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Veterinary Medicine

The Division of Animal Science in National Taiwan University (formerly, Taipei Imperial University) was established back in the 1940's when Taiwan was still a colony of Japan. The Division of Animal Science was instituted in 1942. After the return of Taiwan to Republic of China in 1945, Taipei Imperial University was renamed as National Taiwan University, and the Division of Animal Science was changed to the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. In 1955, the Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine was split into two divisions: Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine. Four years later, both divisions became departments in their own right. Since then the Department of Veterinary Medicine has offered a five-year program leading to a degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. In 1968, the Graduate Institute was established and the master degree program was offered. In 1977, the Ph.D. program was further inaugurated. In 1990, the student size of the veterinary undergraduate program was expanded. In 1995, the newly built six-story National Taiwan University Veterinary Teaching Hospital officially opened. It is a well-equipped veterinary teaching hospital, which offers excellent clinical learning resources and an excellent environment for senior year veterinary students and graduates.

The department's objective in veterinary education is to educate and train students to become professional veterinarians and competent scientists in veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences.

In accordance with the global improvement of veterinary education and the long-term development for the university, the School of Veterinary Medicine has been established on August 1st, 2008. The school includes one department (Department of Veterinary Medicine), three centers (Development Center for Animal Disease and Livestock Hygiene Technology, Center for Zoonosis Research and Animal Cancer Center) and two graduate institutes (Institute of Veterinary Clinical Sciences [since 2007] and Institute of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology [since 2011]). This development is aimed to educate and train students to become highly competent veterinarians and biomedical scientists.

The twenty-first century is the century of life science and biotechnology. Upgrading our knowledge and techniques in veterinary and biomedical sciences to a world-class level and meeting challenges successfully in this century are the goals of all members of the School of Veterinary Medicine.