WAEC and JAMB UTME Subject for Veterinary Medicine


This page contains 2020/2021 official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Veterinary Medicine, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more


Course Veterinary Medicine
Qualifications M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration 5 – 6 Years
Suitability Science Students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Veterinary Medicine related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive


On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Veterinary Medicine. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.

You must be a Science student for you to study Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria Universities, and that’s can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level admission requirement.

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That is the O level / WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) and the required screening documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Veterinary Medicine

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria universities. This subject combination is also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE.
These are the subject combinations for Veterinary Medicine in WAEC, NECO and GCE:

  1. English Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology/Agricultural Science
  6. Economics
  7. Civic Education
  8. Nigerian Language
  9. A trade subject

These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. I will advise you to include a Language in your O level subjects. For the record, if you are one of those students seeking admission into any universities, college or polytechnics in Lagos State, Yoruba Language is compulsory for Veterinary Medicine. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Veterinary Medicine, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.

JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Veterinary Medicine

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions. Now I’m going to show you the compulsory JAMB subjects for Veterinary Medicine that you must register (English must be included because it is compulsory even though it may not be listed among the JAMB subjects below), and I will honestly advise you to aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME instead of 180 to be on a safe side because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider the College of Education or Polytechnic… Read how to answer and pass JAMB once.
Please note– English Language is compulsory. If Mathematics is not listed among the Jamb subject on this post, then Mathematics is not compulsory for this course. JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Veterinary Medicine. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 JAMB UTME subject combination to study Veterinary Medicine must include:
  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Veterinary Medicine

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Veterinary Medicine, you are expected to have A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology/Zoology, Physics or Mathematics
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If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same with the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Veterinary Medicine, don’t give up. You should consider other Veterinary Medicine similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.
You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university

These are the list of Universities offering Veterinary Medicine in Nigeria

  1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  2. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  3. University of Ibadan (UI)
  4. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  5. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  6. The University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  7. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  8. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike
  9. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
  10. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)

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Cut-off Mark for Veterinary Medicine course

As you can see, more than one University offers Veterinary Medicine. This means the cut-off mark for Veterinary Medicine varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Veterinary Medicine is a good course and you can also check the top best science courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.

Veterinary Medicine is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Veterinary Medicine at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Veterinary Medicine for six years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for five years. And of course there is room for more years if you have extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.

Veterinary Medicine is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Veterinary Medicine is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science but may be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.
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Can a science or art student study Veterinary Medicine?

No! If you are a Commercial or Art student, you can’t study Veterinary Medicine at the university. This is a pure science course. But if you are good with Science subjects, you can take your chances I won’t discourage you provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.
Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Veterinary Medicine is through GCE.

What is Veterinary Medicine course all about: 

Few Nigerian students study this great course. It deals with the welfare of both domesticated and wild animals. It equips a student with knowledge of animal health and its likely effect on human, their diseases, treatment, and preventions. A degree in Veterinary Medicine generally involves 5 years of undergraduate study.
The curriculum will vary between universities, but generally speaking, the earlier years of the course will focus on structure and function of the healthy animal. This will include topics such as Veterinary Medicine and physiology and involves learning about structure and function of cells, body tissues, body systems and the whole animal. At the same time, you will learn about animal husbandry (how to look after animals including how they should be housed and fed) and begin to learn the foundation clinical skills.
This degree is designed to train and prepare you for a career as a veterinary practitioner either in general practice or in a more specialised field such as small animal, farm animal, equine or exotic animal practice. It also prepares you for further training in a specialised clinical field. Examples of these would include orthopaedic surgery, cardiology, dentistry and soft tissue surgery.
Where can I work with a Degree in Veterinary Medicine 
Career opportunities usually follow private veterinary practice, and graduates may choose to pursue research, industry (such as pharmaceutical companies), veterinary charities at home or abroad, and academia.

Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Veterinary Medicine in WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.
You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for Veterinary Medicine below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Veterinary Medicine had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar….

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Veterinary Medicine
(i) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and University of Agriculture, Makurdi accept HND distinction in: (a) Poultry Production; (b) Animal Health; and (c) Animal Products Inspection.
(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) and Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike accept ND/HND Animal Health and Husbandry provided candidates meet the following requirements:- (a) At least one year satisfactory practical experience; (b) Five ‘O’ level credit passes in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and English Language.
(iii) University of Ibadan (UI) also requires ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, and Biology/Zoology with ‘O’ level credit passes in Physics and Mathematics. In special cases, candidates who have passed the Animal Health Assistant or its equivalent with distinction plus ‘O’ level credit passes in Chemistry, Biology and Physics or the equivalent may be considered for admission.
(iv) Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK) accept ND/HND in relevant fields plus ‘O’ level credits passes in Chemistry and Biology and O/L passes in Mathematics and Physics. (v) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria accepts: (a) Three ‘A’ level passes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics. (b) HND in Animal Science at minimum of lower credit from accredited institution
(vi) Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) requires at least HND (Upper Credit) to 200 level in addition to UTME requirements.
(vii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requires either (a) Passes at GCE A’ level or HSC or an equivalent examination in Chemistry, Biology and Physics in addition to UME requirement.
(vii) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires A-level passes (with at least C grade) in any of the following; Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics in addition to meeting the O’ level requirements above At least a minimum of 8 point. Special consideration may be given to candidates with Higher National Diploma in Animal Health and Husbandry, or Animal Production provided the diploma is passed at Upper credit level, in addition to meeting the O’ level requirements above or graduates of first degree in related Biosciences (Zoology, Biological Science, Animal Science or Production, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine, Physiology, Nursing, Medicine, with a minimum of second class Lower division, in addition to meeting the O’ level requirements above.
(viii) University of Jos (UNIJOS) accepts: (a) Bachelor’s degree in relevant science discipline from recognised institutions (b) HND (Animal Health or Animal Production Technology or equivalent) at credit level (c) All candidates MUST have O’ level requirement.
(ix) University of Abuja, Gwagwalada accepts ND/HND(upper credit level) in Animal Health and Production or BSc in Animal Science, Biological sciences(Zoology), Microbiology, etc in addition to UTME Entry requirements
What is WAEC, NECO, GCE, Special Consideration (waiver) to study Veterinary Medicine
(i) Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK) accepts Agric. Science and Health Science.
(ii) University of Agriculture, Makurdi accepts Agricultural Science in lieu of Biology.
(iii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5/6 ‘O’ level credits passes to include English. Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and any other relevant subject.
What is JAMB UTME Special Consideration (waiver) to study Veterinary Medicine
(i) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK) accept Physics or Mathematics.
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