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 Faculty of Veterinary Science is proud of their innovative curriculum designed to create global professionals at the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine: the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of 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.

In years three to six 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.

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

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 (Year 1 of the DVM)

  • 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

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

  • "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 http://www.sydney.edu.au/vetscience/bvetbiol-dvm/entry.shtml

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Refer to the UAC website. http://www.uac.edu.au/

Assumed knowledge

Chemisty, mathematics and physics. Biology is recommended.

International students

How to apply

Direct Applicants: Semester 1 - 31 January of the same year.
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate Scholarship deadlines apply. Please check the relevant website for details.
UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website for details. http://www.uac.edu.au/

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.