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Bachelor’s programme

Animal Science

Bodø, Kosice

Start your veterinary education in Bodø and Slovakia with this exciting, international bachelor's degree.

Programme description

Start your journey to become a veterinarian at Nord University in Bodø and continue at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy (UVMP) in Kosice, Slovakia. We offer a joint degree in Animal Science. The first 1,5 years are in Bodø. The next three semesters you'll continue the program at our partner institution UVMP. Students who complete their bachelor's degree in Animal Science, are guaranteed transfer to further studies (3 more years) at the EU-accredited veterinary studies at UVMP.

Career opportunities

With this bachelor's degree, you attain a fundamental biological education with a veterinary medicine perspective.

If you complete the six-year veterinary program, you have the basis to apply to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) for authorization as a veterinarian in Norway. Many veterinarians work in small animal clinics or with livestock, while others work in Mattilsynet, focusing on administration, food control, and animal health. Some also engage in advisory and preventive animal health work within various organizations.

Frequently asked questions about admission

Since this is a joint degree with UVMP, studying abroad is a compulsory part of the programme. Upon successful completion of the first three semesters at our faculty, you will continue your studies abroad at UVMP in Kosice, Slovakia.

The study programme qualifies for the following studies:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at UVMP in Kosice, Slovakia
  • MSc in Biology and Aquaculture at Nord University (additional mathematics and statistics may be necessary).


The candidate:

  • Has a broad knowledge of the structure and physiology of domestic animals.
  • Knows basic principles of the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the common diseases of domestic animals.
  • Is familiar with research and development work in the field of animal science.
  • Has knowledge of the historical development, traditions and societal relevance of the animal husbandry and veterinary medicine.
  • Knows how to update their own knowledge in the care, health and welfare of domestic animals.


The candidate:

  • Can apply appropriate routine diagnostic methods and tools used in veterinary medicine.
  • Can apply appropriate methods and techniques used in domestic animal husbandry.
  • Can reflect on their own performance and outcomes of events and make changes to their practice under supervision.
  • Can effectively collect and critically analyse different sources of information and appreciate different forms of bias, and use it to solve professional problems.
  • Knows the appropriate tools and techniques to communicate effectively with others with a similar background.

General competence

The candidate:

  • Knows and understands their legal and ethical responsibilities, in relation to the welfare of domestic animals and the public health.
  • Can address and solve professional problems within the field of animal science, both individually and as a member of a team.
  • Can communicate theories and opinions, both orally and in writing, in a manner that promotes the development of good practice.
  • Is familiar with the application of the scientific method in the veterinary medicine.

In addition to the semester fee and syllabus literature, students are expected to have a laptop with microphone and camera. Students must purchase their own laboratory coat for use in courses with laboratory exercises.

Costs for excursions may apply. Max. NOK 1000,-.

School fees apply at UVMP, Slovakia: The bachelor students are required to pay a tuition fee of 2.750 euro per semester. The last three years of veterinary school (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, semesters 7-12), the fee is 4.000 euro per semester.