Veterinary Medicine @ LaStatale

The mission of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Milan is to provide an intellectual and physical environment that allows the achievement of the highest levels of teaching, learning and research in the field of animal science to benefit the life and health of animal populations, human health and the environment that links them.

The Faculty encourages mutual collaboration, respect and plurality of thought as well as moral integrity. The Faculty, through the two Departments - DIMEVET and VESPA, offers courses in veterinary medicine, animal production and biotechnology, and in doing so it aims to stimulate exchanges between different disciplines in the field of animal science. It also offers opportunities for post-graduate study, research and professional development.

The Faculty is engaged in a broader social context: it is the reference point for governmental institutions and public administrations regarding domestic and wild animals and the related public and environmental health problems, as well as supporting private practice and working towards being a resource for agricultural communities.

Historical notes and curiosities about the Faculty.

The Master's Degree course in Veterinary Medicine (DIMEVET Department) has EAEVE certification - European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education together with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE).

Experimental Zootechnical Education Center

An educational structure where students enrolled in different degree programmes can acquire knowledge and techniques on the husbandry of the principal animal species of zootechnical interest: dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep and goats, poultry, fish and bees.

Veterinary Hospital

An educational structure where students who are enrolled in the Master's Degree in Veterinary Medicine and some Specialization Schools are an integral part of the hospital staff and participate in the clinical-assistance activities carried out by veterinarians: as well as university professors, scholarship holders, post-graduate students and freelancers under contract.

Conscientious objection to animal testing

Those who study at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan can declare – at any time during their university career – conscientious objection to animal experimentation (Law No 413/1993).

However, the programmes of the various undergraduate degree courses offered by Veterinary Medicine at the University of Milan do not foresee the use of animal testing in the context of its courses and, therefore, there are no grounds for the application of the "Regulation on conscientious objection to animal testing".

Experimentation involving the use of animals concerns only some post-graduate programmes or research work for degree or post-graduate theses. In the case of conscientious objection, the development of these theses must be assessed in advance with the teaching staff in order to verify the compatibility of the conscientious objection with the objectives of the theses.

Detailed information and the related forms for enrolled students can be found on the individual websites for each degree programme.


The Center for Animal Ethics - CETA, formerly the Ethics Committee for the Protection of Animals, is an independent body of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and of the Experimental Veterinary and Zootechnical Clinic Center -  University of Milan – established in 2009.

CETA, which operates with strictly advisory and propositional functions, has the following objectives:

  • protection of the dignity, integrity and well-being of the animals involved in clinical and zootechnical activities, in teaching and in research;

  • promotion of a culture of respect for animals;

  • promotion of correct human – animal – environmental relationships.

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