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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 BiochemistryBIB36.00.0
Physics SciencesPHS6.00.0
Veterinary ScienceVES109.00.0

Course structure
YearSemTypeCodeCourse UnitScientific
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Biology and BiochemistryBIB6.0
11 Semestral 
Ethology and Animal WelfareVES5.0
11 Semestral 
11 Semestral 
Microbiology and ImmunologyBIB6.0
12 Semestral 
Veterinary BiophysicsPHS6.0
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
12 Semestral 
Histology and Anatomy PathologyVES6.0
12 Semestral 
Nutrition and Animal FeedingAAP6.0
21 Semestral 
Infectious and Parasitic DiseasesVES6.0
21 Semestral 
Pharmacology and AnesthesiologyVES6.0
21 Semestral 
Reproduction and ObstetricsVES6.0
21 Semestral 
Veterinary SemiologyVES6.0
21 Semestral 
22 Semestral 
Production Animals and EquinesAAP6.0
22 Semestral 
Surgical Nursing and Intensive CareVES7.0
22 Semestral 
Veterinary Public HealthVES6.0
22 Semestral 
Information and Decision Support SystemsINF5.0
22 Semestral 
Veterinary Diagnostic TechniquesVES6.0
31 Semestral 
Clinical analysisVES7.0
31 Semestral 
Exotic and Wild AnimalsBIB6.0
31 Semestral 
Medical Nursing and RehabilitationVES6.0
31 Semestral 
Animal Morphology and AestheticsVES5.0
31 Semestral 
32 Semestral 
Veterinary PracticeVES30.0


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