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University College Dublin, School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine

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.
Veterinary medicine at UCD enjoys a long and proud tradition. For generations a large proportion of veterinary practitioners in Ireland have come through our MVB Programme, while other graduates have applied the knowledge and experience gained in our school throughout the world. We now also have excellent programmes of education in veterinary nursing, specialist veterinary medicine, and graduate research.
The close ties which our students develop with staff as undergraduates translate into lasting links with our alumni. In 2002, UCD Veterinary Medicine received a major boost when we moved to our new, purpose-designed Veterinary Sciences Centre and Veterinary Hospital on the UCD campus at Belfield, funded in part by generous donations from our graduates. We now justifiably count ourselves as among the “premier league” of vet schools in Europe. Our state-of-the-art facilities and position on the campus of a major research-intensive university, and as part of the UCD College of Life Sciences, allow us to push back the frontiers of knowledge in veterinary research, thus advancing animal health, animal welfare, and human health. This research informs our educational programmes, ensuring that all of our students, whether studying to be veterinary nurses, veterinarians, veterinary specialists, or for advanced research degrees, receive an excellent education. The UCD Veterinary Hospital, meanwhile, offers a range of high-quality veterinary services for both farm and companion animals.
I hope you enjoy browsing our site and getting a flavour of what we do. If you are looking for specific information as a prospective student, client, referring veterinarian or researcher, the various pages here will direct you to an appropriate contact.
To serve Ireland and the wider world by training veterinary graduates to the highest standards by the advancement and communication of knowledge, by research and scholarship and by providing the highest quality care for animal patients.
Visitors to the UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre should use the Car Park 2, and follow the pathway around to the main entrance.
Visitors to the UCD Veterinary Hospital should use the Hospital entrance and the client car park (follow the signs). Please note that clamping is in operation in this car park, so you must obtain a permit from the UVH reception to display in your car. Further information for visitors to the UVH is available on the UVH website.
The Veterinary Medicine Library provides a service in support of the teaching and research needs of the Faculty. It is situated within the Veterinary Medicine Building on the Belfield Campus.
The library is the only academic veterinary medicine library in the Republic and holds a comprehensive collection of books, journals, indexing & abstracting services and A/V materials. Subjects covered include veterinary science and related disciplines. As part of its holdings, it has a large collection of Veterinary videos. Viewing and listening facilities are available within the library.
Members of the Irish veterinary profession are welcome to use the library as a resource. Those who avail of external borrower membership are entitled to use the document supply and mediated literature searching services as well as borrow from the book & video collections.

Veterinary Medicine Library
University College Dublin
Dublin 4
Tel: + 353-1-716 6208
Fax: +353-1-716 6267

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