Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution in Lithuania to award master’s degree and qualification in veterinary medicine and veterinary food safety. The Faculty of Veterinary has 79 years of deeply rooted traditions in teaching veterinary.
The Faculty consists of 4 departments, 1 institute of Microbiology and Virology, 2 Animal Clinics: Dr. L. Kriaučeliūnas Small Animal Clinic and Large Animal Clinic, 3 research centres, the Pathology Centre and open - accsess research laboratories of Valley „Nemunas“. Presently Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has more than 1,200 students.
All students, depending on their academic results, have possibility to apply for Erasmus exchanges (agreements are signed with 15 universities and faculties having similar study programs) and for mobility within BOVA academic network inside Baltic States and to Nordic countries for intensive international courses.
The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine offers for students very convenient facilities: the classrooms, laboratories and clinics are located in one area, and the dormitories are also nearby. The faculty has numerous agreements with the food industry, animal clinics, pharmaceutical companies and establishments where students can gain practical skills.
An official list of the overall objectives and tasks of the Veterinary Faculty:
To carry out and develop veterinary and veterinary food safety studies of the highest quality in order to provide a research-based contemporary level of knowledge and technologies compatible with higher university education and higher education qualification, to foster a civil, comprehensively educated, creative and entrepreneurial personality.
To develop in a sustainable way scientific knowledge in the area of biomedicine, execute high level scientific research and experimental development. To develop scientists, perform comprehensive practical activity. To co-operate with national and foreign partners in the areas of science and other areas.
To provide animal health care services of the highest level. To create conditions for developing science and studies in the clinical base, provide clinical, methodological and consultation services for small and large animal breeders, food producers and consumers.
To seek for effective management and control processes, while increasing effectiveness of the faculty‘s activity, improving management of material resources and use of means, developing human resources and ensuring welfare of the faculty‘s staff and students.
1. To optimize the structure of the faculty‘s study units.
2. To improve the quality of studies: elaborate the process of studies, study programmes, and introduce ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) studies centred around the student and to increase teachers‘competencies.
3. To develop E-studies and electronic administration of studies.
4. To create new study programmes.
5. To improve admission of students.
6. To encourage and support students to take active part in scientific and social-public student activity while evaluating and improving the process of studies.
7. To strengthen interaction of studies with science, clinical practice and business.
8. To increase the number of foreign students in veterinary medicine and veterinary food safety programmes.
9. To promote academic exchanges with the aim of increasing numbers of arriving and departing students and teachers.
10. To develop lifelong learning.
11. To improve ties with graduates.
12. To create and develop modern infrastructure required for fundamental and applied science research and business needs, to use it more rationally.
13. To develop scientists and create conditions for growing of their scientific competency.
14. To increase internationality of scientific research and integrate in the common European research area.
15. To develop ties of scientific investigations with business and increase commercialization of the results of scientific research. To carry out educational activity while promoting achievements of science and increasing prestige and visibility of science.
16. To develop animal health care services while increasing their range and forming new patient flows.
17. To implement a system of information technologies for the management of patient flows including possibilities of data accumulation, exchange and analysis.
- Veterinary Medicine
- Veterinary Food Safety
1. Veterinary Medicine study programme:
1. Veterinary Medicine (336 ECTS)
PhD of Veterinary Medicine
Duration – 5,5 years (full time)
Minimal education of entrant - Secondary
Duration - 4 years (full time)
5 years (part time)
The Programme of Veterinary Medicine conforms to the National Regulations, descriptions of the Common Requirements, and Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of professional qualifications and Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 November 2013 amending Directive 2005/36/EC.
VM Study Programme of integral studies will form and develop competences necessary to carry out professional activity. Upon successful graduation of the Study Programme students obtain general and special competences.
The volume of the Veterinary Medicine Studies is 336 ECTS, including 35 credits for practise, and 16 credits – for the preparation and defence of the final thesis.
Graduates of integral studies lasting 5,5 years are awarded with a qualification of the veterinary surgeon and master‘s qualification degree.
A person who has acquired professional qualification of a veterinary surgeon can work in this capacity in Lithuania and Europe. Graduates are able to practice in private and state institutions. Veterinary doctors can diagnose animal diseases, treat animals, apply prophylactic measures, monitor the transfer of animal diseases and food chain safety, conduct research and present their knowledge, solve complex veterinary-related problems, as well as apply gained abilities and knowledge in different activities and further self-education. Food safety managers can analyse and assess the safety aspects of food products and raw materials in relation to human health, covering the entire food chain. They design and manage food safety control systems in the manufacturing process and are familiar with general quality control and management systems. Graduates of the last five years have been very successful in finding jobs in Lithuania or abroad and they successfully work both in the private and state sectors. Private veterinary activity can be pursued by a veterinary surgeon holding a valid license in veterinary practice or veterinary pharmacy. State policy in the areas of animal health and welfare, safety and quality of food supplied on the market in Lithuania is formed by the Sate Food and Veterinary Service.
PhD study programme of veterinary medicine. Doctoral students prepare a doctoral thesis (adequate to PhD) which is defended in accordance to the appropriate documents.
Veterinary food safety study programme:
Veterinary Food Safety (240 ECTS)
Duration - 4 years (full time)
6 yars (part time)
Minimal education of entrant - Secondary
Veterinary Food Safety (120 ECTS)
Duration - 2 years (full time)
3 years (part time)
Minimal education of entrant - Bachelor in Public Health
Self-evaluation report of Veterinary Food Safety study programme:
|LUHS Veterinary Food Safety|
|LUHS MAster Veterianry Food Safety|
The Bachelor in Public Health is awarded. Purpose of studies – to prepare the qualified specialists of public health, who are able to apply the up-to-date scientific and practical achievements in the area of food safety, and to work successfully as the quality specialists in the chains of quality and safety securing of animal and non-animal food products, in the food companies, supermarkets, catering companies, as a specialist of public health in national and international institutions of various levels, in the scientific and educational institutions, laboratory, State Agency of Food and Veterinary and the subordinate institutions, public health centers, pharmaceutical companies, and departments of food supply.
Result of studies – the person, who completes the study program of Veterinary Food Safety and acquires a Bachelor's degree in Public Health, is able to solve practical issues of the quality and safety securing of animal and non-animal food products and raw materials in cooperation with the specialists of other areas. These persons implant and apply the systems of safety control of food raw materials and hygiene securing in the technological processes; conduct laboratory tests of quality and safety parameters of food products; are able to work productively with the quality management systems in the food companies and testing laboratories; can consult on the issues of food safety and quality with regard to public health; are able to control food chain in all the levels and areas by securing public health from the raw material until the user.
The Faculty pursues fundamental, applied scientific research, experimental development, other scientific activity endowing students with research skills, improving professional qualification of teachers and workers of science and creating conditions for supplementing the subjects with latest knowledge of science and practice.
Main research areas:
- Epidemiology of animal diseases, etiology and pathogenesis, prevention, investigations in the consistent patterns of pathological processes and protective reactions of the organism;
- Investigations in the quality of raw materials and safety of foodstuffs, creation of innovative technologies and products.
- Investigations in animal breeding, genetic, reproduction, nutrition, feedstuff, welfare and impact on the environment;