Welcome from the Dean

Dean of Veterinary Science, Professor Rosanne Taylor

Welcome to the Faculty of Veterinary Science. As a high achiever, you have made an excellent choice to study at Sydney University. Your education will be transformative. We are committed to helping you realise your dreams of contributing to society as a veterinarian or animal scientist. The faculty’s distinctive, internationally accredited programs will set you apart, equipped with the latest scientific knowledge, professional skills and well-practised expertise needed for career success. Learning from our prize-winning teachers and research leaders, alongside some of Australia’s best students is just part of what makes Sydney special.

Our alumni network, farm placements and veterinary partners offer unique professional learning opportunities matching student interests and provide mentoring and encouragement. Participating in this rich and varied learning and co-curricular experience, you’ll find your passion, you’ll make great friends and form a network of colleagues for life.

At the University of Sydney students benefit from the highest international standards of education in veterinary and animal science. Our excellence stems from a passionate commitment to the health, wellbeing and productivity of animals and recognises the vital roles animals play in our lives. The remarkable achievements of Faculty of Veterinary Science graduates who have made their mark in Australia and around the world, in veterinary practice, public service, animal and biomedical research, academia and the media provide the best advertisement for our programs. Take up the challenge to develop your leadership skills through academic and co-curricular activities such as our SOLE welcome program, and social, sport and cultural activities. We welcome your contributions as a student and an active alumnus.

Sydney University was founded in 1850, and maintains a proud tradition of excellence, leadership and contribution to our community. Our faculty’s mix of heritage and new buildings on our Camperdown Campus and our rural campus at Camden speak to our history and provide cutting-edge facilities for teaching, research and clinical practice (be sure to visit our heritage-listed Roundhouse). We are preparing for the future, producing graduates equipped to tackle the “wicked” social challenges of food security, biosecurity, conservation management, health and welfare of animals.

There are real benefits to be gained from learning from active researchers and teachers. Students participate in a broad range of research placements and projects, a vital part of the distinctive Sydney experience. Internationally acclaimed faculty research programs in animal health, production and welfare are creating solutions and rapidly advancing the creation and dissemination of knowledge.

Our veterinary teaching hospitals provide world-class clinical services using the latest in technology for the care of small animals, wildlife, livestock and horses, and are the site for training the next generation of veterinary practitioners and specialists. Your animals are always welcome in our general practice, specialty and ambulatory services, after-hours emergency service and wildlife hospitals.

Be prepared to contribute your ideas and feedback as we strive to be our best. Our members of staff are committed to creating innovative, effective learning experiences which incorporate global perspectives. They provide support and guidance with learning and the challenges of student life. The Sub-Deans, your unit of study and year coordinators, the Faculty Manager and the supportive staff in the faculty office, will help direct you with caring advice and support.

Graduates are entering the profession at an exciting time. Most veterinarians start their careers in clinical practice; and their broad knowledge and skills open up a wide range of careers in public practice, animal industries, food production, laboratory animal medicine and research.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience enjoy excellent employment rates and starting salaries, contributing in a diverse range of animal industries, reproductive technology, biomedical research, genetics and nutrition. A commitment to lifelong learning and critical inquiry are distinctive features of Sydney graduates that stem from our passion for research and self-improvement.

Once again, we are very pleased to have you with us, as part of our faculty 'family'. We are here to help you as you take the first steps on your journey to becoming a professional. You are a colleague, now working with us on a noble and rewarding mission: the care, management and welfare of animals.

Professor Rosanne Taylor