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University of Zagreb, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Zagreb, Croatia

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  • The beginnings of the University of Zagreb (Sveučilište u Zagrebu) date to September 1669 when Emperor and King Leopold I Habsburg issued a decree granting the status and privileges of a university to the Jesuit Academy of the Royal Free City of Zagreb.
  • The University of Zagreb is the biggest and oldest university in the Republic of Croatia as well as in southeastern Europe. Today, over 50,000 students attend the university. It is strongly research-oriented, contributing over 50 percent of the total annual research output of Croatia.
  • The School of Veterinary Medicine (Veterinarska visoka škola) was founded as a four-year college in 1919. In December 1924, it was renamed the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Veterinarski fakultet) and became part of the University of Zagreb. It remains the only veterinary school in Croatia.
  • Veterinary studies last for six years (12 semesters). Upon completion, students are awarded the degree of Doktor Veterinarske Medicine (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, or DVM).
  • Two current Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) employees, Tomislav Modric, DVM, PhD and Dragan Momcilovic, DVM, PhD, DACT,1 are alumni of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zagreb. Another current CVM employee, Olgica Ceric, DVM, PhD, is an alumna of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Belgrade in the neighboring country of Serbia.

Main Square at Zegreb, Croatia
Photo Courtesy of Dr. Sanja Modric

1 Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists