BVSc Extramural Practical Work


A key focus of the BVSc course is to provide students with real veterinary industry experience. Placements are conducted at a range of sites and opportunities are available starting in the third year.

Outlined below are the key areas of extramural practical work.

Animal Husbandry Placements

Students complete placements at farms and other sites to gain experience in the major animal industries and to master animal handling and manipulative techniques with livestock.

Preclinical Placements

The Faculty of Veterinary Science at The University of Sydney is committed to developing strong relationships with the veterinary profession to ensure we produce outstanding veterinarians. The Preparatory Clinical Placement Program for our students, prior to the final year student internship program, has been designed to expose students to the veterinary profession. Students will achieve learning outcomes by working with the nurses and technical support staff at the practice rather than the veterinary staff. Learning and building on basic skills in a professional environment. The aim is to better prepare students to work with veterinary staff in their final year placements. Students are encouraged to view this component of their education as a privilege and relationships with the profession are vital for continuous improvement of veterinary education.

Preclinical - Abattoir Placements - V.S.A.P.P.

As a compulsory requirement of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science, students are required to participate in the Veterinary Student Abattoir Program (VSAP). Students will generally commence undertaking the requirements of the VSAP upon entering the 3rd year of the degree program.

Students must successfully complete these requirements to pass VETS4232 Veterinary Public Health.

Year 5 Partners in Veterinary Education

Our final year program consists of ten one month rotations through a variety of career option placements. As a student intern you will complete rotations at our University Veterinary Centres and with our Partners in Veterinary Education. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations may be in a wide variety of areas and enable you to focus on particular career interests such as government, industry, research, specialist practice, equine and wildlife. There are no lectures in final year and through our veterinary centres and industry partnerships we are able to ensure that you gain the attributes essential for success as a veterinarian.