Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Sydney

This program produces graduates with the knowledge, practical and generic skills to enable them to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals. In the first two years of this double degree students study the fundamental biomedical and animal sciences that underpin veterinary science. Examples of real problems and clinical cases in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning across subject areas. In the final four years the emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. Students should be aware that some aspects of training involve exposure to hazards similar to those encountered in practice.

Course Fee:

International: $297,000

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 HSC or equivalent; selection via ATAR; Assumed knowledge: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry; study in Biology is recommended. From 2019, this course will require a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4 or higher). Year 12 applicants will be considered for selection based on their ATAR and their statement of commitment to Veterinary Science. Non-Year 12 applicants who have completed a minimum of one year's full-time university study (or equivalent to 48 credit points) will be considered for selection on their grade point average and their commitment to Veterinary Science as detailed on the prescribed form.


Years 1 to 3: subjects such as Physiology, Anatomy, Genetics, Nutrition, Reproduction and Cell Biology are taught along with units of Professional Practice. Year 4 focuses on clinical practice and Year 5 is lecture-free where students gain clinical experience in vet practices. Years 1 to 3 are required to gain practical experience in animal husbandry during semester breaks.

Subjects you can Study:

Veterinary science; Animal behaviour and welfare science; Animal diseases and pathobiology; Animal husbandry; Cell biology; Clinical and professional practice; Pharmacology; Veterinary anatomy and physiology; Veterinary conservation biology; Veterinary medicine; Veterinary public health; Veterinary surgery

Further information:

Practical experience: Students undertake practical, preclinical (animal husbandry) and preparatory clinical (veterinary practice) placements, as well as a placement at an abattoir. The final year of the combined degree is a lecture-free year in which students will be assigned as an intern in university and commercial partner practices. Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 weeks of clinical rotations. Additional costs, including travel, are the student's responsibility. Career opportunities: Examples include veterinarian in diagnostic and research laboratories and in private practice, biologist, infectious disease controller, wildlife conservation practice, zoo veterinarian.


Graduates of accredited programs are immediately eligible for registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in each state and territory in Australia. They are recognised internationally by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK).

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