Policies for Progression to Year 3 BVetBiol/DVM

SECTION A: SECTION A: Faculty of Veterinary Science Course Resolutions regarding progression from Year 2 to 3 of the BVetBiol/DVM:

  • Progression to Year 3 of the BVetBiol/DVM combined programme is based on academic merit in Years 1 and 2 of the programme.
  • All students with a Year 1 + 2 Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75 or greater will be eligible for progression to Year 3 BVetBiol/DVM.
  • Students with a Year 1 + 2 WAM of less than 75 but greater than or equal to 65, may be offered progression to Year 3 BVetBiol/DVM based on academic merit if places are available.
  • Students with a Year 1 + 2 WAM of less than 65 will not be eligible for entry into the Year 3 BVetBiol/DVM.
  • Students that fail to achieve progression into Year 3 BVetBiol/DVM will be transferred to the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (BAVBSc) or general Bachelor of Science (BSc) with credit for the units of study completed.

SECTION B: BVetBiol/DVM Progression Policy applying to all students:

  • All students enrolled in the BVetBiol/DVM must nominate at enrolment in Semester 1 Year 1 their desired exit strategy should they fail to achieve progression into Year 3 BVetBiol/DVM.
  • The default exit strategy is transfer to BAVBSc. Students will be encouraged to adopt this option and any student that fails to nominate an exit strategy will automatically be assigned transfer to BAVBSc as the default.
  • Students will receive an internal credit transfer for all units successfully completed in Years 1 and 2 of the BVetBiol/DVM. Marks and grades for internally credited units will be transferred across to the student’s BAVBSc or BSc academic record, and included in the WAM calculations for Honours eligibility according to the resolutions of the respective degree.
  • Students that progress from Year 2 BVetBiol/DVM to BAVBSc or BSc and successfully complete the respective degree will be eligible for application to the graduate entry DVM programme, subject to their ability to fulfil the admission requirements.

SECTION C: BVetBiol/DVM Progression Policy applying to students that opt for the BAVBSc exit strategy:

  • Students that transfer from Year 2 BVetBiol/DVM to Year 3 BAVBSc will be able to complete the BAVBSc in a minimum of four years total (two years of study in BVetBiol/DVM and a further two years of study in BAVBSc).
  • Subject to their WAM, students that transfer to BAVBSc can complete the degree with Honours - this requires the completion of a research project in Year 4.
  • Students that transfer to BAVBSc will have the option of majors in:
    - Animal Genetics and Biotechnology,
    - Animal Health and Disease,
    - Livestock Production Systems, or
    - Wildlife Conservation and Management
  • All students that nominate the default exit strategy of transfer to BAVBSc should be strongly encouraged to enrol in the following compulsory BAVBSc units of study as their electives in Years 1 and 2 BVetBiol/DVM:
    - Semester 1 Year 1 elective – AGEN1001 Shaping our Landscapes
    - Semester 2 Year 1 elective – AVBS1002 Concepts of Animal Management
    - Semester 1 Year 2 elective – ENVX2001 Applied Statistical Methods
    - Semester 2 Year 2 elective – ANSC2004 Animal Conservation Biology
  • Students that transfer to BAVBSc will be required to enrol in any compulsory BAVBSc units of study that they have not completed as part of Years 1 and 2 of the BVetBiol/DVM. All students that transfer to BAVBSc will be required to complete AGEC1006 Economic Environment of Agriculture in Year 3.

SECTION D: BVetBiol/DVM Progression Policy applying to students that opt for the BSc exit strategy:

  • Students that transfer from Year 2 BVetBiol/DVM to Year 3 BSc will be able to complete the BSc in a minimum of three years total (two years of study in BVetBiol/DVM and a further one year of study in BSc for a Pass degree).
  • Subject to their WAM, students that transfer to BSc can complete the degree with Honours - this requires the completion of an additional full year of study (i.e. a minimum of four years total).
  • Students that transfer to BSc are required to complete a major in at least one Faculty of Science (FoS) subject. Students that nominate transfer to BSc as their exit strategy should enrol in Year 1 and 2 BVetBiol/DVM electives appropriate to fulfil the junior and intermediate prerequisites of senior units to enable a BSc major to be completed. Students that transfer to BSc may have options for a major in one of several “life science” subjects within the FoS, including:
    - Anatomy and Histology ,
    - Biochemistry,
    - Biology,
    - Cell Pathology,
    - Chemistry,
    - Immunobiology,
    - Microbiology,
    - Nutrition and Metabolism, or
    - Pharmacology
  • Students should note that the availability of some majors may vary as prerequisites for senior units of study change.
  • A limited number of majors in FoS “non-life science” subjects (e.g. Geology and Geophysics) may also be possible for students that transfer to BSc. Students that have an interest in pursuing such a major must consult with the FoS prior to enrolment in Semester 1 Year 1 BVetBiol/DVM to identify the appropriate electives and any timetable clashes.
  • Students that nominate transfer to BSc as their exit strategy and wish to pursue a major in a “life science” subject should be strongly encouraged to enrol in the following electives in Year 1 BVetBiol/DVM:
  • - Semester 1 Year 1 elective:
    AGEN1001 Shaping our Landscapes, or
    GEOS1001 Earth Environment and Society, or
    PHYS1001 Physics 1 (Regular), or
    PHYS1002 Physics 1 (Fundamentals), or
    PSYC1001 Psychology 1001
    - Semester 2 Year 1 elective:
    MBLG1001 Molecular Biology and Genetics (Intro)
  • Students that nominate transfer to BSc as their exit strategy must contact the FoS regarding appropriate intermediate units of study that should be taken as Year 2 BVetBiol/DVM electives to fulfil the prerequisites of senior units to enable a BSc major to be completed.
  • Students that do not enrol in the prerequisite FoS junior and intermediate units of study as electives in Years 1 and 2 BVetBiol/DVM may jeopardise their ability to complete the BSc in the minimum length of candidature.
  • All students enrolled in BSc, including students that transfer from BVetBiol/DVM, are required to successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit points from the FoS subject areas of mathematics and statistics. The School of Mathematics and Statistics (SMS) have approved ENVX1001 and ENVX2001 as fulfilling this requirement for students that transfer from BVetBiol/DVM. While ENVX1001 is a compulsory unit of study in Year 1 BVetBiol/DVM, most students that nominate transfer to BSc as their exit strategy with the plan to pursue a “life science” major will not be able to complete ENVX2001 in Year 2 BVetBiol/DVM. Hence most students that transfer to BSc will be required to complete 6 credit points of mathematics (e.g. ENVX2001 or 6 credit points of junior mathematics offered by the SMS) in Year 3 BSc to fulfil the degree requirements.