Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine

The mission of the Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine  is to help students become veterinarians with creative minds and well-rounded characters who understand what is expected of veterinary medicine in society and have a scientific and analytic frame of mind. We also aim to cultivate students into veterinary experts who use sophisticated knowledge and technical skills in veterinary medicine to meet social needs in Japan and abroad. We offer small-group education programs so that students can acquire a broad range of professional knowledge and skills to deal with animal diseases.

In order to gain entry into a Doctoral Program, applicants must:
  • Hold a Masters degree or equivalent and have completed at least 18 years of education.


Find a Supervisor

Graduate and research students conduct research under the guidance of a supervisor. To enter Hokkaido University as a research or graduate student, you need to find a faculty member who is willing to give you instruction on your research. Find a prospective supervisor from our website:

Apply to the Graduate School

Check how to apply on the website of the graduate school you wish to enter.
Applicants must pay the examination fee at the time of application.

Take the entrance examination

Screening procedures for research students are conducted on the basis of documentation submitted whilst screening procedures for graduate level students differ between each school. Please check the website of the school you wish to enter. In the event that you are required to come to Japan for the entrance examination, you will need to obtain a temporary stay visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

Commence enrolment procedures

After passing the screening process, you will be required to submit necessary documentation, pay the entrance fee, and complete other necessary procedures to become enrolled. Once you are issued with a Letter of Acceptance from Hokkaido University, you can apply for a student visa at your local Japanese Embassy.

Tuition Fee ¥535,800 / $5,880 (per year)
Entrance Fee Examination Fee
Examination Fee ¥30,000 / $330

Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine


Semester Commencement April October April √ October √

Veterinary Medicine
Biomedical Sciences, Disease Control, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Environmental Veterinary Sciences, Applied Veterinary Sciences, Zoonosis Control

For more information, visit the Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine homepage.

Updated on   April 06, 2017