Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a program that provides students with in-depth knowledge and practical skills in medicinal, surgical and different para-clinical courses. It aims to produce graduates who are ethical and competent in diagnosis, prevention, treatment and control of animal diseases, in domesticated and wild animals.

What are the admission requirements for Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines?

  • Must have recommendation from admissions officer approved by College Dean
  • Must have the Original copy of high school card (Form 138A)
  • Must have most recent medical and dental health record
  • Must take and pass the Medical Admission Test (MAT)
  • Must have a copy of NSO certified birth certificate
  • Must have a certificate of good moral character
  • Must have a copy of high school diploma

How long does it take to complete Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines?

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program takes 6 years to complete.

What subjects are included in the Doctor in Veterinary Medicine program?

  • Processing of Meat and Milk, and Utilization of Animal Products
  • Parasites of Wild Birds and Mammals, and Laboratory Animals
  • Veterinary Endocrinology and Reproductive Physiology
  • Parasites of Fishes and Other Aquatic Animals
  • Wildlife, Fish and Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Lameness in Horses and Race tract Practice
  • Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Veterinary Entomology and Protozoology
  • Concepts and Dynamics of Management
  • General Principles of Veterinary Medicine
  • Research Methods in Veterinary Medicine
  • General Principles of Animal Production
  • Perspective in Veterinary Public Health
  • Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology
  • Foundation of Behavioral Sciences
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology
  • Statistics for Biological Sciences
  • Ruminant and Equine Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Immunology
  • Principles of Animal Breeding
  • Principles of Animal Nutrition
  • Canine and Feline Medicine
  • Poultry and Swine Medicine
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Zoology
  • Veterinary Helminthology
  • Developmental Anatomy
  • Undergraduate Thesis
  • Macroscopic Anatomy
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Large Animal Surgery
  • Ruminant Production
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Principles of Surgery
  • Systemic Physiology
  • Systemic Pathology
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Equine Production
  • Veterinary Virology
  • Special Pathology
  • Poultry Production
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Veterinary Botany
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Swine Production
  • Animal Ecology
  • Theriogenology
  • Food Hygiene
  • Epidemiology
  • Zoonoses

What exam do I need to take to practice Veterinary in the Philippines?

A graduate of Doctor of Optometry needs to take and pass the Veterinarian Licensure Examination in order to practice the profession in the Philippines. The examination is given by the Board of Veterinary Medicine under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

What are the requirements for admission to the Veterinarian Licensure Examination?

  • Must be a holder of a degree in Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with academic credits on required subjects from a university recognized by the Philippine government.
  • Must have a copy of the Transcript of Records with Special order and date of graduation with remarks “FOR BOARD EXAMINATION PURPOSES ONLY”
  • Must not have any case filed or pending for moral turpitude in any court in the Philippines that involves moral turpitude
  • Must have an original copy of community tax certificate (cedula)
  • Must have a copy of the NSO authenticated birth certificate
  • Must be of good health and sound mind
  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must be a Filipino Citizen

What are the passing rates of the Licensure Examination for Veterinarians in the Philippines?

  • 2010 – 31% (216 out of 696 examinees)
  • 2009 – 27% (192 out of 698 examinees)
  • 2008 – 32% (224 out of 683 examinees)
  • 2007 – 35% (225 out of 637 examinees)

What are the career opportunities for graduates of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the Philippines?

  • Neurological Veterinary Surgeon
  • Clinic and Hospital Consultant
  • Community Veterinarian
  • Public Veterinary Staff
  • Private Veterinarian
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Associate
  • Research Scientist
  • Epidemiologist

Reviews of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine graduates:

M. A.
Studied Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
at University of the Philippines Los Banos , Los Banos
Graduated: 2009

Why did I choose this course:
Interest in wildlife.

About my college education:
Things I learned: being a veterinarian is an all around job. Human doctors have a specialization or fields. In veterinary, we have to know them all. Radiologist, pharmacologist, nutritionist, surgeon, nurse, to name a few.

Difficult subjects: pharmacy- but most fulfilling. only a few degrees and write a prescription on drugs. Another difficult one is medicine- integration of all pre-vetmed subjects you learned.

The exams are difficult. Some shift courses, dropped out or change schools when they fail. Maybe around only half of the batch remained by graduation time.
I failed several subjects also. DVM in uplb is really difficult but can be done.

My current job:
I'm a practicing companion animal veterinarian.
I work in an animal hospital and treats dogs cats and exotic pets. A fulfilling but sometimes stressful job. But worth it.

Am I using what I learned in college:
Yep, but mostly you learn it outside college, the practical skills that they don't teach in college.

How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
Only a few weeks.

Do I recommend studying Doctor of Veterinary Medicine:
Know first if you really want to learn more about animals and medicine before taking it. This is not a course that you'll just take just because you like cats or dogs but doesn't want to learn other aspects.

Lots of employment if you are not choosy. Almost every company has a job opening.

Salary is low. Vets I think are very underpaid here. 15,000 might be the usual starting salary these days. Salary of experienced employee? Depends. But you can start your own clinic if you want to earn more.

It's fulfilling and interesting. You learn everyday.

Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Always listen to class, ask you professors and learn form the best. Do not ever cheat. That's something I can be proud of despite failing some subjects. Have time to relax also. Don't be a nerdy vet. It's not your whole life but just a part of it. Don't forget to nurture other aspects of your life. And don't get someone pregnant...
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