Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

About the stream

The Animal and Veterinary Bioscience Program provides students with fundamental and applied knowledge in animal bioscience.

Students will acquire a broad overview of both domestic animals and wildlife species and their environment, and an integrated comparative knowledge in fields such as applied biotechnologies, reproduction and nutrition. This will be supported by detailed knowledge of animal structure and function and a focus on application of innovative approaches and technologies to enhance animal management and welfare.

Students will also study animal behaviour and management systems that respect ethical and environmental concerns, and promote animal welfare. Graduates will acquire an industry-oriented science-based education which could lead to a career in a wide variety of veterinary and animal science industries.

The program is broader and more detailed than either the Animal Production major or the Animal Disease and Welfare majors, providing graduates with an all-inclusive appreciation of the multidisciplinary sciences involved in veterinary and allied animal science industries including companion and wildlife.

Requirements for completion

The Animal and Veterinary Bioscience stream is 120 credit points, consisting of:

(i) 6 credit points of 1000-level degree core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 2000-level degree core units
(iii) A 108 credit point program in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

A program in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience requires 108 credit points, consisting of:

(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 6 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iv) 24 credit points of 4000-level research units
(v) 12 credit points of 4000-level advanced coursework selective units
(vi) A 48 credit point major in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

A major in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience requires 48 credit points, consisting of:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 18 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 18 credit points of 3000-level core units, including 1 interdisciplinary unit and 1 project unit

First year

Core to major: CHEM1XX1, BIOL1XX7
Core to program: AVBS1002, AVBS1003
Core to stream: ENVX1002

Second year

Core to major: AVBS2002, AVBS2003, AVBS2004
Core to program: AVBS2005
Core to stream: ENVX2001

The second year of the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience stream provides students with an opportunity to understand how animals work, through studying anatomy and physiology in a comparative manner.

Students will couple this with an understanding of the molecular and cellular nature of biochemical processes in animals, and examine how we can feed animals to enable their optimal wellbeing in both a production and natural setting.

Students will also expand upon their understanding of statistical methodologies, exploring the application and use of statistical design and methods in both natural and experimental settings as a means of answering questions about animal populations, health and wellbeing through applied animal research.

Third year

Core to major: ANSC3102, ANSC3105, ANSC3106
Core to program: AVBS3000

Students undertaking the third year of the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience stream will explore and gain in-depth understanding of three key areas of applied animal science.

Fourth year

The fourth year is only offered within the combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies course.

Advanced coursework
The Bachelor of Advanced Studies advanced coursework option consists of 48 credit points, which must include a minimum of 24 credit points in the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience area at 4000-level, including a project unit of study worth at least 12 credit points. Space is provided for 12 credit points towards the second major (if not already completed). 24 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2020.

Requirements for Honours in the area of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience: completion of 24 credit points of project work and 12 credit points of coursework.

Contact and further information

T +61 2 9036 5417

School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Level 5, Carslaw Building (F07)
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Dr Gary Muscatello
Phone: +61 2 9114 0790

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Animal and Veterinary Bioscience will be able to:

  1. Understand the function of eukaryotic cells and an application of this knowledge in areas of diagnostics and screening for disease and traits in animals.
  2. Understand the socio-economic importance of animals in various natural and human-made environments.
  3. Work and handle animals in a safe manner to minimise risk and stress for both human and animal.
  4. Understand animal body systems in detail, specifically maintenance of homeostasis and the animals’ response to environmental factors and stressors.
  5. Gain a detailed understanding of animal nutrition, animal biotechnologies and animal reproduction.
  6. Have applied knowledge of animal behaviour, welfare and ethics in various animal-related industry and research scenarios.
  7. Have an appreciation for the practical concerns of animal welfare in society and have a working knowledge of the impact of the animals' environment on behaviour and welfare.