Veterinary Medicine

SubjectVeterinary Medicine


Type of DegreeDoctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

CostEUR 9,000



Cost non-EUEUR 9,000

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Integrated undergraduate and graduate (IUG) degree programme in veterinary medicine at the University of Zagreb

Faculty of Vet Medicine at the University of Zagreb


Since 2016, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb offers an IUG degree programme in Veterinary Medicine for a small class of 25 students. This is a six-year degree programme and taught entirely in English. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).  Here we outline the key points that you should know about this brand new undergraduate programme.

Veterinary Medicine education at the University of Zagreb

The University of Zagreb has provided veterinary medicine education for almost a century. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the university was founded in 1919 as the School of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb. In the past 99 years, it is the only higher education institution in the field of veterinary medicine that supplies highly skilled veterinary professionals in Croatia. The move toward providing English education follows the Faculty's ambition to create a more diverse student population and make its veterinary courses more accessible to aspiring students worldwide.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb is positively evaluated and approved by EAEVE (The European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) from 2002. This means you can start practising veterinary medicine in Europe immediately after your graduation without taking any extra exam.

The main building of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is situated at the Vjekoslav Heinzel Street veterinary campus. This is a peaceful oasis in the central eastern part of the city. You will be very close to the city centre where you can find a variety of restaurants, cafes and shopping malls.

As a veterinary medicine student at the University of Zagreb, you will have access to a central library which provides a wide range of primary sources in veterinary studies. It contains a large number of periodicals, manuals and textbooks - hence you don't need to budget much for learning materials.

Other learning resources are available at the Museum of Veterinary Medicine History (MVMH), Museum of Pathological Anatomy (MPA) and Museum of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology (MDAHE).

This video is a recording of a recent webinar with the Head of the English Programme and one of the university's current students.

How to Apply for the Veterinary Medicine degree programme at the University of Zagreb

We would be happy to give you more advice about the university, the programme and living in Croatia before you make an application decision. Here is some general information that we hope you will find useful. All applications from the UK and Ireland must be submitted through A Star Future but there is no charge for our services.

Entry requirements

Unlike other central European veterinary medicine degrees, there is currently no entrance exam for admission to the University of Zagreb. This may change in future years but for the time being, assessment is based primarily on academic achievement.

You should have A’ levels of BBC or better including Biology and Chemistry although some flexibility will be possible. Students with the International Baccalaureate will need 32 points with two science subjects at Higher Level (5 or better). Students with BTECs and Access to Higher Education Level 3 qualifications are unlikely to be successful. Scottish students would ordinarily require Advanced Highers in two sciences.

If you are applying as a mature student or have significant relevant experience, it might be possible to admit you on a different basis but you will still need 3 A’ levels in order to be eligible to study at a Croatian university.

If you have studied outside the United Kingdom you will need to have achieved a result equivalent to at least 65% of the maximum. We can advise on the Irish Leaving Certificate without difficulty (H2s or better in biology and chemistry are almost certainly fine) but we can probably work out eligibility for most other school leaving certificates if required.

You will also need to be able to prove your level of English if your secondary education has not been in this language or you are not a native speaker.

Your work experience will also be taken into consideration when deciding to offer you a place so the grade requirements mentioned above are not the only factor. In certain cases it might be possible to get a place with lower grades if you are an exceptionally motivated candidate.

What information do you need to supply as part of your application?

  1. The completed application form of the university.
  2. Copy of your birth certificate.
  3. Copy of the photograph page of your passport.
  4. Copies of all certificates from GCSE onwards as well as predicted grades if you have not taken your high school leaving diploma (these will need to be translated into Croatian at a later stage in the process.)
  5. A motivation letter outlining the reasons you wish to study veterinary medicine.
  6. A medical certificate indicating there are no medical grounds why you would not be able to study and qualify as a vet.
  7. Proof of financial capacity to pay the fees and associated study costs. This can be a guarantee from a parent, company etc.
  8. Proof of payment of the application fee of €50.00. This should be paid directly to the university.

We can probably start the application process before you have all of this information collected but you will definitely need to produce all of it before a final decision is made. Please send all details to us so that we can check it has been prepared correctly. There is no fee from us for this service.


There are three windows for applications in 2021/22. These will take place in January, April and July. If there are still places available there will be an additional round in September so candidates who are waiting for results in August exams might very well find there is no need for a Gap Year. There are 35 places each year and not all will be offered in the first window.

Once the university has considered your application, and if you are successful, you will receive an offer letter within ten days provided you have supplied all the documentation listed above. You will then be required to secure your place by paying a deposit to the university. Before July, the deposit is €500. After that, you will have to pay the fees in full to confirm your place.

Tuition fees

In 2021-22, tuition fees will be €9,000. These must be paid into the university’s bank account in full upon acceptance of your offer. You will not have to pay any additional costs to A Star Future at any time.

There is no possibility of spreading the payments in the first year but this might be an option from the second year onwards.

Following a number of recent attempts to contact our students in Zagreb via facebook and other social media, we have removed their testimonials from this site. There are hundreds of people looking at going to Zagreb every year and if only a fraction of those attempt to make direct contact, that creates a huge amount of work for our students, most of which will be a total waste of time. If you are serious about studying veterinary medicine in Zagreb, contact us. We know lots of students who are happily getting on with their studies and proceeding towards qualifying as vets. We can put you in touch with them if appropriate. However, we will only definitely do this if you are planning on visiting the university. Please don't try to reach them via social media. Some might be OK with this but some definitely are not.


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