(Veterinary medicine 2013)


Description of the structure and content of the program of Veterinary Medicine with the teaching methods


                Name of the study program of integrated academic studies is Veterinary Medicine. Aquired academic title is Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The outcome of the studies are competences which enables students to implement the acquired knowledge in performing tasks related to the problems occuring in the profession, practice and scientific research. Integrated studies of Veterinary Medicine last 6 years. The programs of all subjects were defined on the basis of modern scientific achievements. From the first year of study students are given the opportunity, according to their own preferences, to choose for elective subjects that allows obtaining a wider knowledge. In the 11th semester in addition to the common courses students choose one from the three modules: food safety, clinical pathology and therapy of farm animals and horses and clinical pathology and therapy of pets, and within the modules are obligaotry and elective subjects. In the 12th semester, students perform obligatory proffesional practice, conduct research and write diploma work.

                The teaching process is carried out through theoretical and practical method of teaching. Special attention is given to the practical exercises (in the laboratories of the Faculty, as well as in farms, dairies, meat industries,  in professional services, veterinary clinics, academic institutions, etc..). For teaching, the modern equipment, devices and aids (preparations, models, pictures, video films, animations, charts) are  in use. The subject matter is lectured by oral presentations, demonstrations, presentations, practical work, writing term papers, consultations, and the like. Independent and group work of students are encouraged. Student activity is continuously monitored and evaluated. The number of earned points is shown by a uniform methodology.

                The study program of integrated studies of Veterinary Medicine, was formed in accordance with the following principles:

                • Integrated studies of Veterinary Medicine last 6 years (12 semesters)

                • An academic year lasts 12 months, divided into two semetra

                • The number of subjects per semester is 7 or 8 in the module 6 or 7

                • Teaching, during a semester, lasts 15 weeks

                • Student is loaded with active teaching up to 30 hours during a workweek

                • Integrated studies have a total of 360 ECTS, 60 per year (30 for each semester).

                • Total number of ECTS, for each subject, student obtains based on the level of performance of pre-            exam and exam commitments.

                • Assessment of students, is performed by grades of 5-10, based on the ECTS.

                • The continuous monitoring and analysis of study success is provided.

                • The assessment of quality of study programs, quality of instruction, teacher     quality, adequacy of          facilities, equipment, etc. is anticipated

                • Subjects are divided into obligatory, a total of 74, and elective, a total of 44th

                •Teaching is carried out in adequate amphitheaters, classrooms and training schools at the faculty, as          well as livestock production farms, dairies, slaughterhouses, professional veterinary services and research institutions.

In the 12th semester students are practicing in laboratories, veterinary clinics, farms, stables, slaughterhouses, dairies etc., under the supervision of subject teachers. In this semester, students are performing study research, which is the basis for the selection of topic, preparation and diploma work writing.



The purpose of the study program of Veterinary Medicine


                The main purpose of the study program of integrated studies of veterinary medicine is the formation of highly educated people to achieve professional (educational, expert, research) activities in the field of animal health protection and public health. The teaching is adapted to the general growing trends of pets breeding, and follows the trend of growth in the breeding of production animals on the territory of Serbia. The main purpose of this study program is education professionals directly involved in the various branches of veterinary medicine: clinical work with patients, work in laboratories working in the field of food hygiene, veterinary inspection and veterinary education. Therefore, the main direction of activity is focused on the acquisition of functional knowledge and skills with the use of active learning methods to create critical thinking that allow the inclusion of graduate students - a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the specific operative branch of veterinary medicine. Priorities of the study program in the future are education of personnel who will contribute to the provision and improvement of all aspects of veterinary medicine: protection of animal health, protection of human health and veterinary public health, infectious diseases control, ensuring the welfare of animals, selection and provision of high-quality performances of  animal, zoohygienic conditions analysis, prevention and education of the population.

                In the next period in the European Union, and later in Serbia significant changes in veterinary law legislative are expected on which the veterinary authority and responsibility of veterinarians are going to be much higher. General trends indicate an increasing number of pets per capita, but remain open questions of health care of farm animals and endangered animal species in Serbia. Without the experts trained appropriately is not possible to provide complete veterinary care and to comply with all laws and social norms that the society as a whole, because of the growing needs, is going to impose  in a shorter or longer period of time.

                The program of integrated studies of Veterinary Medicine provides all the necessary knowledge and skills that are required to achieve the goals and satisfy the growing needs of people in Serbia, as the students with appropriate methods of teaching and learning are qualified for creative and innovative work, reading professional literature, collecting and processing data, teamwork and effective use of knowledge and skills in veterinary medicine.

                Experts of this profile can be employed at different places covering the veterinary activity which is regulated by the Law on Veterinary and includes: monitoring, protection and improvement of animal health; protection of animals against infectious and other diseases; detection and diagnosis of diseases and treatment of sick animals; implementation of health protection of animals; protection from zoonoses; control of food safety of animal origin food and products of animal origin in animal breeding, production and sale of products of animal origin, food of animal origin and food for animal; identification and registration of animals in order to control movement and provide traceability in the production and trade/transportation of animals, animal products and food of animal origin; control of water for animals; health control of breeding animals and their reproductive capacity and the implementation of measures for the treatment of infertility and artificial insemination; protection of the environment from contamination by infectious diseases; protection of animals from cruelty and suffering, care about the welfare of animals; control in the production and trade/transportation  of veterinary medicines and medical devices for use in veterinary medicine; disinfection, disinsection, deratisation, deodoration and decontamination; veterinary education and informing.

                The study program is designed so that the work is focused on increasing the participation of practical and clinical work of students, regarding the expansion of the capacity to conduct intramural clinical teaching at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad, Department of Veterinary Medicine.



The aims/goals/objectives of of the study program of veterinary medicine


                The main aim of the study program of integrated studies of Veterinary Medicine is to enable students to acquire the latest scientific and expert knowledge and skills in the field of veterinary medicine. The basic aim is achieved by directing students to those skills that are required for a highly professional direct work in animal health care, work on preventing the occurrence and spread of diseases, work to protect the health and welfare of animals and work on securing the safety of food of animal origin. The aim of the study program is the education of the veterinary staff who are aware of social responsibility and the importance of veterinary services, and who by their example and advice can contribute to raising awareness among citizens about the need and importance of animal welfare, production and use of safe food and the need for care and preservation of the environment.

                The aim of the study program is to develop learning skills, as well as general and professional competencies that would enable the continuation of education and a certain degree of specialization at the next level of study.

                The study program aims to provide its students involvement in the European system of higher education and the implementation of the common agricultural and veterinary policy, by the gradual harmonization of the education system to the Bologna Convention and the recommendations of the European establishment for higher education. Acceptance of the European dimensions in higher education, the development of inter-institutional cooperation and mobility schemes will allow the formation of an integrated program in the field of veterinary medicine and will enable the unification of the quality of students, which will increase the competencies of our veterinarians in the field of EU. Specific result to be achieved through this study program of Veterinary Medicine is forming of the professionals who understand the European framework and their competences have identical opportunity for carrying out veterinary activities in the EU. In this way, our experts are able to influence European developments related to veterinary medicine and public health, and with their involvement monitoring and improvement of quality of the study program could be obtained.

                The aims of of this study program are measurable and specific and will be achieved through clearly defined learning outcomes, which include the acquisition of specific knowledge, skills and abilities. In this study program will be esspecially done on the acquisition of well-established and applied knowledge in the field of veterinary medicine, which have a full implementation of the present moment. This knowledge allows a better use of all the skills that students will have after completing this study program. Pointing the knowledge and the skills of students in the right direction, we will get experts who will have the ability to apply their knowledge and skills at the right time and the right place.

                The aims of of the study program is fully aligned with the objectives and learning outcomes of each course in the study program, followed by all veterinary regulations, which is important considering that the veterinary business is systematically monitored and controlled, as well as the mission and vision of the Faculty of Agriculture and the University of Novi Sad . Therefore the all the intellectual and technical resources at our institution will be subordinated to the stated objectives of the study program.

                The program of the integrated studies of Veterinary Medicine, should ensure the achievement of the following objectives:

  • That acquired knowledge and experience be a logical upgrade of their general (primary) and secondary education.
  • That they are trained for a highly professional direct work in the health care of animals.
  • Student’s ability to, in terms of everyday practice, professionally applies modern and efficient technologies and methods for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
  • To gain knowledge and skills that will enable him to increase the efficiency of work on the animal health care and control of food of animal origin.
  • To be capable of planning and practical organization of sustainable animal health care, while preserving the environment.
  • To create professionals who can actively and effectively monitor all modern developments and their application in practice, continue to develop and improve the efficiency of animal health care.
  • That these experts are able to transfer their knowledge to others and thus affect on the expansion of efficient and cost-effective health care of animals.
  • That students develop the skills of teamwork.
  • That graduating students can independently develop and implement new procedures and methods in veterinary medicine.
  • That the acquired knowledge and skills can be used in their further professional development, as well as to complete higher levels of technical and scientific education, such as specialist and PhD studies.



General characteristics of the curriculum


                Program of  the integrated academic studies lasts 6 years and 12 semesters, includes 74 obligatory and 44 elective subjects. The total number of credits is 360 for the whole study program. In the every year of study and in the each semester there are elective subjects. In the 11th semester in addition to the common courses students choose one from the three modules: food safety, clinical pathology and therapy of farm animals and horses and clinical pathology and therapy of pets, and within the modules are obligaotry and elective subjects. In the 12th semester, students perform obligatory proffesional practice, conduct research and write diploma work.

                Subjects are valued with a different number of credits, depending on the total number of hours of student engagement on a given subject, and depending on the volume of subject matter and other forms of student engagement, in order to overcome the overall projected material and exams.

                Programs of individual subjects are designed based on modern scientific knowledge, but so that the program can be easily understandable for students. In the plan of the studies names of obligative subjects, by the year and the semester of the study, the number of hours per week and the number of ECTS credits for each subject, as well as the total for the semester or year of the studies are given. In the documents required for accreditation of study programs at the Accreditation Body of Serbia a list of elective subjects was given, with the name of the subject, the number of active classes and the number of ECTS credits. In the program of each subject the following information are given: Name of the subject (in Serbian and English), name the teacher and the assistant (teaching assistants/teachin fellows), category of the subject (obligatory or elective), number of the ECTS, the purpose and objective, as well as the content of the theoretical and practical classes, followed by the manner and method of teaching, a list of basic literature for the preparation of the exam, the number of hours of theoretical and practical classes per semester, and pre-examination and examination obligations with the appropriate number of points for each obligation.

                Number of active teaching is 30 hours per week, and the total burden of student within one year does not exceed 900 hours.