Veterinary medicine is both a science and an art, with its origins dating back to ancient times. Over the centuries, its servants have contributed to the progress of humanity and the protection of public health, and its noble healing mission has earned it well-deserved respect.

Although it was only made official in 1961, with the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM), veterinary education in Iasi dates back almost a century – a time during which it has developed and modernized through the dedication and altruism of great professionals.

In its 60 years of existence, the faculty has contributed to the training of more than 5000 specialists in veterinary medicine who have worked or are working in all sectors of the profession, on all continents of the world.

As a medical profession, veterinary medicine is a liberal profession governed by modern European legislation that allows its practitioners freedom of movement and professional integration within the European Union.

The curricular disciplines and practical training in the faculty’s clinics over the 6 years provide students with a solid foundation for the role they will take on after graduation – safeguarding the health of wildlife and fellow humans. Employment opportunities are plentiful, with graduates able to opt for private practices and clinics, the state veterinary network, the pharmaceutical industry and veterinary pharmacies, farms, diagnostic laboratories, research institutes, police and military units.

After Romania’s admission to the European Union (2007) and the adoption of the system of transferable credits, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi has established collaborative relations with numerous medical-veterinary education institutions in Europe, which allows both teachers and students to carry out training periods within the framework of Socrates-Erasmus mobility programs.

Our faculty offers a modern curriculum, perfectly in line with the requirements of modern European education.

The educational mission of the Iasi School of Veterinary Medicine is complemented by a significant scientific activity recognized by numerous awards, medals and distinctions obtained by its members, in the country and abroad. The human and logistical potential of the faculty has enabled fruitful collaborative relations with renowned research institutions such as the Pasteur Institute in Paris and the Romanian Academy. This offers the possibility to young graduates to continue their professional career through doctoral and post-doctoral studies in a dynamic and motivated team with international visibility.

I. The Mission of The Study Program: Veterinary Medicine

FVM Iasi’s mission has three important dimensions:

A. The didactic mission is to prepare students to practice as veterinarians, with competences in:

  • animal health protection;
  • hygiene and sanitation of animal products;
  • veterinary medical biotechnologies;
  • veterinary laboratory diagnosis;
  • control of the production, marketing and use of veterinary products;
  • control of the organisation and transport of animals, animal products and animal feed;
  • protection of public health;
  • the breeding, farming and feeding of animals;
  • animal breeding; fundamental and applied animal genetics research;
  • protection of domestic and wild animals;
  • control of the industrialisation and valorisation of animal products;
  • environmental protection and pollution control;
  • veterinary medical statistics
  • veterinary scientific education and research.

B. The scientific research mission consists of training and developing scientific and research skills of students and graduates in the University’s advanced research centres: the Regional Centre for Advanced Research on Emerging Diseases, Zoonoses and Food Safety – Rovetemerg (http://www.uaiasi.ro/POC/ROVETEMERG/), the Laboratory of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Laboratory of Serology and Molecular Biology, the Biobase FMV).

Through its important role in scientific research, FMV Iasi assumes the improvement of the activity of the doctoral school in the field of veterinary medicine, the approach of new research topics on the scientific development of veterinary medicine in collaboration with universities and research institutes in the country and abroad, the provision of specific equipment in its research laboratories.

C. The mission of continuous training of graduates through postgraduate and doctoral studies and participation in the National Continuing Education System Programme, initiated by the General Association of Veterinarians in Romania, the College of Veterinarians, A.N.S.V.S.A. and the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine in the country. FVM Iasi is a reference methodological centre within the National Continuing Education System for veterinarians from the counties of Iasi, Suceava, Neamt, Bacau, Galati, Vaslui, Braila, Tulcea, Botosani.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi makes an important contribution to local, regional, national and European development in professional, social and economic terms.

Through its present and future public mission, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Iasi assumes:

  • the permanent updating of the training of specialists;
  • to provide a higher qualification to the best specialists through postgraduate doctoral education, internship, etc.;
  • providing consultancy to productive units in the animal husbandry, food industry, medicine industry as well as to decision making bodies within management and legal structures;
  • development of cooperation with similar faculties and research institutions at home and abroad;

II. Objectives of The Study Program: Veterinary Medicine

The main objective of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is to consolidate a clear and unmistakable identity in the national and international context, to become a high-performance institution, with European recognition (EAEVE accredited), able to apply a student-centered education and to engage in fundamental and applied scientific research activities, including convertible into economic added value, through the cohesion of joint efforts, on principles of professionalism, ethics and professional deontology, unconditional involvement, respect for the community and excellence in the activities carried out.

General objectives

The program of study VETERINARY MEDICINE has as general objectives the preparation of the students for the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of veterinary medicine.

Specific objectives

The knowledge and skills provided by the Veterinary Medicine study program in English at FVM Iasi are in accordance with the provisions of Government Decision HG 469/24.06.2015 (Annex_HG-469-din-2015) and the requirements of Directive 36 /2005 EC (Annex _Directive_2005_36_EC) and the amendments made by Directive 55/2013 EC, (Annex Directive_55 of 2013 EC) on the recognition of professional qualifications “Section 5, Article 38: “paragraph (3) Training as a veterinary surgeon shall ensure that the person concerned has acquired the following knowledge and skills:

a) adequate knowledge of the sciences on which the activities of veterinary profession are based and of the European Union law regarding the respective activities;

b) adequate knowledge about the structure, functions, behavior and psychological needs of the animals, as well as the skills and competences necessary for their breeding, feeding, welfare, reproduction and hygiene, in general;

c) the clinical, epidemiological and analytical skills and competencies necessary for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases, including anesthesia, aseptic surgery and euthanasia, considered individually or in groups, including specific knowledge about diseases transmitted to humans;

d) knowledge, skills and competences of preventive medicine, including competences related to investigations and certification;

e) adequate knowledge of the hygiene and technology of the production, manufacture and putting into circulation of food products intended for animals or those of animal origin intended for human consumption, including the skills and competences necessary to understand and explain good practices in this field;

f) the knowledge, skills and competences necessary for the responsible and judicious use of veterinary medicinal products for the treatment of animals and for ensuring safety in the food chain and environmental protection;

III. Skills Acquired by Graduates at the End of their Studies in Accordance with European Regulations

  • Obtain an accurate and relevant history of the individual animal or animal group, and its/their husbandry and environment.
  • Develop appropriate treatment plans and administer treatment in the interests of the patient and with regard to the resources available and appropriate public health and environmental considerations.
  • Synthesizes and prioritizes problems to arrive at differential diagnoses.
  • Prioritize situational urgency and allocate resources.
  • Act professionally in complex situations.
  • Handle and restrain animal patients safely and humanely, and instruct others in helping the veterinary surgeon perform these techniques.
  • Perform simple, elective surgeries in an aseptic fashion.
  • Perform a complete clinical examination relevant to presentation and context.
  • Attend all species in an emergency and perform first aid.
  • Collect, preserve and transport samples, select appropriate diagnostic tests, interpret and understand the limitations of the test results
  • Use diagnostic techniques and use basic imaging equipment and carry out an examination effectively as appropriate to the case.
  • Safely perform sedation, and general and regional anesthesia; implement chemical methods of restraint.
  • Assess and manage pain.
  • Recognize when euthanasia is appropriate and perform it humanely.
  • Perform a systematic gross post-mortem examination, record observations
  • Assess the physical condition, welfare and nutritional status of an animal or group of animals and advise the client on good practice of husbandry and feeding.
  • Recognize suspicious signs of possible notifiable, reportable and zoonotic diseases and take appropriate action, including notifying the relevant authorities.
  • Apply population principles in compliance with legal regulations and economic realities.
  • Recommend and evaluate protocols for biosecurity, and apply principles of biosecurity correctly, including sterilization of equipment and disinfection of clothing.
  • Advise stakeholders on practices that promote animal welfare
  • Perform ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food-chain, including paying attention to welfare aspects; correctly identify conditions affecting the quality and safety of products of animal origin, to exclude those animals whose condition means their products are unsuitable for the food-chain.
  • Advise on, and implement, preventative programs appropriate to the species and in line with accepted animal health, welfare and public health and environmental standards.
  • Promote the health and safety of people and the environment.
  • Understand the principles and practice of the application of veterinary science to ensure food safety standards throughout the production chain, including performance of post-mortem inspection of food producing animals.

IV. Completion of The Study Program

The diploma examination for the Veterinary Medicine program consists of two parts: The first part – Assessment of fundamental and specialized knowledge (1a. written test and 1b. practical test) and the second part – Defending of the bachelor thesis.

The “DVM” degree awarded by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine – Iasi University of Life Sciences (IULS) complies to the European standards and is recognized by all European Countries.