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The 1st year of the BMV is primarily devoted to basic sciences : physics, chemistry, biology and biostatistics.
Many remedial work activities are offered for students who are having difficulties. For instance, online help for the Physics course was developed as a part of the "Exams" virtual platform. It offers a wealth of exercises and multiple-choice questions that include degrees of certainty and implicit answers. Once the exercises have been completed, students receive feedback that includes corrections and a break-down of their answers.
In addition courses specific to veterinary medicine are already given in this year.
In the 2nd and the 3rd years a primary group of subjects bears on knowledge of the "healthy" animal. It principally concerns courses on anatomy, embriology, histology, biochemistry, physiology and ethology. The other subjects are divided amongst those which provide the basics necessary to an understanding of the various pathologies which will be studied in the masters (for example courses on bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology, etc) and those required to understand various rearing techniques (courses on nutrition, ecology, genetics, etc).
At the University of Liège a quite particular accent is placed on directed interactive work and practical work, the latter being notably designed to privilege student contact with the main domestic species.
During lab work in physiology, students in 2nd and 3rd year will have the chance to perform auscultations, various samplings (blood, urine, milk, etc.) on living animals, and electrocardiograms, and to interpret electrocardiographs. They will also take part in stress tests on a treadmill designed for race horses.
Furthermore, the university of Liège owns a farm located on the Faculty's site, with 500 pigs and 150 cows. These animals are also used in teaching and, starting in the 3rd year of the bachelor, students are involved in lab animal production lab work. They also take part in monitoring births in the cow farm.
Such studies demand that you rapidly become autonomous, responsible and capable of getting yourself organised. It is in this perspective that the Faculty encourages you to maintain or gain contact with the animal environment (farms, breeding centres, animal protection societies, etc.) through personal invitations. You thus have to provide proof of a complete immersion training programme (2 weeks during the school holiday period) before the meeting to award grades in the 2nd year of the bachelor (you can choose 2 weeks in the 1st BAC year, one week in the 1st and one week in the 2nd, etc.).
- Education in basic sciences recommended
- being accustomed to animals to a certain extent
- a feel for human relations (each animal, whether it be a production animal or a companion animal, has an owner)
- a sense of professional ethics
- manual dexterity (examining patients, surgical operations, the use of more and more sophisticated material)
- patience (animal examining, relationships with owners)
- abillity to adapt to new practical situations
- ability to synthesize information and take initiative
- organisational sense
- intellectual curiosity (continuous education over the course of a career is becoming more and more indispensible)
You can also obtain prospectuses about the various courses, simply complete the on-line form.