Prep Course Master Veterinary Medicine

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Do you want to be a veterinarian? And are you studying at an EAEVE or AVMA accredited veterinary institution? Are you interested in advancing animal health and animal welfare in relation to public health and the environment? Then sign up for this summer course that will prepare you for the Master’s programme of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. The course-programme offers intensive training in the physical examination of animals. Furthermore, you will learn how to perform clinical reasoning and will learn about topical issues on animal welfare, ethics and legislation.

Structure of the programme
The programme starts with a few introductory lectures and then consists mainly of practicals (to practise your diagnostic and lab skills) and seminars (where you will work mainly on clinical reasoning). 

You will be tested on all elements of the course by a formal examination which consists of a written exam and a practical component – the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE). In addition, you will be expected to write a narrative review that will be graded. The narrative review must be submitted before 1 September 2023, i.e. either during or soon after completion of the summer school. After successful completion of the course and the examination, you will be awarded a certificate, as well as 6 EC.

In addition to being used as a preparatory programme for those wishing to follow the Master’s programme in Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht, this summer course is also a great way to hone your basic skills in production animal medicine and as such can be used as a stand-alone addition to your studies. You are expected to be familiar with basic veterinary medical terminology (in English).

Admission to the Prep Course Master Veterinary Medicine
Students who pass the summer course examination - including the narrative review component - and who are proficient in both Dutch and English, are eligible to apply for admission to the Master’s programme Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University. The Master’s programme trains students to become generally certified veterinarians (DVM).

Utrecht University is the only university in the Netherlands with a Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The quality of the Dutch veterinary education is internationally recognised by the AVMA and the EAEVE and contributes to the high level of veterinary performance in the Dutch animal sector.

Please note: If you wish to apply to the Master Veterinary Medicine, the Utrecht Summer School certificate you receive in the summer of 2023, will expire in June 2025.

Information about AVMA and EAEVE accreditation/approval.

Because of the nature of the course this summer school will be offered face-to-face, with possibly some online components. Presence in Utrecht is required.

Programma PREP voorlopig.pdf
Utrecht Summer School Welcome Day 2023_28.pdf
Course director
Gerrit Koop, DVM PhD MSc

Target audience

The course is aimed at applicants studying Veterinary Medicine at a degree programme in Veterinary Medicine (minimum admissions requirement >= 140 EC) within Europe accredited or approved by the EAEVE or the AVMA (see description field for links to the websites). Please note: if the number of applicants exceeds the maximum of ten, your motivation will be considered for selection.

If you have a veterinary background and are a 'statushouder' please get in contact via for additional information about the application procedure.

Aim of the course

At the end of this course, you should be able to perform a thorough clinical examination in a variety of animal species, for example cattle, swine and poultry, but also dogs, cats and horses. You should also be able to apply clinical reasoning to create a list of potential diagnoses, suggestions for additional tests (e.g. microbiological, biochemical), treatment options, and a prevention strategy.

Study load

The course will consist of approximately 20 hours of lectures per week, and instruction and a similar number of hours of self-study. Students will need another 20 hours to write the narrative review.


Course fee:
Fee covers
Course + course materials
Housing fee:
Housing cost
Housing provider:
Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

Because of the nature of the course this summer school will be offered face-to-face, with possibly some online components. Presence in Utrecht is required. If you would like to make use of the Utrecht Summer School student accommodation, please make sure to check this page. You can check in on or after Sunday 2 July 2023, after 12.00 (noon). More information regarding the check-in is available in the pre-departure and day-to-day document. 


Extra application information
  • The maximum capacity for this course is 10 attendees.
  • If there are not enough applications, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine reserves the right to cancel this course.
  • The course is hands-on and therefore it can be cancelled if the situation of the pandemic demands so. 

We will inform all applicants as soon as possible about any decisions made. 


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

Motivation Letter
Transcript of Grades

Contact details

For more information about the Master’s programme Veterinary Medicine and the admission requirements to this programme, please consult this page.

If you have any questions about the summer course or the Master’s programme, or if you are not sure whether you have the right qualifications, please contact Mrs. Kristel van Soeren at the Educational and Student Affairs’ Office of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine via:


Application deadline: 
Registration deadline
28 April 2023