Information about the UVMP in Košice

The University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice was established by an Act of the Slovak National Council No. 1/1950 of the Civil Code, originally as Veterinary College in Košice.

The name was changed to the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice by an Act of the Slovak National Council No. 137/1992 of the Code on amendment of the name of Veterinary College in Košice. The University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice, as a public higher education institution, fulfils its mission in the system of higher education institutions in accordance with the Act No. 131/2002 of the Code on higher education and on the change and supplement to some acts. It is the only institution of its kind providing undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary education in the Slovak Republic.

The main mission of the University of Veterinary Education in Košice is to provide higher undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary education on the basis of creative scientific research in the field of veterinary science and pharmacy. The study at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice is governed by the following:
a) The Act No. 131/2002 of the Code on higher education and on the change and supplement to some acts
b) Study guidelines
c) Study programme
d) Scholarship guidelines
e) Disciplinary regulations.

The University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice is a one faculty university providing higher education in accredited study programmes of all three levels of higher education.

Higher education of the 1st level is provided in the study programmes Cynologist and Safety of food and feed.

The study programme Cynologist was accredited within the study branch 6.3.8 Cynology and has been provided by the University starting from the academic year 2004/2005 in full-time and external form. The standard length of study is 3 years (6 semesters) and the graduates of this programme are awarded the academic degree “bachelor” (Bc.).

The study programme Safety of food and feed was accredited within the study branch 6.3.2 Food hygiene and is provided by the University since the academic year 2007/2008 in full-time and external form. The standard length of study is 3 years (6 semesters) and the graduates of this programme are awarded the academic degree “bachelor” (Bc.).

Higher education of the 2nd level has been provided in doctor study programmes General veterinary medicine and Food hygiene and since the academic year 2006/2007 also in master study programme Pharmacy.

The study programme General Veterinary Medicine was accredited within the study branch 6.3.1 General veterinary medicine and education of this programme is provided only in full-time form, the study lasting 6 years (12 semesters). The graduates of this study programme are awarded the academic title “doctor of veterinary medicine” (DVM, MVDr. in Slovak).

The study programme General veterinary medicine is provided also in English language.

The study programme Food hygiene was accredited within the study branch 6.3.2 Food hygiene and is provided by the University in a full-time form, the study lasting 6 years (12 semesters). The graduates of this study programme are awarded the academic title “doctor of veterinary medicine” (DVM, MVDr. in Slovak).

In agreement with the Section 53, Clause 3 of the Act No. 131/2002 of the Code on higher education and on the change and supplement to some acts, the first and second level of education is common for both study programmes General veterinary medicine and Food hygiene.

Since 2006, the University of Veterinary Medicine has been entitled to award the academic title magister (abbr. “Mgr.”) to graduates of the full-time, five year master study programme Pharmacy in the study branch 7.3.1 Pharmacy, and on the basis of this, starting from the academic year 2006/2007, it provides education in the mentioned study programme.

University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice provides education of the third level in 16 accredited study programmes for full-time and external postgraduate students, with the standard length of study 4 and 5 years (8 and 10 semesters).

The study programmes of the third level of higher education were accredited in respective study branches and the postgraduate students who successfully complete the study are awarded the academic degree “doctor” (“philosophiae doctor”, abbr. PhD.).

In the European Union veterinary medicine and pharmacy belong among the so-called controlled professions and the respective education has to satisfy the EU Directive 2005/36/ES (previously Directives 78/1026/EEC and 78/1027/EEC). This is one of the reasons why the effectiveness and quality of education and scientific research at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice is evaluated at the following levels:
a) university,
b) national,
c) international.

At the university level, the effectiveness and quality of education and scientific research is evaluated regularly at the meetings of the Scientific board of UVM and Rector’s Collegium and twice a year at meetings of the Academic senate of UVM with appropriate discussion resulting in resolutions, suggestions and recommendations.

At the national level, the University is evaluated by the Accreditation Commission of the Slovak Republic, in agreement with the Act No. 131/2002 of the Code on higher education and on the change and supplement to some acts.

In the period of 1998 – 2007, the Accreditation Commission of SR carried out the following evaluation at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice:
a) complex accreditation of UVM (in 1998, for the period of 1995 – 1997),
b) evaluation of education and scientific activities of the University (in 2000, for the period of 1998 – 1999),
c) accreditation of study programmes within the approved System of study branches (2004 – 2005),
d) accreditation of habilitation procedures and procedures for appointing professors within the approved System of study branches (2005),
e) complex accreditation of the University in agreement with the plan of complex accreditation of higher education institutions in the Slovak Republic (in 2006, for the period of 2000 – 2005). At the international level, in the period of 1996 – 2007, the University of Veterinary

Medicine was subjected to the following evaluation:
a) Evaluation by the Education Committee of EAEVE (European Association Establishments for Veterinary Education) with the seat in Brussels (1996 – 1997),
b) Evaluation of approximation of education in the field of veterinary medicine between the Slovak Republic and Commission of EU-TAIEX (2002),
c) Re-evaluation by the Education Committee of EAEVE (European Association Establishments for Veterinary Education) with the seat in Brussels (2005 – 2006),
d) Institutional evaluation of the University by EUA (European University Association) (2006 – 2007).

On the basis of evaluation by the Education Committee of European Association Establishments for Veterinary Education, the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice was put on the EAEVE List and it was stated that the study programmes “General veterinary medicine” and “Food hygiene” comply with the requirements of EU Directive 2005/36/ES (previously Directives 78/1026/EEC and 78/1027/EEC).

On the basis of results of evaluation of approximation of education in the field of veterinary medicine between the Slovak Republic and EU, carried out by Commission EU-TAIEX in 2002, a document issued by the Commission stated that the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice complies with the EU standards and Diplomas issued by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Košice are accepted in EU countries.