This page contains 2024 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

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

Is Veterinary Medicine a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, it is a good course. Veterinary Medicine is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with limited job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. The average net salary for a Veterinary Doctor in Nigeria is ₦180K

An Veterinary Medicine degree is not competitive and this course is popular amongst science students in secondary school. From our records, 12 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Veterinary Medicine, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Veterinary Medicine and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

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WAEC Subject Combination For Veterinary Medicine

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Veterinary Medicine degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a Veterinary Medicine degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before you can gain admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If however, you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Veterinary Medicine are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Geography/Further Mathematics

If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as 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 course subject requirements.

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


JAMB subject combination for Veterinary Medicine

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 250 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Veterinary Medicine. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-200 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combination for Veterinary Medicine are:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

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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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)
  11. University Of Jos, Jos
  12. University of Benin
Estimated number of students currently studying Veterinary Medicine in Nigerian Universities is 3,038
Veterinary Medicine has 8% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Veterinary Medicine has 65% admission rate.

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Veterinary Medicine is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Veterinary Medicine degree course 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 an 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

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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 degree course 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.


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2 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject for Veterinary Medicine”

    1. You should use WAEC Curriculum, it is almost the same though managed by different bodies… search for brochure using the search box

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