Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Bioveterinary Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Bioveterinary Science

Course Overview

  • 4

    Years

  • 8

    Level

  • 325

    Points

  • AL842

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

Bioveterinary science is dedicated to the investigation of life processes and exploring the inter-relationships of living organisms. This may involve studies at a variety of levels from molecules to populations. Bioveterinary science is divided into many specialisms such as biology, biological sciences life sciences and animal sciences. This degree emphasizes specific technologies, interactions and/or systems (e.g. animal behaviour, biochemistry, biotechnology), or the environments that living organisms inhabit (e.g. ecology, environmental biology).

This bioveterinary science degree programme at AIT is unique in Ireland. It is a multi-disciplinary degree in science which allows the graduate access to a wide range of career options. All of this is designed to produce bioveterinary scientists who play an important part in the nationwide promotion of animal and human health and welfare. Bioveterinary scientists may progress to hold positions in the Pharmaceutical, Agricultural, and Medical research sectors.

What will I experience?

  • Lectures, tutorials and practical classes delivered in modern well-equipped teaching rooms and laboratories.
  • Enthusiastic lecturers with wide experience of research, academia and industry.
  • An optional industrial placement in year 3 of the programme.
  • A research project in year 4 which will focus on a specific bioveterinary-related topic.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Graduates are well placed to go on to employment in veterinary diagnostics and pharmaceutical research, veterinary, medical and nutritional sales, hospital and forensic laboratory work.

As a graduates you will be academically well prepared to enroll on a research degree programme at AIT or other third-level Institutes. You will also be qualified to undertake a variety of taught MSc programmes including AIT’s taught MSc in Applied Toxicology and the proposed MSc/MBA in Biotechnology at AIT.

Additional Information

Please note that the BSc (Hons) in Bioveterinary Sciences degree does not confer eligibility to register with the Veterinary Council of Ireland as either a veterinary surgeon or a veterinary nurse. The degree programme is neither designed nor intended as a route to further study in the area of veterinary medicine or veterinary nursing.

Course Details

Course Duration:
4 Years
CAO Course Code:
AL842
Cut Off CAO Points:
325
Median CAO Points:
380
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Course NFQ Level:
Level 8
Department:
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade H5 in two higher-level subjects, Grade 05 in Mathematics at ordinary level, plus three subjects at Grade 06 at ordinary level. Subjects to include a language (English or Irish).

QQI (FETAC):

5 places reserved for QQI students QQI applicants to this programme must hold the following award: CASLT (5M3807). They are also required to have a merit in the module Mathematics (5N1833) included in their award or alternatively have Leaving Certificate Mathematics at O5. They must also possess distinctions in three modules.

Course Prospectus

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Course Structure

Year 1

Chemistry, Biology, Bioveterinary Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Mathematics for Scientists, Learning and Development for Higher Education, Current Scientific Issues through Enquiry Based Learning.

Year 2

Large Animal Husbandry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Bioveterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques, Analytical Techniques 1, Analytical Techniques 2, Organic Chemistry, Probability and Statistics, Veterinary Infection and Disease Control.

Year 3

Advanced Cell Biology, Ecotoxicology, Clinical Animal Nutrition, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Bioveterinary Public Health and Epidemiology, Quality Control and Experimental Design, Bioveterinary Parasitology, Ecology of Terrestrial Ecosystem, Animal Behavior, Clinical Trials.

Year 4

Toxicity Testing Methods, Project Theory & Practice, Pharmacology, Bioveterinary Immunology, Bioveterinary Biotechnology, Regulatory Affairs and Legislation, Veterinary Pharmaceutics, Herd Management Strategies, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Graduates are well placed to go on to employment in veterinary diagnostics and pharmaceutical research, veterinary, medical and nutritional sales, hospital and forensic laboratory work.

Further Study

As a graduate you will be academically well prepared to enrol on a research degree programme at AIT or in other third-level institutes. You will also be qualified to undertake a variety of taught MSc programmes including the taught MSc in Toxicology and the proposed MSc/MBA in Biotechnology at AIT.

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