Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

La Trobe University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00115M

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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Standard 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.


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.

Study pathways

This is a pathway for graduate entry veterinary science courses.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Albury-Wodonga No
Melbourne International: $113,400
  • ATAR: 60.75
  • Full-time : 3 years
  • Part-time : 6 years

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