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 (BVetBiol/DVM) is an exciting, new and innovative six year combined degree course providing the knowledge, practical and generic skills to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals.

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.

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

All domestic applicants (year 12 and non-recent school leavers) must lodge an application for admission via the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) in addition to the entry criteria outlined below. 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
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): The Multiple Choice version of the STAT which is administered by the Universities Admissions Centre. All details regarding the STAT are available from the UAC website.
“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 sydney.edu.au/vetscience

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications for the University's undergraduate courses are made though the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

Assumed knowledge

Chemisty, mathematics and physics. Biology is recommended.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply: (i) directly to the University's International Office, (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent), or (iii) through the Universities Admissions Centre, for students applying on the basis of a current Australian Year 12 secondary school examination, or studying either an International Baccalaureate in Australia or a New Zealand Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2014 your student contribution may differ.

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

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

International students

Indicative international tuition fees for undergraduate students

This international tuition fee is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact tuition fees that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol.

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

Annual review

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

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

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.

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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.