Future DVM Students Frequently Asked Questions
- What kind of Bachelor’s degree is required?
- What if I’m a year 12 student?
- What if I’m an international student?
- What if I haven’t completed my Bachelor’s degree yet?
- What GPA do I need?
- How much/what kind of work experience is expected of applicants?
- What if I have a completed Bachelor’s degree but I haven’t completed all of the pre-requisite units?
- What is "one semester of study" when considering pre-requisites for the DVM?
- What documentation about pre-requisites is required?
- What units of study will be accepted as pre-requisites?
- How do I apply for the course?
- Can I apply as a part time student?
- Can I defer my offer for a year?
- Can the DVM be undertaken via distance education (is this a correspondence course)?
- I am an overseas qualified veterinarian, but I am not able to register in Australia. Can I apply for the DVM?
- Can I apply for any credit towards the DVM?
- How long will it take to qualify as a veterinarian?
- Where will the DVM be taught?
- Are there any scholarships for this course?
- I have a specific question that is not listed on this page
Questions about entry requirements and admission
Students can apply for a position into the DVM after completing any kind of Bachelor’s degree at a recognised tertiary institution. If you are looking for a suitable pre-DVM program, please make sure you will be able to take the pre-requisite subjects during your course of study.
You can apply for our recent school leaver pathway into the DVM, the combined degree program in Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Further information about the BVetBiol/DVM
The Faculty enrols many international students each year, from countries such as the USA, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, the UK and Malaysia. Our active student society and small class sizes ensure a strong cohort experience for all students. International students should apply online, and meet the same entry requirements as domestic students. The University International Office can provide advice about applying for a visa and other important considerations. You must demonstrate your proficiency in English by meeting the University of Sydney English Language requirements
Your Bachelor’s degree must be completed in the year prior to commencing the DVM to be eligible. You can apply to the DVM during your final year of study, but you won’t be able to be made a firm offer until you can provide proof that you have completed your degree requirements. If you have completed less than one year of tertiary study, you can apply for the combined degree program BVetBiol/DVM
The minimum GPA for entry for all students is a credit average. However, Commonwealth Supported Places for domestic students are limited. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of being considered for a CSP offer.
International students require a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.
All applicants for the DVM must demonstrate their interest in, and commitment to animal health and welfare and a career in veterinary practice, industry or research on the DVM Admission Statement (supplementary application form). You should provide evidence of this through relevant, documented experience in some or all of the following areas:
- Animal production industries such as sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses and poultry
- Veterinary clinical practices
- Other relevant animal industry experience including government bodies, charities and research organisations
To be considered for admission, you must have completed a minimum of 4 weeks of experience, a substantial portion of which must have been completed within the 2 years prior to application (the equivalent of 28 working days). The experience must involve direct contact and hands-on experience with animals. Ideally, some of this experience would be completed in a veterinary practice.
Offers will not be made to applicants who have not completed the minimum 28 days of hands-on animal experience and/or exposure to the profession.
Applicants who can demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
- Breadth of experience across a variety of species or depth of experience in a particular species;
- Research experience involving animals or animal models;
- Longer experiences, spanning several weeks or months;
- Longstanding commitment to/interest in the profession demonstrated by dates of experiences;
- Rural background and any rural experiences (not only those related to animals).
In 2015, top ranking domestic applicants had work experience spanning several years prior to making an application.
Questions about pre-requisites
7. What if I have a completed Bachelor’s degree but I haven’t completed all of the pre-requisite units?
If you have completed your Bachelor’s degree, but haven’t completed one, or all, of the required pre-requisite subjects, you could apply to do undergraduate non-degree study at the University of Sydney or another tertiary institution.
Completion of the pre-requisite science subjects is critical to the study of veterinary medicine and for obtaining professional accreditation. If you have not completed the pre-requisites you cannot be considered for a place in the DVM.
You must have completed the equivalent of a standard, semester-long unit of study at the University of Sydney i.e. 6 credit points. A full time load for one year at the University of Sydney is 48 credit points. Therefore a 6 credit point unit of study at the University of Sydney is equivalent to 1/8 or 12.5% of a standard full time load for one year (0.125 EFTSL).
As part of your application, you must submit an official academic transcript and a detailed outline for each of the units of study you have completed in fulfilment of the pre-requisite requirements. This documentation must be submitted with your online application or your application will not be assessed.
The unit of study outlines should come from an official publication of the Provider University, such as the Faculty Handbook. The outline and transcript together must demonstrate that each unit you have completed in fulfilment of the pre-requisites is equivalent to 6 credit points at the University of Sydney and in the correct subject area i.e. 6 credit points of biology, 6 credit points of general chemistry, 6 credit points of organic chemistry and 6 credit points of biochemistry.
The Faculty will consider as pre-requisites any bachelor degree level units of study, provided the documentation submitted demonstrates that each unit/s is in the required subject area and is equivalent to 6 credit points at the University of Sydney. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and rectify any specific gaps in knowledge or understanding.
Students should note that there need not be a one-to-one correlation between units previously completed and the pre-requisite subject. For example, two smaller units of biochemistry that together are equivalent to the 6 credit point pre-requisite will be considered.
Questions about applying for and studying in the DVM
All applications for the DVM are completed online via the University of Sydney website. Further information about lodging your application
No, only full time attendance is available for the DVM
No, offers for the DVM cannot be deferred.
No. There is a large practical component throughout the course that requires students to be on-site.
15. I am an overseas qualified veterinarian, but I am not able to register in Australia. Can I apply for the DVM?
Yes, using the same criteria as all other applicants. The program will still take 4 years full time.
No credit will be awarded towards the DVM. All students enter the program at year 1 and complete the four-year, full-time program.
The DVM takes four years of full time study after completion of your undergraduate Bachelor's degree.
Years 1 to 2 will involve learning opportunities at both our inner-city Camperdown campus, and our rural Camden campus. Year 3 is primarily based at our Camden Campus. Fourth year consists of professional placements in the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals at both campuses, as well as with our Partners in Veterinary Education. The majority of placements are undertaken in New South Wales, however interstate and overseas placements may be arranged for some rotations.
Yes - two scholarships are available for domestic DVM students. For more information or to apply, please contact the Sub Dean Admissions, Ms Veronica Boulton:
Phone: +61 2 9351 6932
The Swan Family Scholarship is for an outstanding student from a rural area to study in the DVM program in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. This scholarship will provide the successful candidate with $6,000 per year for each year of the DVM program ($24,000 in total).
The Dr John Holt Scholarship is for the support of an outstanding student who is committee to animal welfare to study in the DVM program in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney. This scholarship will provide the successful candidate with $6,000 per year for each year of the DVM program ($24,000 in total).
Scholarship opportunities for international students are advertised on the University Scholarships website for Postgraduate students.
For more information, please contact the faculty directly via email or phone +61 2 9351 2441
For more detailed information about admission criteria and processes, and how to lodge an application for the DVM, please download:
the 2016 Admission guide (pdf, 175 kb);