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.