In 1787, shortly after the foundation of the world's first veterinary school (1762, Lyons), a Chair for Animal Healing was established at the Faculty of Medicine in the town of Pest (now an area of the city of Budapest) to provide students of medicine and surgery with basic knowledge of animal diseases and their management, an integral part of a general practitioner's activity at that time. The rapid expansion of traditional horse and cattle breeding on the Hungarian plains called for adequate institutional development. Accordingly, in 1851, the Chair for Animal Healing became independent from the Medical Faculty as the Royal Institute of Veterinary Medicine. In 1899, its status was changed to that of a Royal College with the right to issue the D.V.M. diploma (Doctor Veterinariae Medicinae). As an independent College, this school earned an international reputation in the first half of the 20th century. In 1960, it obtained the status of an independent University.As a part of the countrywide reorganization of higher education in 2000, the University became the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Budapest, of the newly founded Szent István University. In summer 2016, our school regained its independence, thus the former name, University of Veterinary Medicine, applies. It is also a state university and the program has been continually supervised and accredited by the Hungarian Accreditation Board.International AccreditationIn 1995, the veterinary school was internationally accredited by the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (E.A.E.V.E.). The follow-up visit took place in 2004 with a positive outcome. The accreditation of the Budapest veterinary school was reinforced by the E.A.E.V.E. and the F.V.E. (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe).
The Accreditation Report concludes: The University of Veterinary Science can claim a proud position among its European counterparts. Its young graduates need not be afraid to compete with their European colleagues for their knowledge and practical skills. Hungary has been a full member of the European Union since 2004, which means acceptance of degrees within the EU and their equivalence with degrees from other EU-countries. The Budapest-diploma is accepted in addition to EU-countries in several others as well. After the completion of a board exam in Canada or the US, the graduates are entitled to a residency and to practice in North America.