BVSc Veterinary Graduate Attributes


1. Research and Inquiry

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

  • Apply an understanding of normal and abnormal animal structure, function and behaviour for diagnosis, management and prevention of animal disease
  • Identify, define and analyse problems affecting animal health and production
  • Collect and use the best available evidence to diagnose, prevent, cure or manage animal health problems
  • Maintain effective skills for identifying and responding to emerging animal diseases and issues
  • Engage in research-based practice, using critical judgment and creativity
  • Collaborate in the generation, application and dissemination of new knowledge to benefit animal health and welfare
  • Have an informed respect for the principles, methods, standards, values and boundaries of their discipline and the capacity to contribute to and question these
  • Critically evaluate existing understandings and reflect on the limitations of their own knowledge

2. Information Literacy

Graduates of the Faculty of Veterinary Science will be able to use information effectively in a range of contexts.

  • Identify acquire, store, retrieve, interpret, critically evaluate and use scientific, clinical and other relevant information in print and electronic sources
  • Prepare a scientific or clinical report in a form suitable for publication and presentation
  • Use networked services and information technology efficiently in research, professional development and practice management
  • Investigate emerging technologies and determine their relevance to the profession

3. Personal and Intellectual Autonomy

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

  • Make independent, informed professional decisions and implement them in managing animal health
  • Evaluate one's own abilities, identify deficiencies and commit to continuing professional learning
  • Identify situations where additional expertise is necessary, seek specialist services and refer patients professionally
  • Prepare a curriculum vitae, identify work opportunities, apply, present at interview and negotiate an employment contract
  • Have the capability and commitment to initiate and respond to change
  • Develop a capacity for managing one's own personal, physical, emotional and social needs to sustain satisfaction and contribution to profession

4. Ethical, Social and Professional Understanding

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

  • Practice veterinary science professionally:
    - with primary consideration to the welfare of the animals in care
    - to uphold the ethical standards and legal requirements of the profession
    - to meet the health and safety needs of oneself, colleagues, ancillary staff, clients and the community with colleagues, ancillary staff, clients and the public with respect and without discrimination
  • Apply the principles of animal welfare to the humane management and euthanasia of animals
  • Ensure animal products are free of chemical residues and other contaminants
  • Protect the natural environment, maintain biodiversity and conserve endangered species
  • Ensure sustainability of agricultural activities through the practice of veterinary science on livestock that considers the economic and social needs of farms and the livestock industries
  • Practice veterinary science in Australia with awareness of the need to keep Australia free of non-endemic diseases and ensure exported animals are free of disease
  • Practice veterinary science in countries other than Australia with awareness of local differences

5. Communication

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

  • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing, with a variety of recipients and audiences and using a variety of media
  • Consult effectively, eliciting the history and clinical signs from clients systematically and with sensitivity
  • Prepare and maintain records of clients and animals and the results of veterinary interventions and procedures promptly, accurately and concisely
  • Work effectively as individuals, partners and as members of a team
  • Contribute or lead a group in cooperative problem-solving
  • Communicate with colleagues, ancillary staff, clients and the public with patience, empathy and compassion