VET319 State Veterinary Medicine

Credits (ECTS):4.5

Course responsible:Marit Nesje

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Every fall, every spring 

Teaching and exam period:Look at the Semester plan. This course has teaching/evaluation in Fall semester.  This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring semester

About this course

Law and Forensic Medicine

Public Administration

State Veterinary Medicine in relation to previous and future courses:

6th semester, animal welfare: Introduction on regulatory importance and animal protection/animal welfare.

9th semester, Veterinary public Health, part 2 (VET 341): practical application of the legislation through assignments in disease control and deployment at the FSA.

10th semester: Lectures and gatherings and independent work on a written assignment in state veterinary medicine. The assignment is a part of the oral exam the same semester.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should:

  • Be able to describe the main features and use regulations pertaining to

-animal welfare

-control of infectious animal diseases, both in land animals and fish

-importation and exportation of animals and infectious objects

-veterinary medicine and professional liability

  • Have insight into how the FSA administer the Animal Welfare Act, Food Safety Act and the Act Relating to Animal Health Personnel through the rules of case procedure and principles of the Administration Act and Freedom of Information Act.
  • Know the law of sales usage when buying and selling animals.
  • Know the veterinarian's duties in the legal system and the penal procedure.
  • Be able to manage / deal with a complaint / compensation from a customer and be able to fill out veterinary certificates and declarations in a proper way / in accordance with the regulations.
  • Be able to prepare and carry out inspections in animal husbandry.
  • Show an attitude and behavior that shows respect for animals based on their uniqueness and intrinsic value.
  • Display an attitude and behavior in their professional practice that do not undermine confidence in the professional group.
  • Develop a thesis relevant to the differentiation direction.
  • The teaching includes legislation of relevance to veterinary medicine, with particular emphasis on the Act Relating to Animal Health Personnel, the Food Safety Act and the Animal Welfare Act, and regulations issued pursuant to these laws. Particular emphasis is placed on rules for combating infectious animal diseases, import and export of animals and veterinary's role in relation to the animal welfare regulations. Rules of case processing and principles of public administration and public law are affected too. The teaching also includes the Rules of Procedure, business as a specialist, provisions concerning trade in animals related to the purchasing laws and veterinary professional responsibility and legal liability in connection with the claim for compensation. The teaching is divided between 9th semesters and 1st differentiation semester (1 week mandatory part of this). For 9th semester; see Veterinary Public Health, Part 2.  In the first differentiation semester there will be lectures and gatherings and the student works under guidance with a thesis related to the differentiation direction. It will be held an oral exam during the last study week of the first differentiation semester.

    ProdMat specialization: 1 week is allocated for administrative law and practical task with animal protection issues.

    Equine specialization: Further education about doping of horses and regulations.

  • Recommended literature and detailed description of the course are found at the block's home area on Canvas
  • Completed 1-9 semester of the Veterinary medicine  program
  • Programme requirements: Passed individual home examination.

    Oral examination: Students come up in groups of maximum 8 per day. Individual examination of approx. ½ hour (OFFVET07) carried out. The students are questioned about both the assignment and the curriculum from 9th semester.

    Examination support material: None

    Grading scale: A-F

  • An external examiner is used both for evaluation of written assignment and for oral examination
  • An internship in Food Safety Authority is mandatory. It can be agreed with the examination coordinator how this may be re-taken later in the semester, or the next year. The thesis in the differentiating year must be submitted within the prescribed time limit in order to take the exam.

    Purpose of the task

    The students will at private study immerse in a topic in veterinary medicine and write a thesis with relevance to the depth study they have chosen. This will give a deeper and more thorough knowledge in a selected legislation within the relevant field.


    A list with suggestions for topics will be prepared, and students may also themself prepare topics, but they have to be approved by the lecturer in advance. 

  • Requirements for personal equipment



    No specific procedures for this block.

  • VET
  • Admitted to the Veterinary Medicine Program and completed 1-9 semester of the Veterinary medicine  program