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Veterinary Nursing

Qualification awarded (in original language)
"Licenciatura em Enfermagem Veterinária". Title of "Licenciado".

Level of qualification
1st Cycle of Studies. EQF level 6. ISCED 2011 level 6.

Admission requirements
Students may apply to the 1st cycle of studies through the general regime, through special conditions and through special competitions, as stated in the description of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement. Students may apply, through the general regime, if they obtain a minimum classification of 95 points (on a scale of 0 to 200) in the following national entrance examination: Biology and Geology (02).

Recognition of prior learning
Following the implementation of the Bologna Process and the consequent legislation regarding the mobility of students among degrees and higher education institutions, prior learning must be recognized and credited. The prior learning concept comprises all the previous learning/training undertaken in other higher education study cycles in national or international institutions (crediting of certified training), as well as previous professional experience and any post-secondary school training or education. As such, the IPB promotes the crediting of the student’s prior learning when arriving at the institution.
Aiming at a quick and full integration of the student in his/her new education programme, the recognition procedures must be submitted when enrolling at the IPB.
For further enquiries on crediting and recognizing prior learning and training at the IPB (calendars, procedures and assessment criteria), please go to the Applicant Portal at www.ipb.pt/portaldocandidato.

Qualification requirements and regulations
6 Semesters (3 years). 20 Weeks of study, per semester, full-time (40 per year). 40 total Hours per week. 810 total Hours per semester (1620 per year). 180 ECTS Credits (30 per semester); 1 credit corresponds to 27 hours.
Not applicable.

Profile of the programme
The profile of the programme comprises the development of the technical-scientific knowledge and professional skills in the study areas of Veterinary Nursing: Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Practices. Veterinary Nursing: Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary Technology, Veterinary Practices.

Key learning outcomes
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Veterinary Nursing is awarded to those students that demonstrate, in this field, the ability to:
a) develop and enhance the acquired knowledges;
b) apply acquired knowledge and understanding capacity in order to clearly demonstrate a professional approach to the work carried out;
c) solve problems based upon their own arguments;
d) collate, select, and interpret relevant information which will enable them to consolidate the solutions they present and the opinions they put forward, including the analysis of relevant social, scientific and ethical aspects;
e) communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions, both to experts and non-experts;
f) develop competences that will enable them to benefit from lifelong learning with a high degree of autonomy.

To complete the qualification, the student is required to pass all compulsory course units of the study plan.

Occupational profiles of graduates
The degree of "licenciado" (bachelor) in Veterinary Nursing belongs to the education and training area of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources. Graduates are qualified to develop a professional activity within the profile of the programme.

Access to further studies
The degree of "licenciado" allows to proceed to post-graduate studies, according to the diagram of the Portuguese Higher Education System, provided by NARIC (http://www.dges.mctes.pt/DGES/pt/Reconhecimento/NARICENIC/) and presented in section 8 of the Diploma Supplement.

Graduation requirements
Admission Exams
(02) Biology and Geology

Examination regulations, assessment and grading
Examination and assessment are regulated by the IPB general regulation, available in www.ipb.pt/sa, and by the School pedagogical regulation, available in www.esa.ipb.pt.
Consult this Guide under the option “The ECTS at the IPB” for information on the grading and qualification system.

Mode of study
Full-time, Full-time.

Programme director
Helder Miranda Pires Quintas (
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Scientific areas of the study plan
Scientific AreaAcronymECTS Credits
Agricultural and Animal ProductionAAP12.00.0
Biology and BiochemistryBB36.00.0
Computer ScienceCS5.00.0
Physic SciencesPS6.00.0
Social and Business SciencesSBS12.00.0
Veterinary ScienceVS78.00.0
Veterinary TechnologyVT31.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Ethology and Animal WelfareCIV5.0
11 Semestral 
Physiology IBIB6.0
11 Semestral 
Microbiology and ImmunologyBIB6.0
11 Semestral 
Animal HusbandryPAA6.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Physiology IIBIB6.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Histology and AnatomopathologyCIV6.0
21 Semestral 
Samples Collection and Dispatch to LaboratoryTEV6.0
21 Semestral 
Ecology and Biology of Exotic and Wild FaunaBIB6.0
21 Semestral 
Introduction to Pharmacology and AnaesthesiologyCIV6.0
21 Semestral 
Animal NutritionPAA6.0
21 Semestral 
Reproduction and ObstetricsCIV6.0
22 Semestral 
Biochemistry and Clinical AnalysisTEV6.0
22 Semestral 
Infect-Contagious and Parasitic Diseases and LaboratoryCIV6.0
22 Semestral 
Veterinary NursingCIV7.0
22 Semestral 
Information Systems and Decision SupportINF5.0
22 Semestral 
Virology and Animal Cell CultureTEV6.0
31 Semestral 
Ethic and LegislationCSE6.0
31 Semestral 
Complementary Methods of DiagnosisTEV7.0
31 Semestral 
Animal Morphology and AestheticsCIV5.0
31 Semestral 
Business ManagementCSE6.0
31 Semestral 
Veterinary Public HealthTEV6.0
32 Semestral 
Veterinary PracticeCIV30.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Ethics and LegislationSBS6.0
11 Semestral 
Ethology and Animal WelfareVS5.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Microbiology and ImmunologyBB6.0
12 Semestral 
Veterinary BiophysicsPS6.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Histology and AnatomopathologyVS6.0
21 Semestral 
Exotic and Wild AnimalsBB6.0
22 Semestral 
Pharmacology and AnesthesiologyVS6.0
21 Semestral 
Animal Food Science and NutritionAAP6.0
21 Semestral 
Reproduction and ObstetricsVS6.0
21 Semestral 
Veterinary SemiologyVT6.0
21 Semestral 
Clinical analysisVT6.0
22 Semestral 
Infectious and Parasitic DiseasesVS6.0
22 Semestral 
Surgical Nursing and Intensive CareVS7.0
22 Semestral 
Information Systems and Decision SupportCS5.0
22 Semestral 
Veterinary Diagnostic TechniquesVT6.0
31 Semestral 
Production Animals and EquinesAAP6.0
31 Semestral 
Medical and Rehabilitation NursingVT7.0
31 Semestral 
Morphology and Animal AestheticsVS5.0
31 Semestral 
Business ManagementSBS6.0
31 Semestral 
Veterinary Public HealthVT6.0
32 Semestral 
Veterinary PracticeVS30.0


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