BSc in Veterinary Bioscience

Munster Technological University
UniHaven Pathway Access

The Foundation in Business, Management and Study Skills is run online and provides direct entry to the BSc (Hons) in Veterinary Bioscience.

Programme Overview

The B.Sc. (H) in Veterinary Bioscience course at IT Tralee is an honours degree in the biological sciences, with a major focus on animal health, disease and diagnostics. Suited to those that have a keen interest in animals and protecting their health and welfare, this programme will give you the fundamental and applied knowledge in veterinary science.

A veterinary bioscientist is an expert in the biology underpinning veterinary medicine and the interaction between animal and human health. Globally, the veterinary biosciences discipline is experiencing significant growth, both nationally and internationally, due to a surge in demand for diagnostics to support animal health and in the prevention of disease.

“I think to be a good veterinarian, you have to like people.” – Kevin Fitzgerald

Why do this Programme?

The B.Sc. (H) in Veterinary Bioscience 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) and the tools to provide diagnostics strategies for the prevention, recognition and control of animal diseases.

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. Run in collaboration with Teagasc Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, our programme will prepare you for a successful and enormously rewarding career in veterinary bioscience. A dedicated internship programme in year three; Animal health research project in the final year of your studies.

Career Prospects

You will graduate prepared for a diverse range of careers in the veterinary profession, including disease diagnostics, epidemiology and herd health, drug and vaccine development, food safety, animal welfare, nutrition and reproduction. 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. Veterinary Bioscience graduates can develop careers as:

  • Animal health researcher
  • Herd health advisor
  • Public (civil) servant
  • Animal Nutritionist
  • Pharmaceutical drug and vaccine developer
  • Clinical practice manager
  • Animal diagnostic laboratory officer and manger
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Graduate veterinary medicine

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our graduates after leaving the Institute.