Department of Surgery and Ophtalmology

University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest


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  • 1. General information
    2. Downloadable materials

    3. Timetable of surgery courses
    4. Educational and Examination Requirements
    5. Exam dates
    6. Exam results
    7. Recommended textbooks


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1. General information

>>Student handout

Short History of the Department

Department of Veterinary Medicine was funded in 1786 as part of the University of Pest established by King Josef II, which institution already dealt actively with the education of surgery. Students for human medicine of the University compulsorily studied surgical aethiology and operative surgery accompanied by subject of veterinary medicine performed by S. Tolnay on the basis of surgical textbook edited by Prof. Wolstein from Vienna (1785). At that time veterinary surgery remained at„second level" behind the human medicine. Remarkable progress in the education of veterinarysurgery was achieved under V. Zlamal (1803-1886) recognising the impotance of surgery as an independent subject completing it with other related disciplines. The first teacher of surgery was F.Varga, a medical doctor, who was an assistant of Prof. Balassa, the founder of hungarian operative surgery. In 1870 the „Special Surgical and Operative Department" was established and moved into present-day buildings in Rottenbiller street. B. Plósz, at the time of his heading, completely recontructed and reorganised the department, indroduced conditions of surgical asepsis and operative surgery. He was outstanding in orthopaedics and abdominal surgery of the horse. Following head of the department, M. Berrár (1884-1929) was an internationally accepted expert of veterinary surgery and ophthalmology. Radiological unit was established by E.Gy. Guoth after 1929. Gy. Kómár, then A.B. Kovács took part in the foundation of hoof and abdominal surgery of the horse and cattle. L. Tamás headed the department between 1981 and 1989 contributing to the progress of equine surgery followed by J. Tóth, the major renewer and reconstructor of the department developing the institution onto a reasonable European level both in large and small animal surgery with regard to both instrumentation and special work. After years under supervision by Prof. Tamás and Ferenc Felkai as curators, Tibor Németh has been the Assoc. Professor and Head of Surgery since 2005.

Changes in education from 2020

From spring of 2020 the subjects of Surgery I. (Radiology, Anesthesiology) are educated in the  framework of Small Animal Medicine I. subject, which is coordinated by the Internal Medicine Department. Further information is available here.

10th semester:

- Ophthalmology (Dr. Szentgáli - Dr. Makra)

Short description of subjects

General Surgery:

- Animal handling

- Surgical basic and supplementary diagnostics

- Classification, forms and treatments of wounds

- Shock

- Anti-inflammatory agents, antibiotics

Soft Tissue Surgery:

- General operative surgery

- Surgery of the head and neck

- Surgery of the upper airways and thorax

- Surgery of hernias

- Abdominal surgery

Orthopedics and Neurology:

- Surgical diseases of the bones and joints

- Diseases of tendons, tendon sheaths and bursae

- Lameness diagnostics in large and small animals

- Limb diseases in the horse

- Limb diseases of the cattle and sheep

- Principles in bone and joint surgery

- Principles of veterinary neurology (diseases of the spine, diagnostics, therapy)


- Ophthalmologic basic and supplementary examinations

- Anatomy and physiology of the eye

- Congenital and acquired ophthalmologic conditions in large and small animals


Elective courses:

Specific operative procedures in small animal soft tissue surgery (Prof. Németh T.)  Program


2. Downloadable material

The updated material of the lectures can be downloaded from HERE. Older versions are available from the left menu window.

3. Timetable of surgery courses, 2020 autumn

>> General info SAM II 2020

>> SAM II. -Lectures

>> SAM II. - Surgery Practicals

>> SAM II. - Internal Med Practicals

>> Ophthalmology 2020

4. Educational and Examination Requirements

Attendance the lectures is compulsory, the examinations are based on the topics mentioned. The attendance each practical, as well as maximum 2 unsuccessful written entrance tests per semester at large animal practicals, are the conditions of obtaining the semester certification signature. White coat and stetoscope are necessary for practicals.
The written Final examination of surgery is being held at the end of the 8th semester. The written Semi-final examination of ophthalmology is at the end of the 10th semester
Any further detailed and actual information is found on the department's website and the information board at the entrance of the Surgery Lecture Hall. The students are kindly asked to follow these information regularly. Making appointment at the surgery secreteriat is possible on personal or objective purpose.


>>Topic list for the ophthalmology exam

>> Ophthalmology, Curriculum of Subject

>> Surgery, Curriculum of Subjetc

5. Exam dates

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6. Exam results

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7. Recommended textbooks


AUER&SICK: Equine Surgery 4th Ed. St. Louis: Elsevier-Saunders, 2012.

BAXTER: Adams and Stashak's Lameness in Horses 6th Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

BRINKER, PIERMATTEI and FLO: Handbook of Small Animal Orthopedics and Fracture Repair 4th edition Saunders Elsevier 2006

BUTLER DYSON, POULUS ET AL.: Clinical Radiology of the Horse 3rd Ed. Oxford: Wiley, John&Sons, 2008.

DENOIX: The Equine Distal Limb. London: Manson Publishing, 2005.

DIK&GUNSSER: Atlas of Diagnostic Radiology of the Horse 2nd Ed. Hannover: Schlütersche, 2002.

FOSSUM, T.W.: Small Animal Surgery, 4th Edition, Elsevier 2012.

FUBINI&DUCHARME: Farm Animal Surgery, Saunders, 2004.

GAYNOR J.S., MUIR W.W.: Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management, 2nd ed, Mosby 2008

LAVIN, L.M.: Radiography in Veterinary Technology 3rd ed., 2002., Saunders

PIERMATTEI D., JOHNSON A.K. An atlas of surgical approaches to the bones and joints of the dog and cat. 4th edition Saunders 2004

REEF: Equine Diagnostic Ultrasound. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1998.

ROSS&DYSON: Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse 2nd ed. Saunders, 2011.

SALLY M. TURNER: Small Animal Ophtalmology, Saunders, Elsevier 2008.

SEYMOUR C., DUKE-NOVAKOVSKI T.: BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Anaesthesia and Analgesia 2nd ed., 2007.

SLATTER, D.H.: Fundamentals of veterinary ophthalmology. Philadelphia, Saunders, 4th. edition, 2002.

SLOVIS: Atlas of Equine Endoscopy. Mosby, 2003.

STASHAK&THEORET: Equine Wound Management 2nd Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

STASHAK, T. S.: Adams' lameness in horses. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger,  2002.

THRALL, D.E.: Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology. 7th ed London: W.B. Saunders, 2017.

TOBIAS, K.M.-JOHNSTON, S.A.: Veterinary Surgery – Small animal. 1st ed. Elsevier 2012.

TRANQUILLI W. J., THURMON J. C., GRIMM K. A.: Lumb & Jones' Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia 4th ed., 2007.