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The Single Cycle Degree Course in Veterinary Medicine falls within the degree class LM-42 , as per  Ministerial Decree No. 270/2004. 
The course lasts five years and allows students to deepen their knowledge of veterinary medicine through both theoretical and practical lessons. In order to graduate, students must acquire 300 ECTS.

Students are awarded a veterinary degree upon defense of a dissertation (9ECTS).

Graduates of Veterinary Medicine can access second-level master's courses, Specialization Schools and PhD programmes. 

Director of Degree Course
Giulia Maria De Benedictis


Although the degree course in Veterinary Medicine was officially established in 1992, its teaching goes back centuries. In fact, this discipline was already largely established within the Republic of Venice during the 18th century.

Originally established with the aim of studying and treating zoonotic diseases as the result of imports of meat from international markets, the very first Chair of Agriculture was converted into a School of Veterinary Medicine over time. 
The School became then part of the faculty of Medicine and Surgery. It was only during the 90s that it became a faculty on its own, thanks to the establishment of the Agripolis Campus in Legnaro.

Veterinary studies at the University of Padova have always played a key role in responding to local needs, starting with ensuring excellent animal care and welfare. In fact, better animal care results in improved human welfare.
A forward-looking concept which could easily translate into One Health.

  Features and purposes

The Single Cycle Degree Course in Veterinary Medicine aims at providing high quality education in veterinary medicine, both theoretically and practically speaking, so as to ensure that the so-called day one competencies expected of new veterinary graduates are acquired, while protecting both the animal and human health and ensuring the safety of food products

The fact that the degree course was awarded the accreditation status by EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) in 2010 is proof of the high educational standards in place.

Veterinary students' educational development is ongoing. For this, veterinary graduates may continue their studies and enrol in PhD programmes, specialization schools, high-quality training courses and continuing education programmes.

  Carrer opportunities

Veterinarians may work as self-employed professionals in a variety of sectors, including the National Health Service, public and private companies, national and international institutions, and research bodies.