Norwegian University of Life Sciences

About Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Norwegian University of Life Sciences is Norway's only veterinary educational institution. They educate veterinarians, veterinary nurses and doctoral students in veterinary science. NMBU campus is located in Ås, 30 minutes train ride away from Oslo. NMBU offers preceptorship opportunities to ISU students in these areas: ruminants/production animal; small animal; equine; pathology; aquatic. These rotations are only available in the spring semester from February till the end of April (all rotations are paused for a week during the Easter holiday ). Teaching instructions are in Norwegian, while most instructors and students speak English.  

Production Animal Rotations

Production animal medicine & surgery; ambulatory & reproduction field services to local farms. 

The production animal clinic is not public facing and is closed in July. Animals that were treated at the hospital usually go through isolation before getting sent back to farms. The ambulatory rotations typically have 2 students and 1 veterinarian. Common animals seen on farm visits are cattle, sheep and pigs.  

About 250 ruminant and pig patients are seen inside the production animal clinic per year. About 6,000 individual ruminants and pig patients are seen on farm visits (ambulatory & reproduction) per year. 

Small Animal Rotations

Small animal medicine & surgery; intensive care

The small animal hospital sees about 3,500 patients per year. Generally 5-7 students are in each small animal rotation. 

Equine Rotations

Eqine medicine and surgery.

About 300 patients are seen per year inside the equine teaching hospital. 

Pathology Rotations

Half day lessons and demonstrations of cases and half day self-study (free time). Course code VET314

Aquatic Rotations

Course code VET313 Aquatic Animal Medicine and Fish Health

  • Aquatic Medicine
  • Production principles / production cycle of salmon / trout
  • Smoltification in anadromous fish species
  • Fish diseases in farmed fish, freshwater and seawater
  • Welfare 
  • Fish Pathology
  • Preventive and therapeutic principles
  • Water quality
  • Reproduction and breeding in farmed fish, with emphasis on Atlantic salmon