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Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine


University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences(UVAS), Lahore



Norges veterinærhøgskole utdanner veterinærer og dyrepleiere og driver forskning innenfor akvamedisin, mattrygghet, komparativ medisin og på sykdommer, helse og dyrevelferd hos pattedyr. Forskningen spiller en sentral rolle som grunnlag for undervisning og faglig utvikling.

Høgskolen driver et undervisningshospital med avanserte diagnostiske hjelpemidler, gode behandlingstilbud og høy kompetanse, og har et viktig nettverk ut til alle brukere av veterinære tjenester.  Dette skjer gjennom klinikk- og laboratorievirksomhet og gjennom forskningssamarbeid.  Klinikk- og laboratorievirksomhet er nødvendig for å drive en god undervisning.  

Norges veterinærhøgskole ligger på Adamstuen i Oslo med avdelinger i Tromsø og Sandnes. Høgskolen har rundt 450 ansatte og 500 studenter.


About NVH

First established in 1935, the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) is the only institution in Norway that is authorized to offer education and award professional and PhD degrees within the field of veterinary medicine and related sciences.  The school is also responsible for the major part of all veterinary research conducted in the country.


NVH is a state owned, autonomous institution of higher education, with university level status. The school has a student body of 470, including 80 doctoral students.


NVH has four academic departments, all involved in teaching and research:

Department of Basic Sciences & Aquatic Medicine

Department of Food Safety & Infection Biology

Department of Production Animal Clinical Sciences

Department of Companion Animal Clinical Sciences


While the main campus is based at Adamstua in Oslo, the Sections for Artic Veterinary Medicine and Small Ruminants are based, respectively, in Tromsø above the arctic circle, and Sandnes in the south west of the country. 


In addition, the school runs the national animal hospital and several other clinics serving patients in and around the Oslo area.  It also incorporates the central clinical laboratory, the Section for Laboratory Animals, and various other diagnostic clinics and teaching and research stations.


Veterinary medicine

This is a five and a half year professional degree programme.  Successful candidates become qualified veterinary surgeons.

Admission Requirements
A school leaving certificate incorporating mathematics and chemistry is required.  Applicants must be fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. Admission is based on final school grades and is highly competitive. Admission is centralised through the national "Samordna opptak", theNorwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS).

See also: Academic calendar.

Educational + professional goals
NVH shall educate Veterinary Surgeons who:

  • have the necessary basic knowledge and skills within the field of veterinary medicine to enable them to start their professional careers within all the various core areas of the profession, but who are even better prepared to start working within the area they have studied in depth during the final year  
  • have insight into the fundamental scientific principles which are the prerequisites for all knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine, and who are capable of building upon this insight and applying it in their professional life
  • are able to carry out independent problem solving and life long learning
  • acknowledge the intrinsic value of animals in their own right, and act as ambassadors for animal protection and welfare
  • are able to communicate and cooperate with other people and treat them with  respect

Career Opportunities
The programme qualifies candidates for a wide spectrum of jobs within the veterinary profession, and other work requiring competence in medical science and biology - 
e.g. private practice with production animals, companion animals and horses, and food safety/public health work, fish health, animal welfare, slaughter house management, pharmaceutical industry, teaching, research etc.   

Course structure:

Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
1 Block 1 Blocks 2, 3 & 4
2 Blocks 4 (contd) & 5 Blocks 6 & 7
3 Blocks 7(contd) & 8 Blocks 8 (contd), 9 & 10. Also course in propaedeutic clinical work.
4 Diagnostics Clinical training at NVH
5 Clinical Training at NVH Differentiation/Tracking Year (courses + clinical training)                            
6 Differentiation/Tracking Year (courses + clinical training) + final thesis                           

Final Examination and examination and assessment regulations

Veterinary Nursing

This is a two-year professional programme. Successful candidates become qualified veterinary technicians.

Admission Requirements: A school leaving certificate. Applicants must be fluent in Norwegian or another Scandinavian language. Admission is based on final school grades and is highly competitive. Admission is centralised through the national "Samordna opptak", the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS).

See also: Academic calendar.

Educational and Professional Goals
The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science in Oslo has provided a programme in veterinary nursing since 1994, with an intake of 14 students per annum.   This was a one-year course until the autumn of 2003, when it was lengthened to two years by including the compulsory seeing-practice period in the course itself.   In 2007 the School will increase admission to 30 students annually.  The title, ”Veterinary technician” is protected by law.

The curriculum for the veterinary nursing programme was approved by The Board in June 2003.  The pre- and para-clinical part of this curriculum are organised in blocks or bulks of subjects with a similar or related context. Each block is completed before a new block is commenced. This allows for the students to concentrate entirely on the contents of each block, rather than having to study other unrelated subjects that run parallel to these blocks.

The veterinary nurse students must be knowledgeable and demonstrate an understanding of the pre- and para-clinical subjects in order to gain competence in clinical subjects. The clinical part of the curriculum is integrated in all 4 semesters, 3 clinical parts all together.
These clinical periods are divided between private clinics and the clinics at the veterinary school, at a total of 34 weeks.

Course structure:

Year Autumn Semester Spring Semester
1 Taught Modules Taught Modules + clinical training
2 Taught Modules Clinical Training + Exam

Final Examination and examination and assessment regulations

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters: Autumn Semester, 18 weeks and Spring Semester, 22 weeks.
Autumn Semester begins on the first Monday on or after 14th August.
The Inauguration Ceremony is held on the Friday closest to the 1st September
Spring Semester begins on the first Monday on or after 4th January
The Graduation Ceremony is held the Friday closest to the 15th June
Teaching normally takes place between 8:00 and 15:45

ECTS Institutional Coordinator:


NVH  Main Campus
Phone (Switchboard)  +47-22964500
Fax  +47-22597309
E-mail (Official enquiries)

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