Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (BAnVetBioSc) - Professional Development Program


All Animal and Veterinary Bioscience students complete a Professional Development Program.

The professional development program incorporates:

  • 60 days of Faculty-supported, professional work experience (PE) placements in a variety of animal related businesses, farms and research organisations during the first three years of the degree
  • On-farm OH&S training in the first year
  • Seminars with industry guests on current issues and careers in senior years
  • Career development training, including CV writing, communication skills, professional conduct, interview techniques.
  • Annual Careers Evening arranged by the faculty to enable students from all years to interact with employer representatives and graduates and explore potential career options

Professional Experience Placements

Students choose their own PE placements within broad guidelines, allowing them to follow their interests, learn life & job skills & "try out" careers. Professional Development is highly valued by employers at graduation.

In the past, students have gained experience in a wide variety of regions and organisations, both within Australia and overseas. For example, previous students have undertaken professional experience in: commercial cattle production, equine science, government departments (eg. livestock health and pest authorities, NPWS, DAFF, etc), marine wildlife and research, aquaculture (eg. barramundi and oyster farming), IVF clinics, wool and/or prime lamb production, conservation genetics research, parasitology research, zoo animal care, flora and fauna surveys, conservation projects, intensive and free range pork and poultry production enterprises, alpaca, bison and crocodile production, organic farming of various kinds, artifical breeding programs, veterinary pathology labs, national park management, animal welfare organisations, stock and station agents, and participated in a wide range of research projects.

The professional development program’s major objectives are to:

  1. Provide students with the opportunity to experience the major and emerging animal industries first-hand;
  2. Provide students with experience in the production, development, finance, marketing, research and management of domestic, native and exotic animals and animal products across a range of environments and managerial systems;
  3. Encourage awareness of current issues associated with animal science in a global context;
  4. Develop and apply the range of interpersonal skills necessary to establish a professional rapport with clients, colleagues and academics;
  5. Allow students the opportunity to develop particular interests that may inform their choice of career; and
  6. Give students experience in writing a professional, consultant-style report.