Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine provides you with both a scientific foundation and specialist clinical and medical experience. With its integrated approach designed for understanding real-world situations, the six-year course will turn you into a global professional at the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine.

This six year course with provide you with both a scientific foundation and specialist clinical and medical experience. In the first and second years of the degree, you will learn the fundamentals of biomedical and animal sciences that underpin veterinary sciences. The difference, though, is that this learning will be done in an integrated, cross-subject way that sets you up for understanding real-world situations.

From your third year of study we will immerse you in real-world medicine. We have a strong focus on clinical cases, applied problems, and practical experience means you will leave thoroughly prepared to launch straight into a career as vet. You’ll start training to be a professional by applying this knowledge in clinical settings, such as at our teaching hospitals located on campuses in Sydney and Camden. Your final, lecture-free year will be spent entirely doing clinical rotations through a variety of placements. These will give you a taste of the many career options available, including small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies, or more specialised options like equine and wildlife health.

Once you leave us, you’ll be a veterinary professional able to view issues from a population health framework, with a strong animal welfare consciousness, and the skills and confidence to be at the forefront of the industry.

Ancillary costs associated with the BVetBiol/DVM

Students will also be provided with an enrolment pack when commencing the DVM component (postgraduate) of the BVetBiol/DVM with a breakdown of associated costs which will be incurred over the course of the final four years of the BVetBiol/DVM. These costs are a guideline only and may vary. The costs are associated with equipment, clothing and footwear, travel and accommodation relating to placements, and incidentals. We recommend students budget for approximately $1,000 - $2,000AUD per annum although costs may be significantly higher during the final year of the BVetBiol/DVM depending on location and timing of clinical placements.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

Students in first, second and third year are given a sound grounding in the basic biomedical sciences relevant to veterinary science. Examples of clinical cases and actual problems in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning in many subject areas.

In the fourth, fifth and sixth years, emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. Sydney University's BVetBiol/DVM program incorporates a lecture-free year in which students are assigned as 'interns' in university and commercial partner practices.

SAMPLE STUDY PLAN

Students in first, second and third year are given a sound grounding in the basic biomedical sciences relevant to veterinary science. Examples of clinical cases and actual problems in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning in many subject areas.

Year 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
BIOL1001 Concepts in Biology BIOL1002 Living Systems
CHEM1101 Chemistry 1A CHEM1102 Chemistry 1B
ENVX1002 Introduction to Statistical Methods VETS1018 Animal Bioscience
Elective Elective

Year 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
ANSC3103 Animal Structure and Function A ANSC3101 Animal Nutrition
GENE2002 Veterinary and Agricultural Genetics 2 ANSC3104 Animal Structure and Function B
VETS1032 Animal Energetics and Homeostasis AVBS2001 Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis
Elective Elective

Year 3 (Year 1 of the DVM)

Semester 1 Semester 2
VETS6101 The Veterinary Professional 1 VETS6105 Animal Management Systems 1
VETS6102 Professional Skills 1A VETS6106 Professional Skills 1B
VETS6103 Research and Enquiry 1A VETS6107 Research and Enquiry 1B
VETS6104 Foundations of Veterinary Science A VETS6108 Foundations of Veterinary Science B

In the fourth, fifth and sixth years, emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. The University of Sydney BVetBiol/DVM program incorporates a lecture-free year in which students are assigned as 'interns' in university and commercial partner practices.

Year 4

  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Individual Animal Health and Welfare
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • Animal Disease
  • Research

Year 5

  • Intensive Animal Health and Reproduction
  • Large Animal Health and Production
  • Small Animal Health and Production
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Research

Year 6

  • Intramural Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Intramural Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Extramural Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Extramural Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Elective Rotations

Further course information

Course opportunities

During your lecture free final year program you will undertake clinical rotations through a variety of career option placements. As a student intern you will complete rotations at our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with our Partners in Veterinary Education. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations may be in a wide variety of areas and enable you to focus on particular career interests such as government, industry, research specialist practice, equine and wildlife.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The combined degree program, the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) produces graduates with the knowledge to enable them to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals.

Course accreditation

Graduates are immediately eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons' Board in each state and territory in Australia.
The course is also recognised internationally by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Further study

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

About honours

Honours in Veterinary Biology is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study, after the successful completion of year 3. Students must complete the requirements for the honours course full-time over two consecutive semesters. If the Faculty is satisfied that a student is unable to attempt the honours course on a full time basis and if the Dean so recommends, permission may be granted to undertake honours part-time over four consecutive semesters.

Students who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology may elect to enrol in the honours programme by suspending candidature from the Bachelor Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for one year after successful completion of year 3, with the permission of the Faculty or by undertaking the honours course after completion of both degrees in the combined programme.

Admission

Admission requirements

As an applicant for the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine you will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • ATAR or equivalent if you are a year 12 applicant or Grade Point Average (GPA) if you have completed a minimum of one-year full-time or equivalent study of an approved university degree at bachelor level
  • "Commitment to Veterinary Science": Commitment to veterinary science is to be detailed on the prescribed Faculty form which can be downloaded from the Faculty website

    Inherent requirements
    In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Faculty Handbook, you will be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this course. Please review the Inherent Requirements for Veterinary Medicine before completing your application.

    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

Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. 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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

Commonwealth Supported students enrolling in a double degree course, please note that student contribution amounts for the postgraduate degree are higher than the undergraduate degree. Some combined degree courses also have a price differentiation. When you are calculating the likely total cost of your course please carefully factor in this price differentiation.

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.

Double degrees (undergraduate to postgraduate) – price differentiation

The ESSENTIALS BOX lists two indicative tuition fee rates for double degrees that comprise an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate degree with a higher tuition fee rate for the postgraduate degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the undergraduate degree in 2017 as part of the double degree for Year 1. The fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the postgraduate degree in 2017 for Year 1. This fee will be subject to a number of annual reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence your study in the postgraduate degree. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

B Veterinary Biology/D Veterinary Medicine (combined degree)

The B Veterinary Biology/D Veterinary Medicine has a combination of undergraduate components (Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (Years 1 to 2)), and postgraduate components (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Years 3 to 6)). The ESSENTIALS BOX lists two indicative tuition fee rates for the combined degree. You will be paying higher tuition fees in Years 3 to 6 than in Years 1 and 2 of the combined degree. The first indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the combined degree in 2017 for Year 1. This fee is subject to annual increases for each year of your study. The second indicative tuition fee listed in the ESSENTIALS BOX is for students commencing the DVM in 2017 for Year 1. Your Year 3 commencing tuition fee for the DVM component, and the tuition fees each year thereafter in the combined degree, will be subject to a number of reviews and indexation before you may be eligible to commence. You will need to consult the faculty for up-to-date information about your tuition fees.

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.