BSc in Bioveterinary Science

BSc in Bioveterinary Science

Course Overview

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  • AL742

    CAO Course Code

Why take this course?

The aim of the BSc in Bioveterinary Science is to provide a multidisciplinary, undergraduate education by developing scientific skills, training and technical competencies in bioveterinary science, which underpins modern veterinary and laboratory practice through the acquisition of knowledge and skills, with the goal of producing qualified and well-rounded bioveterinary scientists capable of working in a range of scientific and veterinary-related sectors.


What will I experience?

Students will gain a broad knowledge base of essential facts, major concepts, principles and theories associated with the discipline areas of bioveterinary science. They will engage with current developments in the bioveterinary sciences and their applications, and the philosophical and ethical issues involved. They will also learn strong technical skills and competencies as well as how to analyse and assess data. Throughout their course, students will apply practical skills including designing, planning, conducting and reporting on investigations through individual or group projects. They will use effective interpersonal and team-working skills including demonstrating an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of science and of the validity of different points of view. Students will also learn the need for ethical standards and professional codes of conduct and paying due attention to risk assessment, legislation, relevant health and safety regulations. They will apply numeracy, communications and information technology skills, efficiently self-manage and pursue professional development and think independently, set tasks and solve problems. Lastly, they will deploy appropriate practical and presentational techniques and methodologies including data analysis and the use of statistics to communicate results

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

Additional Information

Please note that the Level 7 BSc in Bioveterinary Science degree programme 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.

For additional information about this Level 7 undergraduate programme, please contact:

Head of Department: Dr. Cormac O’Shea, Department of Bioveterinary and Microbial Sciences, Faculty of Science and Health, TUS; Tel: +353 (0)906468103; e-mail:

Programme Coordinator: Dr. Sile O’Flaherty, Department of Bioveterinary and Microbial Sciences, Faculty of Science and Health, TUS; Tel. +353 (0)906468085; e-mail:

Course Details

Course Duration:
3 Years
CAO Course Code:
Cut Off CAO Points:
Course Award:
Bachelor of Science
Course NFQ Level:
Level 7
Dept of Life & Physical Sciences
Minimum Entry Requirements:

Grade O6/H7 in five subjects in the Leaving Certificate, to include Mathematics and a language (English or Irish).

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 Behaviour, Clinical Trials.

Careers & Opportunities

Career Prospects

Typical areas of employment for a Level 7 graduate from the BSc in Bioveterinary Science degree programme include: Biopharmaceutical and medical technology industries, research organisations (academic and industrial), food and drinks manufacturing.

Roles for Bioveterinary Science graduates are in numerous areas including analytical scientist, quality assurance and quality control technician, manufacturing technologist, biochemist, microbiologist and process engineer.

Employment and career opportunities are available in key growth areas including the animal and human healthcare sectors, biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, bioanalytical and various Irish governmental bodies.

Further Study

Graduates of the Level 7 programme (AL742) can progress to the Level 8 add-on programme, BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience. This add-on programme is delivered on the Athlone campus at TUS.

BSc(Hons) in Applied Bioscience

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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