Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
You may choose to undertake the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies on-campus or in combination with distance units taught in interactive online classrooms. 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. If you're an international student in Australia on a student visa, please note that you are only able to undertake a maximum of 25% of your units in online study toward your degree. The Graduate Diploma is part of an embedded program in veterinary studies. Subject to meeting progression requirements, you may apply to transfer to the Master of Veterinary Studies.
Please note that supervised clinical units of study are only available to students employed by the University Teaching Hospital in residency or intern programs. Please check with administrative staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org before choosing your program.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- BETH5202 - Human and Animal Research Ethics
- BETH5203 - Ethics and Public Health
- VETS7004 - Veterinary Epidemiology I
- VETS7005 - Veterinary Epidemiology II
- VETS7008 - Hazards to Human and Animal Health
- VETS7009 - Animal Health Economics
- VETS7010 - Animal Health Policy Development
- VETS7011 - Data Analysis for Policy Making
- VETS7013 - Risk Analysis
- VETS7021 - Data Analysis for Epidemiology Research
- VETS7025 - Leadership,People and Organisations
- VETS7026 - Leadership: Managing Change
- VETS7027 - Project Management
- VETS7028 - Leadership Skills
- VETS7030 - Special Topics in Veterinary Public Hlth
- VETS8004 - Advanced Animal Genetics
- VETS8005 - Advanced Animal Biotechnology
- VETS8006 - Advanced Animal Nutrition
- VETS8008 - Advanced Animal Reproduction
- VETS8013 - Special Topics in Animal Science
- VETS8014 - Advanced Anatomy and Physiology A
- VETS8017 - Technologies of Animal Reproduction
- VETS8018 - Advanced Anatomy and Physiology B
- VETS8031 - Animal Health and Disease Advanced
- VETS8032 - Advanced Dairy Production & Technology
- VETS8034 - Food Safety Assessment and Management
- VETS8035 - Feed Technology
- VETS8039 - Aquatic Animal Health
- VETS8042 - Advanced Sheep and Beef Production
- VETS8043 - Advanced Pig and Poultry Production
- VETS8044 - Advanced Animal Behaviour & Welfare Sci
- VETS9003 - Special Topics in Veterinary Studies
- VETS9004 - Case Report in Veterinary Studies
- VETS9005 - Veterinary Internal Medicine 1
- VETS9006 - Veterinary Internal Medicine 2
- VETS9007 - Veterinary Surgery
- VETS9008 - Veterinary Anaesthesia
- VETS9009 - Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
- VETS9050 - Diagnostic Laboratory Techniques
- VETS9051 - Haematological and Biochemical Analysis
- VETS9052 - Necropsy and Surgical Pathology
- VETS9054 - Diagnostic Instrumentation Advanced
- VETS9055 - Clinical Pathology Interpretation Adv
- VETS9056 - Necropsy and Surgical Pathology Adv
- VETS9057 - Cytological Analysis Advanced
Further course information
A candidate for the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies can design a program of study that best suits their career goals. Students will select units totalling 36 credit points from all postgraduate units of study offered in the Faculty of 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 diploma level.
The Veterinary Studies postgraduate courses at the University of Sydney are designed to equip veterinary scientists with disciplinary knowledge and applied skills and techniques. Graduates select a program 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 (offered in the Faculty of Science) or Veterinary Public Health courses.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies will:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree, or higher award from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification, in veterinary science or animal science; or
(b) have completed the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate in this discipline from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification.
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 the Faculty of Veterinary Science before you apply.
How to apply
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.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies.
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 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.
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.