Chile - Universidad de Concepción, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF CONCEPCIÓN
The University of Concepción (in Spanish: Universidad de Concepción), also known for its acronym UdeC, is one of the most prestigious universities in Chile. Founded in 1919, it is the third oldest university in the country, and it is part of the Chancellor's Council of Chilean Universities. It was the first University founded in the South of Chile, and the first to become a private-law corporation.
Its main campus is located at the City of Concepción, with additional campuses in Chillán and Los Ángeles.
Currently, the School of Veterinary Sciences operates on two campuses which are located in Chillán and Concepción.
SCHOOL OF VETERINARY SCIENCES
Veterinary medicine was firstly founded in the City of Concepción in 1972, under tuition of the Biology Institute attached to its own School, the School of Veterinary Medicine. Later in 1973 it was moved to the Chillán campus where the administrative structure was changed, giving rise to the Department of Veterinary Medicine as part of the School of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences.
The Department of Veterinary Medicine later combined with the School of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences and the School was then known as “School of Agronomic, Veterinary and Forestry Sciences”. Thereafter, the carrer leading to the professional degree of Agricultural Engineering was created at the Chillán campus and the Forestry Engineering was moved to Concepción campus. In 1993 the School of Agronomic, Veterinary and Forestry Sciences was transformed into the schools that currently belong to the Chillán campus; School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Agronomy and School of Agricultural Engineering.
In 2002 the Veterinary Clinical Hospital was opened at the Chillán campus. Subsequently the School of Veterinary Medicine changed its name to School of Veterinary Sciences which then lead to the opening (in parallel to Chillan) of the Veterinary Medicine course at the Concepción campus in 2004. In 2007, UdeC Veterinary Clinic was opened at the Concepción campus.
The curriculum offered by the School of Veterinary Sciences educates generalist veterinarians with a scientific, theoretical and practical solid basis. Enabling them to play a role in the areas of animal health, public health, environmental protection, animal production, rural development, research and teaching in these same areas.
The studies of Veterinary Medicine at the School of Veterinary Sciences last five years (10 semesters). It is a biological medical teaching, designed to train professionals capable to cover the occupational fields of the specialty.
Besides a solid scientific background, the student receives a complete practical training, which allows them efficiently to apply the acquired knowledge.
The subjects are grouped into three cycles. The first three semesters are a general teaching cycle, with emphasis on basic and biomedical sciences. The next four semesters constitute a stage in which accentuates the specialized scientific and technological training. The three remaining semesters set the professional training cycle aimed at medical and surgical formation, the application of productive technologies, environmental protection and public health.
After successful completion of four-year long studies (at the end of the 8th semester), students are awarded the degree in Veterinary sciences. And once they have finished the five-year long studies (10 semesters) students are awarded Diploma of Veterinarian (Veterinary Medicine).
The School of Veterinary Sciences offers:
- Doctor of Veterinary Sciences (equivalent to PhD). Specialisation areas of this program are Animal Pathology, Animal Reproduction, Animal Biotechnology and Biodiversity, which correspond to the main lines of research of the School of Veterinary Sciences.
- Master of Veterinary Sciences with specialisation in Food Hygiene and Technology.
- Master of Medicine and Surgery of Companion Animals.
- Diploma in Veterinary Medicine for Small Animal.
- Diploma in Feline Medicine.
Departments and Services
The Department of Clinical Sciences attempts the resolution of the disease either by clinical or surgical means allowing a healthy life of the animal population. The School counts with two well implemented veterinary hospitals (Chillán and Concepción) and well trained professionals involved in this labor.
- Clinical and surgical attention of small and large animals.
- Clinical laboratory, radiological and ultrasonographic diagnosis.
Pathology and Preventive Medicine
This department's mission is the prevention and diagnosis of diseases affecting animals and diseases that can pose a risk to the human population.
- Animal health and public health.
- Macroscopic, histopathologic and microbiological diagnosis.
- Parasitology diagnosis.
Their role is to research and propose new strategies for development and improvement of animal production and reproduction, essential for sustaining the rural world.
- Animal production and reproduction.
- Breeding and genetic improvement programs.
- Rural development.