`s origin (depending on country).

Please learn more about Apostille HERE

Please learn more about legalization HERE

Please note that the High School Diploma has to entitle the candidate to study at university level in the country where the diploma has been issued. If it is not clear if the school certificate makes the candidate eligible to study at higher education institution in the country where the certificate has been issued, the admission officer may ask the candidate to provide additional statements proving this eligibility,

Certificates, diplomas or other educational documents that confirm the completion of secondary education in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) or OECD member states as well as the right to apply for higher education programs in the country of issue shall be recognized in Poland by operation of law (i.e. automatically),

If the certificate has been issued outside the EU,EEA, OECD, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Chinese educational sytems, the certificate has to be recognised by the educational superintendent in Poland. The process is called nostrification and must be performed upon arrival to Poland within the 1st semester of studies. More information HERE,

3.       Translation of high school diploma (into Polish or English),

4.    Passport – scan attached to the registration system and original document presented upon arrival to Poland,

5.     English Language Certificate – if your mother language is not English (FCE, CAE, CPE, TOEFL, IELTS) or any other document that certifies reasonable proficiency in English,

6.     Health Certificate – stating that the candidate is in good condition to start veterinary studies. Filled and signed by a doctor. See: download the form HERE,

7.     Confirmation of payment for the 1st semester of studies - the candidate accepted for studies should send it by e-mail:

Welcome Week schedule 2019

ED book I semester 2019

The method of recalculating results on foreign certificates

For Veterinary Medicine the number of admission points (LP) for applicants with foreign certificates is calculated as follows:


LP = WR(B) + WR(Ch)


WR(B)  means the number of recalculated percentage points in advanced biology

WR(Ch) means the number of recalculated percentage points in advanced chemistry

That means only your results in chemistry and biology at advanced level will be taken into account when applying for Veterinary Medicine. If you cannot present such results or if you score less than 30% in either subject, unfortunately you are not eligible to apply. In case of any doubt regarding appropriate documents, please contact the Admissions Office.

Examples of foreign certificates

Examples of foreign certificates accepted as equivalents of advanced level (WR) exams:
  • Belarus - CT
  • France - Baccalaureat
  • Ireland - Leaving Certificate Higher level (starting 2018)
  • Germany - Abiturprüfung
  • Ukraine - ZNO
  • USA - SAT/ ACT/ AP
  • UK - GCE Advanced (A level)
  • BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)


Blanka Satora Veterinary Medicine

UPWr best international Veterinary Medicine's student

Meet Safoura Reza – the winner of the INTERSTUDENT competition for the best students studying in Poland!

fot. Tomasz Lewandowski

You can read more about her and her victory here.

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