Veterinary medicine is both a science and an art, with its origins dating back to ancient times. Over the centuries, its servants have contributed to the progress of humanity and the protection of public health, and its noble healing mission has earned it well-deserved respect.

Although formalized only in 1961, with the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FVM), veterinary education in Iasi dates back almost a century - during which time it has developed and modernized through the dedication and altruism of great professionals.

In its 60 years of existence, the faculty has contributed to the training of more than 5,000 specialists in veterinary medicine who have worked or are working in all sectors of the profession, on all continents of the globe.

Veterinary medicine is a liberal profession, governed by modern European legislation, which allows its practitioners freedom of movement and professional integration within the European Union.

Curricular disciplines and practical training in faculty clinics throughout the 6 years provide students with a solid foundation for the role they will assume after graduation - safeguarding the health of non-humans and their fellow humans. Employment opportunities are plentiful, with graduates able to opt for private practices and clinics, the state veterinary network, the pharmaceutical industry and veterinary pharmacies, farms, diagnostic laboratories, research institutes, police and military units.

After Romania's admission to the European Union (2007) and the adoption of the system of transferable credits, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Iasi has established collaborative relations with numerous medical-veterinary education institutions in Europe, which allows both teachers and students to carry out training periods within the framework of Socrates-Erasmus mobility programmes.

Our faculty offers a modern curriculum, perfectly in line with the requirements of a modern European education.
The formative mission of the Iasi School of Veterinary Medicine is doubled by a significant scientific activity recognized by numerous awards, medals and distinctions obtained by its members in the country and abroad. The human and logistical potential of the faculty has enabled fruitful collaboration with renowned research institutions such as the Pasteur Institute in Paris or the Romanian Academy. It thus offers the possibility to young graduates to continue their professional career through doctoral and post-doctoral studies within a dynamic and motivated team with international visibility.

I. The Mission of the study program: Veterinary Medicine

FVM Iasi's mission has three important dimensions.

A. The teaching mission is to prepare students for the practice of veterinary medicine, with skills in:
- animal health protection;
- hygiene and sanitation of animal products;
- veterinary medical biotechnologies;
- veterinary laboratory diagnosis;
- control the production, commercialization and use of veterinary products;
- control of the way in which the transport of animals, animal products and feed is organised and carried out;
- public health protection;
- breeding, farming and feeding animals;
- animal breeding; fundamental and applied animal genetics research;
- protection of domestic and wild animals;
- control the way animal products are industrialised and processed;
- environmental protection and pollution control;
- veterinary medical statistics;
- veterinary medical scientific education and research.

B. The scientific research mission consists of training and developing scientific and research skills of students and graduates in the University's advanced research centres: the Regional Centre for Advanced Research on Emerging Diseases, Zoonoses and Food Safety Rovetemerg (http://www.uaiasi.ro/POC/ROVETEMERG/), the Laboratory of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the Laboratory of Serology and Molecular Biology, the FVM’s Biological base).
By playing an important role in scientific research, FVM Iasi assumes to improve the activity of the doctoral school in the field of veterinary medicine, to approach new research topics on the scientific development of veterinary medicine in collaboration with universities and research institutes in the country and abroad, to provide specific equipment in its research laboratories.

C. The mission of continuous training of graduates through postgraduate and doctoral studies and participation in the National Continuing Education System Programme, initiated by the General Association of Veterinarians in Romania, the College of Veterinarians, the A.N.S.V.S.A. and the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine in the country. FVM Iasi is a reference methodological centre within the National Continuing Education System for veterinarians from the counties of Iasi, Suceava, Neamt, Bacau, Galati, Vaslui, Braila, Tulcea, Botosani.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Iasi makes an important contribution to local, regional, national and European development in professional, social and economic terms.

Through its present and future public mission, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Iasi assumes:
- continuous updating of specialist training;
- providing a higher qualification to the best specialists through postgraduate doctoral education, internships, etc.;
- providing advice to production units in the livestock, food and drug industries as well as to management and legal decision-making bodies;
- development of cooperation with similar faculties and research institutions at home and abroad.

II. Objectives of the study program: VETERINARY MEDICINE

The main objective of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is to consolidate a clear and unmistakable identity in the national and international context, to become a high-performance institution, with European recognition (EAEVE accredited), capable of applying a student-centred education and to engage in fundamental and applied scientific research activities, convertible also into economic added value, through the cohesion of joint efforts, based on principles of professionalism, ethics and professional deontology, unconditional involvement, respect for the community and excellence in the activities carried out.

General objectives
The program of study VETERINARY MEDICINE has as general objectives the preparation of the students for the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of veterinary medicine.

Specific objectives
The knowledge and competences provided by the Veterinary Medicine in English study programme at FMV Iasi are in accordance with the provisions of Government Decision HG 469/24.06.2015 (Annex_HG-469-din-2015) and the requirements of Directive 36 /2005 EC (Annex _Directive_2005_36_EC) and the amendments made by Directive 55/2013 EC, (Annex Directive_55 of 2013 EC) on the recognition of professional qualifications "Section 5, Article 38: "paragraph (3) Training as a veterinary surgeon shall ensure that the person concerned has acquired the following knowledge and skills:
(a) adequate knowledge of the sciences on which the activities of veterinary profession are based and of the European Union law regarding the respective activities;
(b) adequate knowledge about the structure, functions, behaviour and psychological needs of the animals, as well as the skills and competences necessary for their breeding, feeding, welfare, reproduction and hygiene, in general;
(c) the clinical, epidemiological and analytical skills and competencies necessary for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases, including anaesthesia, aseptic surgery and euthanasia, considered individually or in groups, including specific knowledge about diseases transmitted to humans;
(d) knowledge, skills and competences of preventive medicine, including competences related to investigations and certification;
(e) adequate knowledge of the hygiene and technology of the production, manufacture and putting into circulation of food products intended for animals or those of animal origin intended for human consumption, including the skills and competences necessary to understand and explain good practices in this field;
(f) the knowledge, skills and competences necessary for the responsible and judicious use of veterinary medicinal products for the treatment of animals and for ensuring safety in the food chain and environmental protection.

III. Skills acquired by graduates at the end of their studies in accordance with European regulations

(a) Obtain an accurate and relevant history of the individual animal or animal group, and its/their husbandry and environment;
(b) Develop appropriate treatment plans and administer treatment in the interests of the patient and with regard to the resources available and appropriate public health and environmental considerations;
(c) Synthesises and prioritises problems to arrive at differential diagnoses;
(d) Prioritise situational urgency and allocate resources;
(e) Act professionally in complex situations;
(f) Handle and restrain animal patients safely and humanely, and instruct others in helping the veterinary surgeon perform these techniques;
(g) Perform simple, elective surgeries in an aseptic fashion;
(h) Perform a complete clinical examination relevant to presentation and context;
(i) Attend all species in an emergency and perform first aid;
(j) Collect, preserve and transport samples, select appropriate diagnostic tests, interpret and understand the limitations of the test results;
(k) Use diagnostic techniques and use basic imaging equipment and carry out an examination effectively as appropriate to the case;
(l) Safely perform sedation, and general and regional anaesthesia; implement chemical methods of restraint;
(m) Assess and manage pain;
(n) Recognize when euthanasia is appropriate and perform it humanely;
(o) Perform a systematic gross post-mortem examination, record observations;
(p) Assess the physical condition, welfare and nutritional status of an animal or group of animals and advise the client on good practice of husbandry and feeding;
(q) Recognize suspicious signs of possible notifiable, reportable and zoonotic diseases and take appropriate action, including notifying the relevant authorities;
(r) Apply population principles in compliance with legal regulations and economic realities;
(s) Recommend and evaluate protocols for biosecurity, and apply principles of biosecurity correctly, including sterilization of equipment and disinfection of clothing;
(t) Advise stakeholders on practices that promote animal welfare;
(u) Perform ante-mortem inspection of animals destined for the food-chain, including paying attention to welfare aspects; correctly identify conditions affecting the quality and safety of products of animal origin, to exclude those animals whose condition means their products are unsuitable for the food-chain;
v) Advise on, and implement, preventative programmes appropriate to the species and in line with accepted animal health, welfare and public health and environmental standards;
w) Promote the health and safety of people and the environment;
x) Understand the principles and practice of the application of veterinary science to ensure food safety standards throughout the production chain, including performance of post-mortem inspection of food producing animals.

IV. Completion of the study program

The diploma examination for the Veterinary Medicine programme consists of two tests: The first test - Assessment of fundamental and specialized knowledge (a written part and a practical part) and the second test - Defending of the diploma thesis.

Possible occupations (ANC)
- Veterinarian (225002)
- Epizootologist (225001)
- Researcher in veterinary medicine (225004)
- Possible occupations: veterinarian

Included in COR
225004 - Researcher in veterinary medicine
225005 - Research assistant in veterinary medicine
225003 - Veterinary surgeon - comparative oncology
231001 - University assistant
231002 - Associate professor
231003 - University lecturer
231005 - University professor
231006 - Expert training center
132449 - Pharmacy manager ***
214131 - Quality Analyst
214535 - Research assistant in food quality control
214130 - Auditor in the field of quality
325714 - Auditor in the field of food safety
214533 - Researcher in food quality control 242213 - Expert accessing European structural and cohesion funds
214951 - Out-of-court technical expert
335105 - Expert / customs inspector
233002 - Teacher in secondary education
233001 - Teacher in high school, post-secondary education

Outlets on the labor market: drug sales agent, medical equipment sales agent, zootechnical unit manager, food industry unit manager, animal trainer.