B.Sc. (Honours) in Veterinary Biosciences

What is Veterinary Biosciences

The B.Sc. (H) in Veterinary Biosciences course is an honours degree in the biological sciences, with a major focus on animal health, disease and diagnostics.  The veterinary biosciences discipline is experiencing significant growth, both nationally and internationally, due to a surge in demand for diagnostics to underpin animal health and disease, globally.

Entry requirements for this course is as follows:

Holders of Leaving Certificate must achieve a pass in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent examinations obtaining two H5 and four O6/H7 grades. Candidates are also required to obtain a minimum of O6/H7 in English or Gaeilge and Mathematics. Holders of equivalent qualifications to the Irish Leaving Certificate will be evaluated to determine equivalence.

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Why study Veterinary Biosciences at IT, Tralee

The B.Sc. (H) in Veterinary Biosciences course is an NFQ Level 8,  4-year, honours degree programme.  The course will provide you with an excellent understanding of the key elements of biology, health and disease diagnostics in both production animals (cattle, sheep, pig and poultry) and companion animals (dogs, cats and horses).  The programme is delivered by leading life-scientists and veterinarians, who will guide you through your learning, from developing a practical understanding of animal and how they function, to veterinary pharmaceutical, advanced laboratory diagnostic and research skills in animal health.

What are my career opportunities

Veterinary biosciences graduates work in veterinary diagnostics, veterinary and agricultural research, veterinary biopharmaceutical industry, veterinary consultancy services, the civil service, and advisory bodies. Alternatively, graduates can progress to do further research on a Masters or PhD programme.  While this programme does not entitle graduates to work as a veterinary practitioner or veterinary nurse, graduates of this course will be eligible to apply for entry into graduate veterinary medicine degree programmes.

Delivery of the course’s emphasis on animal health and veterinary diagnostics is supported by

  • block lectures and practicals delivered in partnership with Teagasc Moorepark.
  • practical hands-on experience and interaction with animals throughout;
  • a dedicated internship programme in year three;
  • animal health research project in the final year of your studies;