Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

La Trobe University

This degree offers you a strong scientific foundation to work with both domesticated and captive wild animals. Our subjects go beyond animal health to include ecology, genetics, biotechnology and animal physiology. You'll complete hands-on studies in animal and agricultural science, microbiology, zoology and metabolic biochemistry. This knowledge provides the basis for further research in the field and is a pathway to postgraduate study in veterinary science. You'll have access to La Trobe's wildlife sanctuary, made up of 30 hectares of bushland and home to protected fauna. This fully operating sanctuary offers workshops and seminars on topics such as wetlands ecology and the propagation of indigenous plants. First year will equip you with science foundations in biology and chemistry. Second year will see you tackle more animal-related subjects such as animal physiology, nutrition and molecular biology. In third year, you'll continue to deepen your knowledge on animal health, and work on real-life case studies where you'll act as advisers to industry reps on their animal or agricultural business. Between semesters you may take on paid work experience with any of La Trobe's industry partners, including government agencies, research houses and start-up ventures. Many students are able to find employment with these companies after graduation. If you choose to complete your first year at Albury-Wodonga, they will transfer to Melbourne for the rest of the degree.

Entry Requirements:

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; international students must meet the academic and English language requirements of this course. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Structure:

First-year subjects include animal science (including animal domestication, breeding, and welfare); the biology of cells, molecules and genes; evolution, ecology and diversity of organisms; and chemistry. Second and third-year subjects cover animal metabolism and nutrition, animal physiology; animal health; microbiology; and case studies in animal management. Students can take electives from agricultural science, zoology, microbiology, genetics and biochemistry.

Subjects you can Study:

Animal and Plant Biology; Animal Breeding; Animal Health; Biochemistry; Biology; Genetics; Microbiology; Molecular and Cell Biology; Nutrition and Feed Production; Plant and Animal Production; Zoology

Study Pathways:

This is a pathway for graduate entry veterinary science courses.

Recognition:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences may apply for membership with Ag Institute Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne 60 Yes Full time 3 years
Melbourne 60 Yes Part time 6 years
Albury-Wodonga 66.3 No Full time 3 years
Albury-Wodonga 66.3 No Part time 6 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

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