Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (BAnVetBioSc) - Graduate Attributes

1. Research & Inquiry

Graduates of BAnVetBioSc will be able to create new knowledge and understanding through the process of research and inquiry.

  • Identify, define and analyse problems that impact on animals using evidence-based scientific principles and practices.
  • Exercise critical thinking to analyse, evaluate and apply existing information or knowledge, and to synthesise new knowledge within the field of animal science with an awareness of the provisional and constantly developing nature of scientific knowledge.
  • Graduates shall be able to effectively apply an advanced understanding of the structure and function, diseases, genetics, nutrition, biotechnology, conservation biology, behaviour and welfare of animals to their management in an agricultural, para-veterinary, laboratory or wildlife context.
  • Engage in research in a scientifically rigorous manner with regard to experimental design, technical limitations and statistical analysis of results to further expand the body of knowledge in their field of interest.
  • Maintain the integrity and confidentiality of intellectual property used in and arising from research-based practice.
  • Have an understanding of the diverse roles that animals play within society and the critical role of animal production in the economic well being of Australia.
  • Apply an ethical approach to research on animals or their products, with due regard to the relevant legislation and codes of conduct.
  • Be capable of recognising limitations in their knowledge and have the integrity to seek consultation and the inspiration to engage in lifelong learning to remain current in their understanding of the field of animal and veterinary biosciences.
2. Information Literacy

Graduates of BAnVetBioSc will be able to use information/knowledge effectively in a range of contexts.

  • Recognise the need for information and appreciate the range of different media in which information and knowledge can be stored, and be proficient in the use of this media.
  • Efficiently and effectively retrieve information in a variety of formats from a range of high quality sources (including print, scientific journals, internet, field trials and discussions).
  • Interpret and critically evaluate scientific material or information and its sources, with an understanding of existing concepts and principles.
  • Assimilate and manage information collected from within and across disciplines and use it in decision-making or to inform an argument, to construct new concepts or create new understandings.
  • Acknowledge the legal, professional, social, cultural and economic contexts surrounding the use of information.
  • Investigate emerging information and technology and its possible uses or adoption.
3. Personal & Intellectual Autonomy

Graduates of BAnVetBioSc will have the ability to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges.

  • Make independent, informed decisions based on best available evidence, implement them to ensure the welfare and management of animals, and accept full responsibility for these decisions.
  • Be able to address new challenges with vigorous and critical thinking, based on best available evidence, bringing in novel ideas and methods.
  • Demonstrate tolerance for conflicting ideas and an openness and flexibility to accept and embrace change.
  • Be able to set achievable and realistic goals, maintain self-motivation and monitor and evaluate progress towards these goals, in both personal and professional life.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own abilities and achievements, identify deficiencies in their skills and knowledge and have the skills, intellectual curiosity and commitment to seek life long learning experiences for professional development.
4. Ethical, Social & Professional Understanding

Graduates of BAnVetBioSc will hold personal beliefs and values consistent with their role as responsible members of local, national, international and professional communities.

  • Uphold the values of truth, honesty, integrity, open mindedness and fairness and display a deep respect for others in all aspects of personal and professional life.
  • Apply the principles of animal welfare to the humane management of animals.
  • Advise on the safe production of animal products for human consumption including correct preparation, handling and storage of products, applying quality assurance processes to ensure product quality and animal welfare.
  • Provide competent advice in animal health management and recognise when an appropriate professional should be consulted regarding specialist animal problems.
  • Ensure the sustainability of animal industries and the natural environment through practice that considers the economic, social and ecological needs of the Australian environment, livestock industries and society.
  • Acknowledge and consider the diversity of views on controversial issues such as animal biotechnology and welfare in local, national and international contexts and make decisions informed by community and professional perspectives.
  • Work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds as a member, facilitator or leader of a team.
5. Communication

Graduates of BAnVetBioSc will use and value communication as a tool for negotiating and creating new understanding, interacting with others and furthering their own learning.

  • Comprehend oral, written and visual communication and its role in the creation of learning communities and communication of understanding.
  • Communicate confidently and effectively in English, both orally and in writing to a professional standard for the discipline.
  • Have the ability to prepare printed material suitable for publication in the scientific literature, reports to government and industry groups and information to lay audiences.
  • Display leadership and the capacity to inspire others through clear accurate and persuasive communication with a variety of audiences.
  • Apply the range of interpersonal skills necessary to establish a rapport with clients, colleagues and academics.