Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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

Commencing in 2015, the Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is an innovative new graduate entry program for students wishing to qualify as a registered veterinary practitioner. Our program is internationally recognised and accredited, so our graduates can work around the world with confidence that they have completed a rigorous and internationally scrutinised veterinary program.


Teaching is research-driven to ensure you will learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary medical research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health. Our new integrated curriculum provides you with clinical exposure, clinical and professional skills training and animal handling from your first semester. Your studies will take place in the one health framework, ensuring you understand the critical role of the veterinary professional in animal, human and ecosystem health at local, national and global levels. The program culminates in a capstone experience year where you will be placed as an intern in veterinary clinics of all varieties and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the University teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.


Please note that places in this course are limited and subject to strict enrolment quotas. Both CSP and Fee-paying places are available for Domestic applicants. Visit the DVM website for more detailed information about this course and for answers to frequently asked questions.

Course outline

DVM Course Structure

Study plan


To qualify for the award of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, you must complete a total of 192 credit points of core units of study and the prescribed extramural placements, including 6 weeks of preparatory clinical placements and 12 weeks of farm placements. The DVM is undertaken full-time over four years with a fully integrated learning program.


During the first 3 years, students participate in a mixture of small group, case-based tutorials, laboratory and practical classes. Clinical skills and animal handling training commence during the first semester of the DVM curriculum and continue throughout the first three years. To consolidate this training, and acquire an appreciation of the working of animal enterprises, students also undertake animal husbandry (farm) placements during University vacations. Clinical contact commences during first semester of the DVM and continues throughout the course, culminating in the final year capstone experience. During fourth year, students complete a series of rotations as veterinary student interns in our Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with our Partners in Veterinary Education off-campus.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates for the degree must complete all units of study designated for each year of enrolment before proceeding to units designated for the subsequent year of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Completing a DVM at Sydney opens up many career opportunities. Graduates of our program can go on to work in both rural and urban areas, in Australia and around the world. The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine will equip you to become a veterinary medical professional in the global community and you can choose from a wide range of exciting fields including:
• Private veterinary practice in livestock, equine, small animal or mixed practices;


• Corporate Veterinary medicine including the pharmaceutical industry or corporations that produce animal-related products;


• Private or Public Animal welfare agencies ensuring health and wellbeing of animals;


• Government agencies and departments working on research, biosecurity, public health, public policy, infectious disease units, food safety;


• Agricultural industries, animal health, inspection, environmental quality;


• Education sector, research or teaching;


• International animal health and welfare and food production;


• Diagnostic services;


• Veterinary public health

Course accreditation

The Faculty holds and maintains continuous accreditation through the transition to a new veterinary program. Graduates of accredited programs 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 the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students graduating from an AVMA accredited School have their degree recognised in North America and are entitled to sit the US National Veterinary Licensing Examinations.



In order to maintain international accreditation, we must constantly monitor, critically evaluate and improve the quality of the DVM curriculum, both in learning and assessment methods and graduate outcomes. This means our program meets the highest international standards and is constantly being reviewed and improved. Graduates of the Sydney veterinary program can go on to work internationally with confidence that they have completed a rigorous and internationally scrutinised course.

Further study

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

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is based on the following criteria:


1. Grade Point Average (GPA) from a completed Bachelor's degree, minimum credit average required*


2. Successful completion of pre-requisite units


3. Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Admission Statement including relevant work experience and animal handling experience, using the prescribed form


4. Shortlisted domestic applicants may be required to attend an in-person interview to satisfy the Dean of his/her suitability for the practice of Veterinary Medicine. Interviews will be held for domestic applicants only in 2014, during late September. There are no interviews for international applicants in 2014


5. Have met the University’s English language requirements



*These are the minimum admission requirements for the DVM. As entry to this course is highly competitive, students who meet the minimum requirements are then ranked according to academic performance and admission statement.



Please download the DVM admission guide and supplementary application form from the DVM website for further information.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications open on Wednesday 9th July 2014. Please register your details to be notified by email when this degree is open for applications.


Applications for the DVM must be lodged online using the "Apply Now" link on this page. Before applying, please check the entry requirements and download the 2015 DVM Student Admission Guide and 2015 DVM supplementary Application Form from the DVM website

International students

How to apply

Applications open on Wednesday 9th July 2014. Please register your details to be notified by email when this degree is open for applications.


Applications for the DVM must be lodged online using the "Apply Now" link on this page. Before applying, please check the entry requirements and download the 2015 DVM Student Admission Guide and 2015 DVM supplementary Application Form from the DVM website

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

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

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. 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 in this prospectus, 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.

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

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

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. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

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.