DVM Practical & Clinical Experience

Gain the professional, practical and personal skills to be ready to practise.

Practical and Professional Skills Development

Practical experience

Clinical skills and animal handling training commence in your first semester, with opportunities to practice and repeat key skills using our new clinical skills facility. Business management, communication and leadership will form part of your training and development in professional practice. The emphasis on practical and professional skills development during your first three years ensures you will enter final year as a confident and capable veterinary intern.

Pre-Clinical (Animal Husbandry) Placements

To acquire an appreciation of the working of animal enterprises, and the potential role of the veterinarian, students undertake placements at farms and other sites within the major animal industries. Pre-clinical placements are completed during years 1 and 2 of the DVM program.

Enrolled students should log in to the Blackboard Learning management system for detailed information about the placement program.

University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals

The Sydney School of Veterinary Science has University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in Sydney and Camden, where you will work with our team of specialist veterinarians in well-equipped, high quality clinical environments involving a wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals and exotic and native species. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, with the Camden site also providing veterinary services to farms in the region.

Visiting specialists complement Faculty specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching.

Preparatory Clinical Experience

Clinical experience

Clinical contact commences during first semester of the DVM (year 3 of BVetBiol/DVM) and continues throughout the course, culminating in the lecture-free final year capstone experience program. Your knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues will be developed while you participate in small group teaching. Surgical and anaesthetic skills are honed in our community spey-neuter program.

Final Year Partners in Veterinary Education

During the capstone experience year, students complete a series of rotations as veterinary student interns in our Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with our Partners in Veterinary Education in a wide variety of locations. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations enable students to focus on particular career interests and may be undertaken in areas such as government, industry, research, specialist practice, equine and wildlife medicine.