About the program/cycle of studies

The integrated study cycle in Veterinary Medicine aims to train professionals with skills and competences in the most diverse areas of veterinary practice, namely in the areas of clinic and surgery, in what concerns the diagnostic prevention and treatment, as well as in the areas of food security, animal production, animal welfare and public health.

It is intended that the student acquires experience based on a strong component created by raising awareness of animal welfare and constantly valuing the concept of "One health”, highlighting the role of the Veterinary Doctor in preventive medicine, in the control of zoonoses and in the protection of public health.

We enhanced the adjustment of the course to the new animal protection legislation, integrating the training in medicine of shelter institutions, forensic veterinary medicine, animal welfare and protection and the recovery of wild animals. It also includes emerging areas, such as aquaculture, complementary medicines, animal-assisted activities and provides a solid knowledge base for research in the biomedical sciences

All those who successfully complete the course curricular units that form part of the study plan, with a duration of 12 semesters, corresponding to 360 ECTS, obtain a total of 10990 hours, of which 4901 hours are contact hours, including Internships.

The study cycle complies with Directive 2005/36 / EC, of ​​7 September 2005, of the European Parliament and the European Council.

Accreditation by A3ES for 6 years (NCE/18/1800140, decision of A3ES published on 07-09-2020); Registration in DGES n.º R/A-Cr 148/2020 (18/09/2020).


More information: https://www.a3es.pt/pt/resultados-acreditacao/medicina-veterinaria-9


Academic Degree

Accreditation by A3ES for 6 years (NCE/18/1800140, decision of A3ES published on 07-09-2020); University Education - 2nd cycle of integrated studies leading to a Master's degree.


Type of recognition

The Master's Degree allows students to practice veterinary pending registration with the respective professional association.


Entry requirements


Applies to all candidates who do not hold citizenship /relatives of any country that is a Member State of the European Union; or have not been legal residents in Portugal for more than two years.


  •  Completed secondary school;
  •  Document certifying that the candidate has a national exam of Biology in is education system with the minimum mark of approved in order to substitute our national access exam of Biologia e Geologia, and the respective contents, or take the exam in CESPU.  



Application Regimes:

General Access: Students who hold a foreign secondary diploma legally equivalent to the Portuguese secondary education. The Portuguese admission exams can be replaced by the equivalent final exams or school-leaving exams required for each degree, duly recognized DGES (Artigo 20º do Decreto-Lei n.º 296-A/98)1.

+23 years old Regime: Students aged over 23 can be admitted to higher education if they successfully completed the special entrance examination that evaluates the capacity to attend higher education courses at CESPU educational establishments, according to the law (DL 64/2006 de 21 de março, alterado pelo Decreto-Lei n.º 113/2014, de 16-07)

Changing of Course/Institution: Is the act by which a student applies to the same or a different degree from that of the last registration, in the same or in a different institution of higher education, whether or not there was an interruption of the registration in accordance with the Portaria n.º 181-D/2015,  19 of June.

Holder of a Degree: Holders of a Bachelor, master or doctor degree obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions, as long as recognized by Decree law nº66 / 2018  (Decreto-Lei n.º 113/2014, de 16-07)


 Official languages

English (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)
French  (minimum 20 students for the first year and in exceptional cases may extend to the second year)


 Course duration

6 years - 12 semesters - 360 ECTS



Alexandre Nuno Vaz Batista de Vieira e Brito  



Registration in DGES n.º R/A-Cr 148/2020 (18/09/2020).


Main scientific areas


No. Compulsory


Veterinary Sciences



Life Sciences



Agricultural and Animal Production



Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologies



Food industries



Management and Administration