Master of Veterinary Studies/Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (MVetStud/MVetClinStud)

Faculty of Veterinary Science Clinical Residency Program

Residency places for Semester 1, 2015 are now open for application in the following disciplines:

- Equine Medicine (Applications close November 10, 2014.)
- Veterinary Anaesthesia (Applications close November 10, 2014.)
- Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (Applications close November 10, 2014.)
- Veterinary Pathology (Applications close November 10, 2014.)
- Small Animal Medicine (Applications close 30 November, 2014)

A residency in Avian Medicine will also be offered in the future.


To start the application process, please go to the 'How to Apply' page from the menu on the left and follow the steps.

Please also check the Essential Criteria on the Eligibility page.

If you have any questions about the residency program and future opportunities, you can contact Jann Merchant at .


Small Animal Surgery

The Faculty of Veterinary Science offers a combined Master’s coursework and Master’s research degree in practical advanced clinical training in selected disciplines for veterinarians who want to enhance their clinical skills and/or seek to become veterinary specialists in areas such as:

  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Cardiology
  • Ruminant Medicine
  • Equine Surgery
  • Equine Medicine
  • Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Veterinary Anaesthesia
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary Pathology

This combined program is aligned to assist candidates to obtain credentials required to be considered eligible by Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVSc) to sit Fellowship examinations. Many of these credentials are also required to fulfill the requirements of the equivalent European or American Diplomat/Specialist bodies.

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The program is of three years duration and is offered for full-time attendance only. The academic year for residents is 48 weeks.

On successful completion the candidate will graduate with two degrees: a Master’s in Veterinary Studies (a Master’s coursework degree) and a Master’s degree in Veterinary Clinical Studies (a Master’s research degree). Each Master’s degree can be awarded independently on successful completion of the academic components of each degree.

Note: Veterinary specialist designation cannot be awarded by an Australian University and is approved upon successful application to state veterinary practitioner boards in consultation with the Advisory Committee on the Registration of Veterinary Specialists/Australasian Veterinary Boards Council. Veterinary Specialist Registration requires applicants to meet the minimum standards document for registration as a veterinary specialist in Australia and New Zealand. On completion of this program, the successful graduate will have attained most or all of the credentials required to be considered eligible to undertake specialist examinations in the future.

Ruminant medicine

While the Faculty has every intention to support candidates to maximize their learning opportunities, it may take longer than three years to obtain all the credentials required (e.g. obtain sufficient case numbers etc).

While the Faculty will support all our students in gaining the required knowledge to be successful in the specialist exams for their discipline, the Faculty of Veterinary Science takes no responsibility for the outcome of such exams which are held by external institutions.

This is an Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Level 9 program

Location of program
Small Animal Clinical

The program will take place at the Faculty of Veterinary Science in the Faculty’s veterinary teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.

The program will be offered in a variety of disciplines that can be offered by the Faculty at that time. Of those disciplines that the Faculty can offer, due to staff availability, not all disciplines will be available to offer a residency place each year.

A one-off, twenty working day externship can be undertaken during the program. (Further extension of this externship, or other externships are possible, on supervisor approval).