The School of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht, as a part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, is the only place in the Netherlands where veterinarians are trained. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (and thus the School of Veterinary Medicine) is the centre of expertise and point of reference for veterinary issues for the entire country, and increasingly for the world abroad as well. Our activities include providing primary health and welfare care for a variety of types of animals, monitoring food safety and the prevention of zoonoses (diseases transferable from animals to humans). The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is considered one of the leading veterinary medicine faculties in Europe and is ranked in the top ten world-wide.
The School of Veterinary Medicine is not only accredited by European organisations, but by the umbrella organisations in the United States and Canada as well. This means that veterinarians who have graduated from Utrecht University can go on to work anywhere in the world.
In order to qualify for international accreditation, we must constantly monitor, evaluate and improve the quality of our study programme, both as to the content of the educational forms applied as well as that of their didactic foundations. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine even has its own chair group for Quality Control in Veterinary Education, in which we perform academic research into the various issues pertaining to education. This level of attention to quality, combined with the high standards expected of our students, have led to no less than 87% of our new students successfully completing their course of study.