Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program)

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

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) degree at the University of Sydney is designed to equip veterinarians with disciplinary knowledge and applied skills and techniques. Graduates undertake a program to best suit their individual career goals and this will lead to career opportunities in the area of study selected.

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) is the coursework component of the combined MVetStud/MVetClinStud degree, which forms the clinical residency program at the Faculty of Veterinary Science.

This degree is part of a combined degree program and can only be undertaken in combination with the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies research degree. Further information about this degree is at this link below.

Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies

These two degrees are undertaken part-time and simultaneously, forming a full-time candidature. Places in this program are only available to postgraduate students who have been offered a place in one of the designated clinical streams after a vacancy has been advertised.

Course outline

Unit of Study information on faculty page

Study plan

A candidate for the Master of Veterinary Studies will satisfactorily complete units of study granting 48 credit points in supervised elective units of study. They will be enrolled in a stream from the list below:

(a) Canine Medicine

(b) Equine Medicine

(c) Equine Surgery

(d) Feline Medicine

(e) Ruminant Medicine

(f) Small Animal Cardiology

(g) Small Animal Surgery

(h) Small Animal Medicine

(i) Veterinary Anaesthesia

(j) Veterinary Dermatology

(k) Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging

(l) Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care

(m) Veterinary Pathology

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Faculty of Veterinary Science's combined MVetStud/MVetClinStud degree offers practical advanced clinical training in selected disciplines for veterinarians who want to enhance their clinical skills and/or seek to become veterinary specialists.

This combined program is aligned to assist candidates to obtain credentials required to be considered eligible by Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVSc) to sit Fellowship examinations. Many of these credentials also fulfill the requirements of the equivalent European or American Diplomate/Specialist requirements in some fields.

Further study

Students undertaking this combined degree can progress to candidature in a Doctor of Philosophy.


Admission requirements

Places in this program will be advertised when available and candidates will be selected through application and interview only.

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on academic merit and relevant professional experience, according to the following admissions criteria:

- Applicants must be an Australian (or New Zealand citizen) or have permanent residency status.

- Applicants must have a BVSc Honours degree, or equivalent.

- Applicants must have full registration (or be eligible for full registration) with the NSW Veterinary Practitioners Board.

Applicants must have a minimum experience of a one year rotating internship or equivalent practice experience.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

When clinical residency positions are advertised the only method of application is through completion of the application form as found on the website and submission of this form with the appropriate documents, electronically only, to by the advertised close off date for the residency.

International students

How to apply

When a residency is advertised, international applicants should contact the administrative staff at before making any application as the conditions of these residencies make them essentially only suitable for Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2016, 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 2015 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.