Qualifications of the Veterinarian

Table 1 depicts the wide variety of degrees that denote training in veterinary medicine. Some are bachelor’s degrees in veterinary medicine or veterinary science, others are doctorate degrees. Some reflect two years of undergraduate education, others four or more years of undergraduate and graduate education. Some degrees include coursework in laboratory animals, or even a “track” in research, others do not. This range of training may be augmented by postgraduate education or it may not—depending on the country’s available educational opportunities. Some veterinarians working in laboratory animal medicine obtain on-the-job training at institutions outside their country, thereby further enhancing their knowledge and expertise in the field.

TABLE 1 Veterinary Degrees Granted Around the World

Recognized Primary Veterinary Medical Degrees Granted Throughout the World (Primary Information Source – AVMA Listed Veterinary Colleges of the World)
Abbreviation Actual Veterinary Degree Countries Awarding the Degree
BS Bachelor of Science Afghanistan, Taiwan
BSc Bachelor of Science China
BASc Bachelor of Agricultural Science China
BVM Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine China, Kenya, Libya, Taiwan, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia
BVM&AR Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Resources Saudi Arabia
BVMS Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Australia, Iraq, United Kingdom – except Edinburgh University
BVM&S Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery United Kingdom – Edinburgh University only
BVSc Bachelor of Veterinary Science Australia, China, Egypt, Japan, Myanmar, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan, Syria, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
BVSc&AH Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry India
CMV Candidates Medicinae Veterinariae Norway
D Dierenarts Netherlands
DCV Doctor en Ciencias Veterinarias Argentina
DEDV Diplôme d’Etat de Docteur Vétérinaire France
DH Doktor Hewan Indonesia
DK Diploma of Ktiniatrou Greece


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