Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Acquire theoretical knowledge in a clinical context, with hands-on skills training and professional placements.


Year 1: Function of the Normal Animal Body

Learn about the normal function and structure of the animal body within a medical context. Clinical case examples are used to demonstrate the relevance of veterinary sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathobiology and pharmacology) in diagnosing and treating disease.

Your practical skills training will commence with basic surgical skills and animal handling, and will be extended through clinic visits in the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and animal husbandry placements. You will also be introduced to the principles of professional practice, one health and research and start to develop an evidence-based approach to veterinary medicine.



Year 1 has the following 48 credit point structure:

 DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Core Units

Year 

Semester 

 Credit Points

 The Veterinary Professional 1

 1

 1

 3

 Professional Skills 1A

 1

 1

 6

 Research and Enquiry 1A

 1

 1

 3

 Foundations of Veterinary Science A

 1

 1

 12

 Animal Management Systems 1

 1

 2

 3

 Professional Skills 1B

 1

 2

 6

 Research and Enquiry 1B

 1

 2

 3

Foundations of Veterinary Science B

 1

2

12

Year 2: Principles and Approach to Clinical Disease

Learn about diseases commonly encountered in veterinary practice - wildlife, companion and production animals. Second year focuses on:

  • developing your skills in disease investigation by examining common disease syndromes
  • continuing your practical and professional skills development
  • undertaking your final animal husbandry placements
  • expanding your research skills in decision making, diagnostic testing and interpretation, and the application of evidence-based practice.


Year 2 has the following 48 credit point structure:

 DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Core Units

Year 

semester 

 Credit Points

 The Veterinary Professional 2

 2

 1

 3

 Professional Skills 2A

 2

 1

 6

 Research and Enquiry 2A

 2

 1

 3

 Principles of Clinical Disease A

 2

 1

 12

 Animal Management Systems 2

 2

 2

 3

 Professional Skills 2B

2

 2

 6

 Research and Enquiry 2B

2

 2

 3

 Principles of Clinical Disease B

 2

 2

12

Year 3: Health and Disease Management (Camden Campus)

You will develop an advanced approach to health and disease management across the major domestic, exotic and production animal species. This encompasses managing health and disease in different species, being mindful of the needs of the individual animal and the broader population.

Your professional development this year will focus on practice management and leadership skills, the provision of veterinary care and animal welfare within different cultures and the completion of your preparatory clinical placements. Your research training will culminate in a professionally focused project.

Year 3 has the following 48 credit point structure:

 DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Core Units

Year 

Semester 

 Credit Points

 The Veterinary Professional 3

 3

 1

 3

 Professional Skills 3A

 3

 1

 6

 Research and Enquiry 3A

 3

 1

 3

 Individual Animal Health and Welfare A

 3

 1

 6

Population Health, Welfare and Production A

 3

 1

 6

 Preparation for Veterinary Practice

 3

 2

 3

 Professional Skills 3B

 3

 2

 6

 Research and Enquiry 3B

 3

 2

 3

 Individual Animal Health and Welfare B

 3

 2

 6

 Population Health, Welfare and Production B

 3

 2

 6

Year 4: Professional Placements Year

Fourth year will be lecture-free and you will be placed as a veterinary intern in a wide range of locations, including rotations in our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals at Sydney and Camden and externally with our Partners in Veterinary Education. These placements will enable you apply your knowledge and skills to real clinical cases, equipping you with the necessary skills to enter the workforce on graduation.

Year 4 has the following 48 credit point structure:

 DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE Core Units

Year 

Semester 

 Credit Points

 Rural Mixed Practice Intramural

 4

 1

 10

 Rural Mixed Practice Extramural

 4

 1

 3

Small Animal Practice Extramural

 4

 1

 3

Public Practice

 4

 1

 5

SA Referral Medicine and Primary Care

 4

 1

 5

SA Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging

 4

 2

 5

SA Referral Medicine and Primary Care

 4

 2

 5

SA Anaesthesia and Emergency Medicine

 4

 2

 5

Elective Rotation 1

 4

 2

 5

Elective Rotation 2

 4

 2

 5