Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies

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

The Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies offers peerless flexibility for the animal and veterinary sciences student who knows what they want. The program’s build-your-own-degree structure allows you to tailor-make your course by mixing and matching subjects offered in postgraduate programs both within Veterinary Science and from related programs in other faculties.

Maybe you want to sharpen your skill set in a specific area of veterinary studies. Maybe you want to boost your job prospects in a particular field. Or maybe you need specific training for registration as a specialist. With the half-year Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies, you will acquire knowledge, applied skills and techniques in a way that best meets your personal career goals in veterinary science.

You will also be part of an internationally recognised leader in veterinary education with world-class clinics in urban and rural environments. Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and ninth in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject (2016).

The Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies can be completed on-campus or in combination with distance units taught in interactive online classrooms. Once you’ve finished, you can continue on with the Graduate Diploma or Master of Veterinary Studies. Some units of study are offered face to face, in classroom, tutorial, and laboratory format, and some are supervised, practical units of study for which you must arrange supervision prior to enrolment. This is not, however, designed to be a fully distance program.

Please note that supervised clinical units of study are only available to students employed by the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in residency or intern programs. Please check with administrative staff by emailing before choosing your program.

Course outline

Unit of study information on faculty page

Study plan

A candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies can design a program of study that best suits their career goals. Students will select units totalling 24 credit points from all postgraduate units of study offered in Veterinary Science, subject to the availability of supervisors in some areas or the meeting of pre-requisites. Intending applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the faculty and discuss study options. International students who are based in Australia on a student visa are only permitted to take 25% credit points of online study in their degree program. Research units of study are available at the Graduate Certificate level.

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

The Veterinary Studies postgraduate courses at the University of Sydney are designed to equip veterinary scientists with disciplinary knowledge and applied skills and techniques. Students select units of study to best suit their individual career and/or research goals and this will lead to career opportunities in the area of study selected. Please refer to the graduate opportunities for the Animal Science, Wildlife and Population Management or Veterinary Public Health courses.


Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Studies will hold a bachelor’s degree or higher award from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science or animal science. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the faculty, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
All applicants must submit a statement regarding their intended study path and career plans with their application after consulting with academic supervisors.
The course will have variable assumed knowledge, depending on your subject selection. Please discuss your options with staff in Veterinary Science before you apply.

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 Handbooks Online 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

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty. On-time applications for the March Semester close on 31 January. On-time applications for the July Semester close on 30 June. Late applications will be accepted, but priority is given to those who submit before the application deadline.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only 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.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

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

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at:

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.