Undergraduate Programme

Admission

The admission of undergraduate students to follow the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) course is made by the University Grants Commission (U.G.C., 18, Ward Place, Colombo 07, Sri Lanka). Selection for admission is based on the results of the G.C.E. (Advanced Level) examination conducted by the Department of Examinations, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka. Requirements of a candidate for eligibility for admission to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science vary from time to time and prospective candidates are advised to consult the booklet "Admissions to Undergraduate Courses in the Universities and University Colleges of Sri Lanka" issued by the U.G.C.

Curriculum

The BVSc degree programme extends over 4 academic years with two semesters of 15 weeks each per academic year. The total number of subjects covered is 25 and most of the subjects extend for over 2 semesters while the others are confined to a single semester. The "Course" refers to a part of a subject taught in a given semester or to the entire course in the case of a single semester subject. Each course is identified by a letter code and a number code. The letter code identifies the department or unit while the number code identifies the academic year, semesters within each academic year and the subjects taught within each department or unit as shown below.

The letter codes for different departments/units

BVS Department of Basic Veterinary Sciences
VPB Department of Veterinary Pathobiology
VCS Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
FAPH Department of Farm Animal Production and Health
   
VMEU Veterinary Medical Education Unit

Number codes

First digit: Academic year - 1, 2, 3, 4
Second digit: Semester within academic year - 1, 2 
Third digit: Subjects within each department (Table 1)

Subjects offered by each department/unit

The subjects offered by each department/unit and the number assigned as the 3rd digit of the number code are given in Table 1.

Subjects offered by each department/unit and the numbering system for the third digit  

3rd digit

VMEU

BVS

VPB

VCS

FAPH

1

English

Anatomy

Pathology

CA Medicine

FA Medicine

2

Computer Literacy

Physiology

Immunology

CA Surgery

FA Surgery

3

Student Project

Biochemistry

Microbiology

CA Reproduction and Obstetrics

FA Reproduction and Obstetrics

4

Introduction to Veterinary Science

Animal Nutrition

Parasitology

WL & Zoo Animal Health and Management

FA Production

5

 

Wildlife biology and Fish biology

Pharmacology

WL Management and Conservation *

Aquaculture

6

 

Public Health

CA Clinics

Statistics and Epidemiology 

7

 

Food Processing and Quality Control

 

Economics 

8

 

Business Management 

9

 

Human Resource Management and Communication

10

 

FA Clinics

* Coordinated by VBS

CA =Companion Animal, WL = Wildlife, FA = Farm Animal

Subjects taught during each Semester

The spread of subjects within each semester over the eight semesters academic programme is given in

Subjects taught during each semester

Semester

Academic Year 1

Hours

Academic Year 2

Hours

Academic Year 3

Hours

Academic Year 4

Hours

1

BVS 111 Anatomy I

135

BVS 214 Nutrition I

65

VPB 316 Public Health I

50

VCS 412 Surgery III (S / O)

45

BVS 112 Physiology I

108

BVS 215(I) Fish Biology + FAHP 215 Aquaculture

60

VPB 317 Food Processing and Quality Control I

50

VCS 413 CA Reproduction and Obstetrics I

30

BVS 113 Biochemistry I

105

BVS 215 (II) Wildlife Biology management and
conservation +CAMS 214

66

VPB 315 Pharmacology I

45

FAPH 412 Surgery III (S / O)

(45)

VMEU 111 English I

30

VPB 211 Pathology I

65

FAPH 314 FA Production I (Genetics and Breeding)

45

FAPH 413 (I) FA Reproduction and Obstetrics I

(30)

   

VPB 212 Immunology

48

FAPH 314 FA Production II (Ruminant)

45

FAPH 413 (II) FA Reproduction and Obstetrics II

45

VPB 213 Microbiology I

90

FAPH 311 FA Medicine I

45

FAPH 418 Business Management

45

VPB 214 Parasitology I

70

VCS 311 CA Medicine I

(45)

FAPH 419 Human Resource Management and Communication

45

VMEU 211 English III

15

FAPH 316 Statistics and Epidemiology (Statistics)

60

FAPH 410 FA Clinics III

120

   

FAPH 317 Economics

45

VCS 415 CA Clinics III

120

VCS 315 CA Clinics I

30

VMEU 413 Project II

15

FAPH 310 FA Clinics I

30

FAPH 416 Statistics and Epidemiology (Epidemiology)

45

VMEU 313 Project I

15

   

VMEU 311 English V

15

VMEU 312 Computer literary

30

 

Total

378

Total

479

Total

505

Total

510

2

BVS 121 Anatomy II

150

BVS 224 Nutrition II

70

VPB 321 Pathology III(Poultry / Fish / Clinical Pathology)

50

VCS 423 (I) CA Reproduction and Obstetrics II (Obs. / Infertility)

45

BVS 122 Physiology II

96

VPB 221 Pathology II

50

VPB 326 Public Health II

50

VCS 423(II) CA Reproduction and Obstetrics (Equine / Wildlife / Zoo Animals)

30

BVS 123 Biochemistry II

105

VPB 223 Microbiology II

90

VPB 327 Food processing and Quality Control II

50

FAPH 423 FA Reproduction and Obstetrics III (Obs. / Infertility)

(45)

VMEU 121 English II

30

VPB 224 Parasitology II

90

VPB 325 Pharmacology II

45

VCS 421CA Medicine III (Equine / Wildlife / Zoo Animals)

45

   

VMEU 221 English IV

15

FAPH 324 FA Production III (Monogastric)

60

FAPH 421 FA Medicine IV (Aquatic Medicine)

30

   

FAPH 321 (I) FA Medicine II (Ruminant)

45

VCS 425 CA Clinics IV

120

FAPH 321 (II) FA Medicine III (Monogastric)

45

FAPH 420 FA Clinics IV

120

VCS 321 CA Medicine II (Canine and Feline)

60

VMEU 423 Project IV

15

VCS 322 (I) CA Surgery I (A / R)

45

   

VCS 322 (II) CA Surgery I (G / S)

30

FAPH 322(I) FA Surgery I (A / R)

(45)

FAPH 322(II) FA Surgery II (G / S)

(30)

VCS 325 CA Clinics II

30

VMEU 321 English VI

15

FAPH 320 FA Clinics II

30

VMEU 323 Project II

15

 

Total

381

Total

315

Total

570

Total

405

TOTAL HOURS

3543

( ) Values in parenthesis are the hours of common courses and hence not counted for the total

 

Legal Requirement for Practice

A veterinary graduate must be registered as a Veterinary Surgeon under the Veterinary Surgeons and Practitioners Act. No. 46 of 1956, before he/she can  practice Veterinary Science in Sri Lanka. An application for registration, including a  registration fee, should be made to the Registrar, Veterinary Council of Sri Lanka, immediately after graduation.

Qualifications for Registration

Veterinary graduates qualified from the University of Peradeniya and intending to apply to the Veterinary Council for registration as a veterinary surgeon shall submit the duly completed application form, two passport size photographs (6.0 cm X 4.0  cm) duly certified by a Justice of Peace (on the reverse) and the following original documents together with a photocopy of each such document to the Registrar of the  Council:
a) Birth certificate of the Applicant.
b) A character certificate issued by a senior academic staff member (Senior Lecturer and above) of the Faculty from which he/she graduated or from a person acceptable to the Council.
c) Degree / Provisional Degree certificate issued by the University.

On receipt of the above, the Council at its discretion shall provisionally register the applicant as a veterinary surgeon for a period of six months. During this period, the applicant shall undergo a six months internship training conducted jointly by the  Veterinary Council and the Department of Animal Production and Health. The Council shall, upon being satisfied that the applicant has successfully completed the internship, and having applied to the Council for registration and pai d the prescribed  fee, register the applicant as a veterinary surgeon and issue a certificate to that effect.