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University College Dublin Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (UCD) is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities where undergraduate education, postgraduate masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic continuum of activity.

The university was established in 1854 by John Henry Newman whose classic work The Idea of a University is one of the most enduring texts on the value of higher education and a source of inspiration for UCD’s current educational philosophy.




The mission of the School is to develop and apply science and engineering scholarship to problems in animal health and welfare, human health, food systems and agriculture for the benefit of society through excellence in teaching and research. The School supports the indigenous agri-food and animal health industries in Ireland by educating students to become industry leaders and by conducting world class, cutting edge research.

The School is a centre of expertise in the sciences underpinning the safety of the food chain, food quality, animal health and welfare and public health. Research and education in companion and sport animal health and welfare are also an important part of our mission  The research contributes to an improvement in the sustainability of agriculture, health and welfare of animals and humans, quality and security of food and consumer well being. The research ethos is to foster curiosity-based and hypothesis-driven research to best international standards on areas of key strategic relevance to Ireland.  Furthermore, the research will encompass basic discovery of biological mechanisms, the application of knowledge to problem solving, both on-farm and during processing, and the translation of scientific discoveries into clinical applications.  The School has attracted almost €20m research funding during the past year. The interdisciplinary nature of the research programmes makes the School an interesting and exciting area in which to work and study. We are currently recruiting up to 60 researchers (at postgraduate and postdoctoral level). Please see the Research section of our website for further details.

Professor Shane Ward
Head of School
UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine


The College is dedicated to the creation, delivery and communication of new knowledge and innovation across the spectrum of Life Sciences.  With a staff of 753 and a student population of 6454 including 1760 postgraduate students, the College is a vibrant community dedicated to excellence in all our pursuits.Our research-informed teaching programmes offer excellent opportunities that equip graduates for the exciting range of employment opportunities provided by the national and international markets of the 21st century.

In addition to the seven Schools in the College, there are a number of associated Institutes including the Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research and the Institute of Food & Health where students and staff have access to major technology platforms essential to the conduct of world-class cutting-edge research.

The College of Life Sciences prides itself in the quality of its graduates and has expertise in biological and chemical sciences, biomedical and veterinary sciences, reproductive biology and food and health.

Professor Maurice Boland College PrincipalUCD College of Life Sciences, Dublin Ireland


For General queries please contact the School office on:
Tel.: + 353 1 716 6100
Fax: + 353 1 716 6104

Postal Address: UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre,
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

For queries relating to Undergraduate programmes please contact the UCD Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine Programme Office at:

For queries relating to the School's Postgraduate programmes please contact Karen Holland
Tel: +353 1 716 6102, Email:

For queries relating to Research Administration please contact Nuala Haught
Tel: +353 1 716 7708, Email:

The University Veterinary Hospital can be contacted on
Tel: +353 1 716 6000

Lyons Research Farm - please contact Marion Long on
Tel: +353 01 601 2140

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