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The University of Forestry is a unique higher education institution in Bulgaria providing training of specialists in all three education and qualification degrees (Bachelor, Master and PhD) in the field of Forestry, Forest Industry, Landscape Architecture, Engineering Design, Veterinary Medicine, Agronomy, Plant Protection, Business Management, Alternative Tourism and Ecology and Environmental Protection. The University of Forestry has been accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has been providing training of students in the speciality of Veterinary Medicine, education and qualification degree Master of Sciences since 1994.

The speciality of Veterinary Medicine is included in the Classifier of higher education areas and professional fields of the Republic of Bulgaria. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has a programme accreditation for training students in Veterinary Medicine.

The training in Veterinary Medicine is open to all applicants who have graduated from а secondary/high school. The training in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is in full compliance with the Uniform State Requirements. It is a full-time training, following the curriculum and training programmes that comply with the requirements of the EU Directive 2005/36/EC and the amending EU Directive 2013/55/EU as well as with the Bulgarian legislation.

The course of education takes 11 semesters (5,5 years) and ends with sitting state examinations. The students graduate by sitting a State Exam and are awarded the qualification “Veterinary Surgeon” and the degree “Master of Sciences” (M.Sc.), and they could proceed further on as post-graduate students for obtaining a PhD degree.

The practical training course of the students from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Forestry is an important element of their education as veterinarians and it includes three practices – after VIth, VIIIth and Xth semesters. The first training practice concerns Animal Science and its duration is two weeks. The second training practice concerns clinical practice and its duration is four weeks. The third (probation) prediploma internship is the last stage (before getting the diploma) of the students’ training and it has characteristics of a professional specialization. The institutions for implementation of these practices are livestock institutes and husbandry complexes, agricultural cooperatives, private farms, vet-clinics or offices which are selected by the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. There is a possibility to perform the practice abroad according to the specific conditions of the programme and permission by the Dean of Faculty.

The training in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is carried out by academic staff, consisting of highly-qualified, competent and internationally accredited university lecturers, in accordance with the requirements of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Studying Veterinary Medicine, the students acquire knowledge in the following fields:

  • Anatomy, Physiology, Husbandry, Animal Reproduction and Hygiene;
  • Animal Nutrition, Technologies Related to Food Production for Animals;
  • Ethology and Animal Protection;
  • General Pathomorphology and Special Pathological Anatomy of the Animals.

The students obtain the skills to:

  • Determine the causes, nature, development, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases; differentiate animal diseases;
  • Assess the risk connected with the possibilities of disease transmission from animals to human.

Furthermore, the students acquire competences in the following fields:

  • Preventive medicine related to research, analysis and certification;
  • Hygiene, technology, control, production, storage and processing of food of animal origin for human consumption, including abilities to understand and explain the best practices in this respect;
  • Responsible and adequate use of veterinary pharmaceutical products for the treatment of animals and ensuring the food chain safety as well as environmental protection.


The selection of applicants is based on sitting an entrance test. The test is in English language, entirely in the field of Biology. It is consisted of two main parts. The first one is a reading comprehension text (scientific or popular scientific), followed by ten multiple choice questions. The second one includes 40 multiple choice questions, aiming at assessing applicants’ knowledge in the field of Biology.

The following documents are required for application:

  1. Application form – application form with attached photo of the applicant, containing brief personal information and the desired speciality.
  2. Copy of the document (diploma) for completed secondary/high school education with an Appendix showing the grades in Biology and Chemistry of the applicant. The grades in Biology and Chemistry must be at least 62% of the maximum possible value according to the grading system of the respective country.
  3. Certificate issued by authorized institution indicating that the diploma hold by the applicant gives him/her the rights to continue his/her education at university in his/her native country.
  4. Medical certificate indicating that the applicant is clinically healthy.
  5. Copy of the applicant’s ID card.
  6. Two recent photos of the applicant (3,5/4,5 cm).

Documents concerning items 2, 3 and 4 have to be translated, legalized and certified in accordance with the international treaties of the Republic of Bulgaria with the State in which they were issued.

The rating of applicants is based on the total score of the following three components:

  1. Duplicated grade from the entrance test;
  2. The grade in Biology from secondary/high school diploma;
  3. The grade in Chemistry from secondary/high school diploma.



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