Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience is your passport to a career working with animals. Not only will you develop an excellent foundation in science, this flexible degree will give you the freedom to tailor your studies to suit your interests within the field of animal science.

Over your four-year course, you will develop skills in applied animal health and disease; nutrition and feed technology; reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies; behaviour and welfare science; genetics and biotechnology. Because this course emphasises the practical and applied, you will be given lots of opportunity to get out in the real world to work with the animals you love.

While your first three years will see you based at our Camperdown campus, you’ll be able to use our large animal teaching and research facilities at the University's farms and Camden campus. And, you’ll do 60 days of professional development working with people in the industry. You can choose to work in businesses, rural properties, government departments, research and volunteer organisations both in Australia and overseas. Not only will this give you a taste of the many career options available, it will set you up with industry contacts that will prove invaluable in your future.

That’s why our graduates go on to pursue their passion of working with fauna by taking on jobs across a range of industries. Armed with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, you could be forging a career in pharmaceuticals, government services, zoos, artificial breeding, natural resource management, management of invasive animals, medical research, teaching at various levels in education, or working as an animal nutritionist—just for starters.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

The Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience is a flexible applied science course focusing on the specific field of animal science. Starting with a general science foundation, the four year course develops skills in applied animal health and disease; nutrition and feed technology; reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies; behaviour and welfare science; genetics and biotechnology. You will also undertake practical experience with relevant animal or animal-related enterprises throughout your degree and during university holidays as part of the compulsory professional development program. The course also includes a small-scale, supervised research project in an animal science area of your choice for students with sufficient academic achievement. The Faculty specialises in applied animal health and disease in wildlife, production and companion animals; conservation genetics; livestock production in the major and emerging animal industries; animal reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies (production animals and wildlife); animal behaviour and welfare science (particularly in production and companion animals); applied animal nutrition; and production animal genetics and breeding management.

SAMPLE STUDY PLAN

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
AGEN1001 Shaping our Landscapes AVBS1002 Concepts of Animal Management
BIOL1001 Concepts in Biology (or BIOL1901) BIOL1002 Living Systems (or BIOL1902)
CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A (or CHEM1001) CHEM1102 Chemistry 1B (or CHEM1002)
ENVX1002 Introduction to Statistical Models VETS1018 Animal Bioscience
24 credit points 24 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
ENVX2001 Applied Statistical Methods AGEC1006 Economic Environment of Agriculture
GENE2002 Veterinary and Agricultural Genetics 2 ANSC2005 Australia's Biodiversity in a Changing Environment
ANSC3103 Animal Structure and Function A ANSC3104 Animal Structure and Function B
VETS1032 Animal Engergetics and Homeostasis AVBS2001 Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis
24 credit points 24 credit points

The table below is the study plan for students choosing NOT to take a major. Electives in years 3 and 4 can count towards the following majors:

  • Animal Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Animal Health and Disease
  • Animal Production Systems
  • Wildlife Conservation and Management

Year 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
ANSC3102 Animal Reproduction ANSC3101 Animal Nutrition 3
ANSC3108 Animal Genetics and Genomics 1 AVBS3000 Professional Development
Vet Elective Vet Elective
Vet Elective Vet Elective
24 credit points 24 credit points

Meritorious students undertaking Honours complete the Research Project units in their fourth year.

Year 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
Elective Elective
Elective Elective
Elective or AVBS4015 Research Project A1 Elective or AVBS4015 Research Project A3
Elective or AVBS4015 Research Project A2 Elective or AVBS4015 Research Project A4
24 credit points 24 credit points

Further course information

Progression rules

(1) Candidates for the degree may enrol in the units of study prescribed for the fourth year of candidature only after completion of first year to third year.
(2) All candidates are required to undertake a minimum of 60 days of professional experience as a part of their overall training in this degree.

What is an elective?

An elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, or from other faculties within the university (subject to permission from the Faculty of Veterinary Science).

Course opportunities

Animal and Veterinary Bioscience students undertake a Professional Development program throughout the degree and in university vacations. The program comprises at least 60 days of practical, faculty-supported work experience with animal and animal-related enterprises, businesses, properties, government departments, research and volunteer organisations in both rural and urban Australia and overseas. You will find this program both challenging and rewarding, as you experience different animal science careers and make contacts that may assist you in your graduate career.

Overseas exchange may be undertaken during the third year of the course at an international institution offering an equivalent animal science degree.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience provides an excellent path to careers in the animal industries, agribusiness, government, research and education. Animal scientists can work with a wide range of animals, from production to companion animals, native and exotic wildlife. Animal scientists have proven to be highly employable across a broad range of disciplines, working in capital cities, rural areas, and overseas. For example: animal biosecurity and quarantine (eg AQIS); assisted reproductive technologies and IVF (animal and human); intensive and extensive animal production enterprises; regulatory, advisory and policy-making positions; laboratory and field research in animal science (native and exotic wildlife, production and companion animals); veterinary pathology, histology, immunology and diagnostics; overseas aid in animal welfare and production; companion animal, equine and production animal nutrition, feed technology, veterinary and feed supplements; aquaculture and fish health; animal genomics and the genetic basis of disease; molecular biology (animal and human); secondary and tertiary education; animal breeding management; quality assurance and safety of food and feed products; animal health (eg Livestock Health and Pest Authorities); the pharmaceutical industry (human and veterinary); biotechnology (animal and microbial); biomedical research; media and journalism; Government departments including rural extension officers. Graduate profiles can be viewed at http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/future_students/undergraduate/careers.shtml

Further study

Graduates seeking further academic studies in animal and veterinary bioscience are eligible to pursue a higher degree by research.

About honours

Honours in the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience is available to meritorious students who meet academic performance criteria during the final 3 years of the degree. Honours is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class according to the rules specified in the course resolutions.

Other study options

Students may undertake a limited number of cross-institutional study elective units during their third year with the approval of the faculty.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents), tertiary study or an approved preparation program. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for domestic mature aged applicants who do not possess a school leaving qualification, educationally disadvantaged applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking.

A limited number of applicants may be eligible for admission to the course under the Rural Entry Scheme http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/avb/rural.shtml

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates.

Current students applying to transfer from one bachelor degree to another, apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the transferring courses page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor degree must apply through UAC.

For other useful information, visit our How to Apply page.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics and Chemistry. Biology is recommended.

International students

How to apply

Visit the How to Apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

Student profiles