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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Reasons to study Veterinary Medicine in UCD

Final year veterinary medicine Student Ambassador Ciara Sweeney takes a look at some of the main reasons students from all over the world decide to study veterinary medicine in UCD

It’s offered in one of Irelands top universities

ucd1UCD was founded 160 years ago. It ranks in the top 1% of institutions world-wide and is home to over 30,000 students from over 120 countries. The campus is based on a 130 acre parkland estate within Dublin.

Access to UCD campus life

Being part of UCD means having access to the vast amount of facilities and services the campus offers. We have a modern student and sports centre where you will finda 3D cinema, drama theatre, debating chamber, TV studio, radio pod, medical centre, pharmacy, a barbers and the club house bar. As for sporting facilities we have an Olympic sized swimming pool, gym, dance and spin studios. And outside we have a hockey stadium,tennis courts and rugby/soccer/GAA pitches to name a few. Did I mention that we also have a climbing wall, squash courts and a hand ball alley as well?!


State of the art hospital

The UCD Veterinary Hospital offers a referral service for both small and large animals. The primary animal species seen at the hospital include dogs, cats, horses, cows and sheep. Approximately 25 senior veterinary academic staff work within the clinical services offered in the hospital. There is also 22 residents and 9 interns/junior clinicians. The different services can be broken up into small animal medicine and surgery, large animal surgery, farm animal medicine, herd health and equine medicine. There is also full diagnostic services provided within the hospital from blood work to histopathology to a range of imaging modalities.

Research intensive university

UCD is a research intensive university and for the students attending the college, what this means is access to cutting edge, up to date knowledge from lecturers who are directly involved in this research. Within the School of Veterinary Medicine, some of the major research themes include population medicine, veterinary epidemiology, disease pathogenesis, pathology and reproduction research.

For students wishing to get involved in research, there is a number of opportunities to propose a research project or collaborate on existing projects during the summer holidays.

AVMA accredited

There are only six veterinary schools in Europe which are accredited by the AVMA or American Veterinary Medical Association. Graduates from AVMA accredited schools are eligible to apply for a licence to practice veterinary medicine in the US or Canada which obviously gives our graduates some extra opportunities when they qualify. In order to obtain this licence , students have to sit and pass the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Exam) which UCD’s students have done extremely well in over the years – figures from 2015/2016 show that 87% of candidates sitting the exam passed.

Vet Student Societies

There are over 70 active societies in UCD but the veterinary faculty has its own specific ones such as our Veterinary Society, One Health Society and Farm Animal Society. These societies organise talks, tutorials, annual balls, nights out, minglers, surf trips and so on. It’s a great way to get some study done while getting to know students in other years and there is often pizza after the talks for an added bonus.

Our student advisor

Student advisors are available in each programme area and are there for students to drop in and have a chat or ask anything they need to.

Things our wonderful student advisor Niamh has done include: organising board games and colouring books for the lunchroom, providing free tea and treats during study week, leaving animal cushions about the place to help “cushion” any blows on exam results day, hand-knitting little animals to hand out at the Christmas Carol service or when she led yoga and meditation sessions for us.

The kindest library staff

From decorating the veterinary library for every season to providing chocolate during the exam weeks, our librarians are possibly the best in all of UCD. If there is any awards going, these guys need to win them all.

Veterinary Medicine Library UCD

Our own farm

The UCD Lyons Estate Research Farm is used by vet students throughout the degree to learn about animal husbandry, behaviour and handling as well as for practical classes. The farm is located just outside the village of Newcastle in Co. Kildare and consists of approximately 580 acres.

The clinical skills lab

Our clinical skills laboratory is there to help us learn and improve on day one competencies (those being the things we are expected to be able to do from day 1 – such as suture, place IV catchers, set up IV fluids, bandage, perform basic tests or procedures etc). The laboratory can be used for self directed learning as well as for classes or tutorials throughout the degree.

UCD Horizons

UCD Horizons is UCD’s modularised education system where by students are given the opportunity to study individual subjects outside of their degree areas. For vet students this means that in both first and second year of the degree you can choose to study two subjects from anywhere across the universities disciplines such as law, business, languages, medicine, science or you could choose one of the many vet related elective subjects such as classes in One Health or Exotics.

International Study Opportunities

During the degree students can choose to travel abroad for part of their extramural experience (or ‘seeing practice’) in other veterinary hospitals or veterinary schools. Examples of such opportunities include travelling to the UK to work in a large referral or specialty practice, spay neuter clinics in countries such as Malta, Nicaragua or India, or traveling to Kentucky to work with horses.

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