Master's in Veterinary Medicine

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Vetsuisse Faculty) at the University of Bern offers an integrated Bologna degree program in Veterinary Medicine and several doctoral programs. Some 320 Veterinary Medicine students and around 70 doctoral students are currently enrolled in the faculty.

Veterinary Medicine is concerned with the following areas:

  • Measures that improve the health and wellbeing of animals: breeding, housing, nutrition, treatment
  • Researching, preventing and treating diseases
  • Protecting humans from harm caused by animal diseases
  • Monitoring foodstuffs of animal origin
  • Problems relating to protecting animals and the environment

At the end of their third year of study, students choose a special qualification. From the fourth year of study, some teaching takes place in the chosen special qualification. After graduating with a master's, students must pass the Swiss final examination. The diploma in Veterinary Medicine qualifies graduates to work in all areas of veterinary medicine in Switzerland.

Labor
Vetsuisse
Basic information
Degree: Master of Veterinary Medicine, Vetsuisse Fakultät der Universitäten Bern und Zürich
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: Fall semester

The fourth and fifth years of study in the master's degree program are split into core studies and special qualification studies. Core content covers the knowledge and skills that are considered to be standard in veterinary medicine. As part of their special qualifications studies, students can go into specific content in depth.

Three clinical and two non-clinical special qualification options are available:
Clinical: small animals, horses, domestic animals.
Non-clinical: pathobiology and veterinary public health.
At the start of the 4th year, students choose a special qualification.

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Veterinary Medicine (mono):

a) Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the Vetsuisse Faculty or an equivalent university degree 
b) Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine from a foreign university or an equivalent degree awarded by an education institution, which has been positively evaluated or accredited in accordance with the guidelines of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) plus proof of a university place 

The number of students in the program is limited. Students will only be admitted if all admission requirements have been met and there is a place available.

The following students are eligible to participate in the master’s degree program (with admission restrictions):

  1. Students who have successfully completed the bachelor's degree program in Bern in the semester prior to their first semester in the master’s degree program
  2. Students who are permitted on the basis of assessment after taking a break following graduation from the bachelor's degree program in Bern
  3. Students who have a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine awarded by a foreign university or an equivalent degree awarded by an education institution, which has been positively evaluated or accredited in accordance with the guidelines of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE) or the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and provided that a place is available.

Swiss bachelor's degrees/programs

from the University of Bern

that allow admission to the desired master's degree program without any assessment:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

Application deadline: February 15; late applications are not possible
 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.
 

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the mono Master of Veterinary Medicine by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration

Successful attainment of the master's in Veterinary Medicine authorizes graduates to register for the Swiss Federal Examination (State examination). Continuing professional development after completion of studies is a routine requirement for veterinarians. Students may work on scientific topics within universities (doctoral thesis). The Society of Swiss Veterinarians (GST) offers further development opportunities in all areas (including specialization with the title FVH).