BVetBiol/DVM Veterinary Graduate Attributes


1. Research and Inquiry

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

  • Identify, define, investigate and analyse problems affecting animal welfare, health, production and performance and apply justifiable methods to create appropriate and innovative solutions
  • Apply theories and concepts from preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences together with an appreciation of political, economic, social, technological and physical environments to problems affecting animal welfare, health, production and performance and veterinary professional practice
  • Critically evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and veterinary professional practice
  • Develop coherent, evidence based arguments when recommending solutions and critically evaluate the efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability of these solutions
  • Appreciate and adapt to the advancing nature of knowledge frontiers in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and professional practice through research

2. Information Literacy

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

  • Conduct research using archives, libraries, the web and other sources of information and critically evaluate these various sources of information
  • Apply research principles and methods for gathering and analysing data relevant to preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences and veterinary professional practice
  • Recognise pertinent information needs and gather accurate and salient information from written, oral and electronic sources to create a sound basis for analysis, interpretation and decision making
  • Prioritise, collect, organise, manage, evaluate and use information efficiently, effectively and sustainably
  • Appreciate political, legal, economic, social, cultural, technological and ethical issues involved in the gathering and use of information

3. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy

Graduates will be able to work independently and sustainably, in a way that is informed by openness, curiosity and a desire to meet new challenges.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to achieving sustainable solutions that aim to balance personal, intellectual, emotional, physical and social needs
  • Demonstrate initiative, self-reliance and a willingness to adapt to changing and unfamiliar environments and meet new challenges and deadlines
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through continuous professional development and critical reflection on personal and professional experiences, self-evaluation, and self-improvement of skills, knowledge and attitudes
  • Explore new ways of thinking, appreciate the importance of intellectual curiosity and critical reflection as the foundation for continuous learning and take responsibility for continuing professional development goals
  • Create plans to achieve personal and professional goals, work independently and safely to effectively implement these plans, recognise personal limitations and demonstrate a willingness to seek assistance when required

4. Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding

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

  • Demonstrate a primary concern for the welfare of animals, a deep respect for human and non-human animals, and integrity in all aspects of their personal and professional life as a global citizen
  • Identify ethical issues in preclinical, paraclinical and clinical veterinary sciences, and veterinary professional practice and critically reflect on existing understandings
  • Demonstrate a capacity and commitment to making ethical decisions when dealing with situations in their personal and professional lives
  • Work safely with people from diverse backgrounds with inclusiveness, open-mindedness, honesty and diligence
  • Demonstrate an ability to participate in a broad range of complex and changing veterinary professional practice contexts

5. Communication

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

  • Appreciate that communication develops learning and learning communities with the capacity for advancing animal welfare and veterinary professional practice
  • Negotiate and create shared understandings by respectfully interacting with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Confidently and coherently communicate in English, both orally and in writing, with colleagues, clients and the public promptly, with patience, empathy, compassion and to a professional standard
  • Display leadership in veterinary professional practice by inspiring others in personal, professional and global contexts
  • Employ a range of non-verbal, verbal and written communication skills appropriately and effectively when communicating information relevant to veterinary professional practice to a variety of audiences