Prep Course Master's Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health

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Do you want to become a veterinary expert in the livestock sector? 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 in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health at Utrecht University. The course-programme offers intensive training in the physical examination of animals, with an emphasis on cattle, swine and poultry. Furthermore, you will learn how to perform clinical reasoning and will learn about topical issues on animal welfare, ethics and legislation.

Diagnostics, clinical reasoning
The main focus of the course is clinical diagnostics and clinical reasoning (as they are taught in Utrecht). The programme will also cover laboratory diagnostics and some pathology. 

Scientific writing
Under the supervision of one of our experts, you will explore a veterinary subject about which you will write a short academic paper.

Soft skills
The programme also offers some training in soft skills such as communication and collaboration. These skills are indispensable in your daily veterinary work and will also help you to adapt more easily to developments in the veterinary field.

Social activities
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht has a close-knit student community. To make you feel at home you will meet some of our Master’s students and will get the opportunity to ask them questions about living and studying in Utrecht. 

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 takes the form 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 September 1st 2020, 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 Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health (DVM/MSc) in 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 Master’s programme Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health at Utrecht University (FAHVPH)
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 Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health 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 recognized 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’s programme in Farm Animal and Veterinary Public Health, the Utrecht Summer School certificate you receive in the summer of 2020, will expire in June 2022.

Information about AVMA and EAEVE accreditation/approval.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Ruurd Jorritsma, 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 that is 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, your motivation will be considered for selection.

Course aim

At the end of this course, you should be able to perform a thorough clinical examination in a variety of animal species, mainly cattle, swine and poultry, but also dogs, cats and horses. You should also 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 per week of lectures and instruction and a similar number of hours of self-study. Students will need another 20 hours to write the narrative review.


Course fee:
Course + course materials
Housing fee:

Housing through: Utrecht Summer School.


In case there are insufficient applications, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine reserves the right to cancel this course.

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

  • Transcript of Grades

More information

For more information about the Master’s programme Farm Animal Health and Veterinary Public Health 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. M. Hoogeveen at the Educational and Student Affairs’ Office of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine via:


Application deadline: 24 May 2020