Academic year 2017/2018

VETERINARY MEDICINE Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded


Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

5 years; 300 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luigi Intorre

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory selective/competitive entrance exam (numerus clausus).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Long Cycle Degree Programme meets the requirements of EC directives 78/1027, 78/1028, and 2005/36 and provides students with a broad education in veterinary medicine, which allows to pursue several professional careers in the fields of medical clinic and surgery of small and large animals; food safety and veterinary public health; animal breeding, reproduction and nutrition. Graduation opens to further possibilities for professional training, such as PhD courses and schools of specialization. The Programme complies with the standards established by EAEVE (European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education), institution appointed by the European Commission for the verification of the quality of veterinary education at the EU level.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Programme will be able to demonstrate:
- an essential knowledge on basic sciences in perspective of their future professional application;
- a deep knowledge of epidemiology, diagnosis, prevention, therapy and control of infectious and parasitic diseases in animals;
- the knowledge of animal nutrition and breeding technologies;
- the advanced knowledge of the pathologies and the physiopathology of the body;
- the ability to evaluate the general health condition, diseases and welfare of animals;
- the ability to propose and carry out appropriate medical or surgical interventions;
- the deep knowledge of zoonotic and foodborne diseases and their analysis and management;
- the knowledge of the production and transformation processes of the food of animal origin;
- the ability to critically detect and evaluate the impact of animal breeding on the environment;

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Graduates in Veterinary Medicine deal with the protection of the health of animals and humans that come into contact with animals or that eat food of animal origin. They also contribute to environmental protection.
They may set up their own professional service as veterinaries for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of companion animals and livestock, or they may be employed by others in a private veterinary office; they may operate in the National Health Service (in such areas as animal health, food inspection, hygiene of livestock and animal production), or in public and private industry (livestock, pharmaceutical, animal feed, processed food of animal origin) or in research institutes and education (Universities,National Research Council, National Institute of Health, pharmaceutical companies, FAO and other international organizations).

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in VETERINARY MEDICINE allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The final dissertation, to which 15 ECTS are allocated, must demonstrate the knowledge of the above mentioned professional skills.

Course structure diagram

Available courses, 2017/2018