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University of Ghent Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Founded in 1817 as a Latin-speaking State University by William I, King of the Netherlands, Ghent University is a relatively young university. After its independence in 1830, the Belgian State was in charge of the administration of Ghent University; French was the new official academic language. In 1930 Ghent University became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium. The Decree of 1991 assigned great autonomy to the university.

Over the years eminent scientists such as Joseph Plateau (physicist, considered as a pioneer in the development of motion pictures), Leo Baekeland (inventor of Bakelite) and Corneel Heymans (Nobel Prize winner in Medicine) studied and worked at Ghent University.

With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous research groups, centres and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics, history,...

Today, after decades of uninterrupted growth, Ghent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. Ghent University is an open, committed and pluralistic university with a broad international perspective.

Located in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and the cultural and economical heart of Europe, Ghent University is an active partner in national and international educational, scientific and industrial cooperation.



Ghent University's eleven faculties are composed of more than 130 departments all together. These departements offer high-quality courses in every one of their scientific disciplines, each inspired by innovative research.

  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

In addition to these faculties, Ghent University has five Doctoral Schools just for doctoral researchers. These schools provide support to doctoral students through specialized courses as well transferable skills training, they contribute to a quality culture in research, and take care of the social and international visibility of the doctoral degree.




32.000 students - 11 faculties 


7.100 staff members

  • 962 professors (Autonomous Academic Staff)
  • 1068 assistants (Academic Assisting Staff)
  • 747 other scientific staff members
  • 2.307 administrative and technical staff members
  • 2.010 externally financed researchers

excl. personeel UZ Gent

Also, Ghent University's international image is reflected in the basic facts and figures. Further reading on the international facts and figures and UGent's attitude towards and position in the major rankings.


  • annual revenue: 410 million euro; the direct funding from the Flemish Community makes up 49% of the total revenue
  • 58% of the revenue is used for the personnel costs, 35% for operations and equipment, the remaining 7% goes to the depreciation of the university investments
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  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

    The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Ghent University has a long history and offers society academic education and services which are based on scientific research in the field of veterinary medicine.

    The faculty, with about 1,400 students and 50 professors, is one of the 11 faculties of the Ghent University. The educational programs are supported by the scientific research performed by the 12 departments.

    Animals can be presented in the Animal hospital.


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    Biocentre Agri-Vet

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    ti on. The farm off ers many possibiliti such as management, housing and nutri

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    ti The dairy farm accommodates approximately 60 dairy cows which are milked 2 or 3

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    partly in accordance with their natural behaviour. To feed the animals, fodder crops such as grass,

    l one week before farrowing, the sows move freely in the stall. This system is


    fi maize, cereals and occasionally beet are grown on the

    about 70 hectares.

    elds that surround the farm and cover



    General contact information


    Ghent University
    Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
    B - 9000 Ghent
    general no. +32 9 264 31 11
    online infodesk:
    VAT BE 248.015.142


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