The Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, Israel’s only veterinary school, was founded in 1985. It was established by Prof. Kalman Perk. The school is part of the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since its foundation, it has become a viable and dynamic school, offering a four year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program. The Koret School is located both on the campus of the Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot and at the Veterinary Teaching University Hospital campus in Rison Le Zion.
The goals of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine are to educate and train highly qualified veterinary students, with special emphasis on the specific needs of Israel, so that they will be able to meet the present and future challenges of the veterinary profession. The Koret School also offers post-graduate and continuing education programs for local and new immigrant veterinarians. In addition, research in basic sciences and clinical veterinary medicine is conducted. The Koret School has a special responsibility to provide professional practical, ethical and educational support. Now, more than ever, as veterinarians are called upon to manage many health and environmental problems in underdeveloped countries, the Koret School is committed to serving as the country’s major referral center for veterinarians and to maintaining a center of unique excellence in veterinary medicine in the Middle East.
Graduates of the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine go on to practice veterinary medicine and care for pet animals, livestock, horses and poultry. Other occupations open to Koret School graduates include veterinary research, the provision of regulatory veterinary services, food and hygiene inspection and regulation in municipalities and food production, veterinary services for the police and army, promotion of animal welfare, and veterinary care and management of wildlife.