UNIMI Logo   UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO The University of Milan is a public teaching and research university distinguished by its wide variety of disciplinary fields. The University of Milan was founded in 1924, by the union of two institutions with great traditions: the Accademia Scientifico-Letteraria, active in the field of Humanities since 1861, and Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento , established in 1906 in the field of Medicine and Science.   At the time of its foundation there were four “traditional” faculties in the University of Milan: Law, Humanities, Medicine and Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences. In the 1930s, the Faculties of Veterinary Medicine and Agriculture were introduced, with the aggregation of the old Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (founded in 1791) and Agriculture (1871). The University of Milan has a remarkable artistic and cultural heritage that includes important historic buildings, inherited and acquired collections, archives, botanical gardens and the old Astronomical Observatory of Brera (1760) commissioned by Maria Teresa of Austria. Its premises are located in Città Studi, the university district created from 1915 onwards that is home to the scientific faculties, and in historical palazzos of the old city centre, which house the humanities faculties. Among the palazzos that house the University’s facilities special mentions go to the old Ca’ Granda – a Rennaissance palace built in 1456 by the Duke of Milan Francesco Sforza   as a Hospital to provide medical care for the poor; the 18th-century Palazzo Greppi designed by Giuseppe Piermarini – the architect of the Teatro Alla Scala; and the 17th-century Sant’Alessandro College commissioned by the Arcimboldi family. The University of Milan is characterized by the marked multidisciplinary nature of its teaching and research programmes, which have developed in three major areas: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law; Medicine and Healthcare; Science. Approximately 65,000 students are enrolled at the University. The teaching staff is composed of 2,170 tenured professors and researchers. Educational programmes : First Cycle

  • Bachelor programmes: 65
  • Single-cycle master programmes: 9

Second Cycle

  • Master programmes: 54

Third Cycle

  • Research doctorate programmes: 31
  • Specialisation schools: 63

Vocational Masters and Advanced Courses

  • 1st level Vocational Master programmes: 12
  • 2nd Level Vocational Master programmes: 9
  • Advanced courses: 88

The University of Milan is the only Italian University among the 21 members of LERU ( League of European Research Universities) Thanks to its commitment to basic and applied research, the University is a leading institute in Italy and Europe for scientific productivity and is among the top institutions in the main national and international rankings.

  • 1st place in Italy, 99th in the world (Council of Taiwan HEEACT)
  • 1st place in Italy, 58th in the world (The Leiden Ranking – Universiteit Leiden)
  • 1st place in Italy, 228th in the world (Times Higher Education)
  • 3rd place in Italy, 275th in the world (QS)
  • Between 3rd place in Italy, between 151st and 200th in the world (Academic Ranking of World Universities – Shanghai Jiao Tong University)

  VETERINARY MEDICINE Established in 1791 as the College of Veterinary Studies, and part of the University of Milan since 1932, Veterinary Medicine enrols ~ 500 new students each year. High-level study and research activities are conducted both in the main campus in Milan and in the new campus in Lodi, in the centre of the Po River valley, from basic veterinary disciplines to animal production and the safety of animal products intended for human consumption. In fact, the Po River Valley has strong vocation to animal production i.e. intensive dairy production→ e.g. Grana Padano cheese, Parmesan cheese; pig breeding → e.g.Parma Ham etc. 2 DEPARTMENTS:

  • Health, Animal Science and Food Safety (VESPA)
  • Veterinary Science and Public Health (DIVET)


  • Animal Husbandry & Welfare
  • Animal Production, Food & Health
  • Veterinary Biotechnology


  • Animal Science &Technologies
  • Veterinary Biotechnology Sciences


  • Veterinary Medicine


  • Animal Nutrition → animal product quality
  • Veterinary inspection of food of animal origin →hygiene, food safety
  • Farming, hygiene and disease of aquatic animals and food safety of derived products
  • Swine Pathology → hygiene

Applicants must hold a single-cycle degree in Veterinary Medicine Strong professional orientation:

  • training
  • internships

→ training and internship activities must account for at least 70% of total credits   = 126 credits 1 credit = 25 hours of work/student 126 credits = 3150 hours Training and Internships

  • Food Safety Authorities

e.g. Istituti Zooprofilattici Sperimentali (Public Veterinary Institutes)

  • Health Authorities
  • Major retailers/cooperatives (supermarket chains etc)
  • Catering sector
  • Private companies

e.g.Food/feed industries The new campus in Lodi is home to a Veterinary Hospital and a diagnostic centre. In Lodi there are also other facilities supporting teaching, training and research programmes in Animal Production Science (dairy, beef, goats, swine, equine, poultry, fish, rabbits, bees etc.)

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