Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

 

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine


These resolutions must be read in conjunction with the applicable University By Laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014 ('the Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2015, the Resolutions of the Faculty of Science, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended), the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register: http://sydney.edu.au/policies.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

BPVBLVMD-01

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

BHVETBIO-01 Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (Honours)

 

2 Attendance pattern

1.
The attendance pattern for Year 1 and Year 2 of the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology is full time or part-time according to candidate choice.
2.
The attendance pattern for Year 3 to Year 6 is full-time only.

3 Admission to candidature

(1)
Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) and tertiary study. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants, rural applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule. In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to submit a Commitment to Veterinary Science Form. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in the Table of units of study for the Bachelor Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
(2)
To qualify for the award of both degrees, a candidate must successfully complete 288 credit points comprising:
(a)
96 credit points from the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology unit of study Table for Years 1 and 2,
(b)
48 credit points from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine unit of study Table for Year 1 that contributes to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology degree; students may exit at this point with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology degree, and
(c)
144 credit points from the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine unit of study Table for Years 2, 3 and 4.
(3)
the prescribed extramural placements as outlined in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine resolutions

5 Degree Type

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in these resolutions is an accredited professional doctorate degree, as defined by the Coursework Rule.

6 Progression rules

Progression to Year 3 of the course is based on successful completion of Year 1 and Year 2 of the course and academic merit in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
(1)
All students who have successfully completed Year 1 and Year 2 with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65.0 or greater at the end of Year 2 will be eligible for progression to Year 3.
(2)
Students who have successfully completed Year 1 and Year 2 with a Year 1 plus Year 2 WAM of less than 65.0 will not be eligible for entry into Year 3 of the course.
(3)
Students who commenced after 1 January 2020 and who fail to achieve progression into Year 3 of the combined course will not continue in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and can apply to enrol into the Bachelor of Science (no stream), or the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (AVBS stream) with credit for the units of study completed.
(4)
Students for the course may enrol in the units of study prescribed for Year 4 of candidature only after successful completion of Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3.
(5)
Students for the course may enrol in the units of study prescribed for Year 5 of candidature only after successful completion of Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4
(6)
Students for the course may enrol in the units of study prescribed for Year 6 of candidature only after successful completion of Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5.

7 Requirements for the Honours degree

(1)
Honours in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study, after the successful completion of Year 3. Students must complete the requirements for the honours course full-time over two consecutive semesters. If the Faculty is satisfied that a student is unable to attempt the honours course on a full time basis and if the Dean so recommends, permission may be granted to undertake honours part-time over four consecutive semesters.
(2)
Admission to the honours programme requires a Year 2 plus Year 3 WAM of at least 65.0.
(3)
Students who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology may elect to enrol in the honours programme:
(a)
at any stage after successful completion of Year 3, with the permission of the Faculty, by:
(i)
suspending candidature from the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for one year;
(ii)
transferring to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (Honours);
(iii)
enrolling and completing the units of study for the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology Honours;
(iv)
returning to complete the combined course; or
(b)
by undertaking the honours course after completion of both courses in the combined course.

8 Award of the degree

(1)
The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is awarded as either Pass or Honours. The honours degree, Bachelor of Veterinary Biology Honours/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Third Class.
(2)
The grade of honours and the honours mark are determined by performance in the honours course.
(3)
Honours is awarded according to the Coursework Policy 2014.
Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, and who have not already graduated, will be awarded the pass degree.

9 Course transfer

A candidate may abandon the combined programme and elect to complete a Bachelor of Science (no stream), or the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (AVBS stream) in accordance with the resolutions governing that degree. Candidates who discontinue after Year 3 without completing the combined course, but have satisfactorily completed 144 credit points including all requirements for Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 may exit with the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology. Completion of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the future will require a new application for admission to that course and completion in accordance with the resolutions governing that course.

10 Reassessment

Students enrolled in a postgraduate unit of study prescribed for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 of candidature of the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, who fail one unit of study only within a semester may be offered the opportunity for re-assessment for the failed unit of study.
(a)
The scope of the re-assessment will encompass all topics and learning outcomes within the unit of study. The  re-assessment type may differ from those used in the original delivery of the unit.
(b)
Re-assessment will only be offered to eligible students on the dates prescribed in the year schedule, and it is the student's responsibility to be available to attend at these times.
(c)
The maximum mark awarded for a unit of study in these circumstances will be Pass (50 - PS for units of study with Mark and Grade assessment type or SR for units of study with Grade only (Pass/Fail) assessment type).
(d)
Students who have been awarded an Absent Fail grade for a unit of study will not be eligible for re-assessment for that unit of study.

11 Credit for previous study

Credit may be granted for units in Year 1 and Year 2 with the approval of the Associate Dean and in accordance with the University Coursework Policy 2014.

12 Transitional Provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2020 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2020 who elect to proceed under these resolutions. Students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2020 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement.