BVSc Entry Requirements


In 2013 the quota for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science course will be 140. This includes Commonwealth Supported Places (school leavers and tertiary studies applicants) and full fee paying places (international).

All 2013 applicants who wish to be admitted to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science must lodge a Commitment Statement.

The information provided below relates to:

  1. Domestic Applicants.
  2. Rural Students Entry Scheme.
  3. International Applicants.

1. DOMESTIC APPLICANTS

Admission for current Year 12 applicants

Entry is based on:

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Performance in the Higher School Certificate Examination with applicants ranked on the basis of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent.

The minimum aggregates required for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) entry for the past three years were as follows:

2010 - 98.1 (ATAR)
2011 - 97.55 (ATAR)
2012 - 97.35 (ATAR)

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Applicants applying as recent school-leavers must achieve a minimum overall STAT score of least 150/200 to be considered for an offer.
The STAT is a general test of cognitive ability in literacy and numeracy. The test is administered by the Universities Admissions Centre. All details regarding the STAT are available from UAC. The 'Multiple Choice' version of the test is the one required by the Universities Admissions Centre for Veterinary Science.
NB: Please refer to the UAC Guide for the final date to sit the STAT to guarantee processing of results for inclusion in Main Round offers into the BVSc.

Commitment to Veterinary Science

Applicants should demonstrate a firm and continuing commitment to the study of Veterinary Science. Evidence of such commitment could include work experience in veterinary practice or in primary animal production and membership of organisations such as WIRES. Commitment to veterinary science is to be detailed on the prescribed Faculty form. Please attach documentation supporting claims of commitment and return forms to the Faculty Office at the following address: Faculty of Veterinary Science, Undergraduate Admissions, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 by 30 November 2012. (Please note: Do not send original documents with your application, only certified copies.)

Application Criteria for Non-Recent School Leavers

Selection criteria if you are not sitting the current NSW HSC

Applicants who have previously completed a minimum of one-year full-time (equivalent to 48 credit points) study of an approved university degree at bachelor level will be considered for selection on the basis of the following criteria:

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Successful applicants in the past have achieved a distinction average for any university degree-level study completed.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The STAT is a general test of cognitive ability in literacy and numeracy. The test is administered by the Universities Admissions Centre. All details regarding the STAT are available from UAC. The 'Multiple Choice' version of the test is the one required by the Universities Admissions Centre for Veterinary Science. All applicants applying as domestic non-recent school leavers must sit the STAT.
NB: Please refer to the UAC Guide for the final date to sit the STAT to guarantee processing of results for inclusion in Main Round offers into the BVSc.

Commitment to Veterinary Science

Applicants should demonstrate a firm and continuing commitment to the study of Veterinary Science. Evidence of such commitment could include work experience in veterinary practice or in primary animal production and membership of organisations such as WIRES. Commitment to veterinary science is to be detailed on the prescribed Faculty form. Please attach documentation supporting claims of commitment and return forms to the Faculty Office at the following address: Faculty of Veterinary Science, Undergraduate Admissions, University of Sydney, NSW 2006 by 30 November 2012. (Please note: Do not send original documents with your application, only certified copies.)

Please note: Non-Year 12 applicants who do not have a tertiary record may apply based on their ATAR or equivalent. See "Admission for current Year 12 applicants" above.

How to Apply

More information on How to Apply


2. RURAL STUDENTS ENTRY SCHEME

Current HSC students may be eligible for entry under the Faculty of Veterinary Science Rural Entry Scheme.
For more information please visit the Rural Entry Scheme webpage.


3. INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic performance, results in a standardised examination (STAT, ISAT or GRE®) and their demonstration of a commitment to the health and welfare of animals.

Academic Performance

International students must have achieved a similar standard to that expected of an Australian student seeking entry. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic achievement in their final year of secondary education (Year 12 or equivalent) or their tertiary studies as appropriate, from a recognized University.
Minimum GPA required is 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, however applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for science based study.

Standardized examinations

All off-shore international applicants are required to take the International Student Admission Test (ISAT) (Applicants may submit GRE® scores in lieu of ISAT scores.)

All on-shore international applicants are required to take the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) administered by UAC. Contact the Universities Admission Centre to make an appointment to sit the Multi-choice version.

A copy of the "Statement of Results" issued by UAC and your completed "Commitment Statement" to be submitted to the International Office along with your application.

Additional requirements and considerations

Applicants are also expected to have gained relevant work experience and animal handling. This should be demonstrated on the "Commitment to Veterinary Science" form which you can download from the top right-hand side of this page.

On-shore international students sitting an Australian Year 12 examination apply to sit the STAT through the Universities Admission Centre and submit their Commitment Statements directly to the Faculty of Veterinary Science (see address on last page of Commitment Statement).

Off-shore international applicants submit their completed “Commitment to Veterinary Science” along with their STAT, ISAT or GRE® results to the International Office upon application.



International applicants wishing to apply to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)should:

The International Office was established to assist all international students with application and enrolment procedures and any other problems they encounter. The International Student Services Unit on the main campus can help with any problems arising during an international student's stay in Australia.

How to Apply

More information can be found under How to Apply


If you are an Australian citizen but have academic qualifications from overseas, you should apply through UAC (see: How to Apply). If you are a permanent resident (non-citizen) of Australia, you also should apply through UAC.