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

VETS6101 The Veterinary Professional 1

 1

 1

 3

VETS6102 Professional Skills 1A

 1

 1

 6

VETS6103 Research and Enquiry 1A

 1

 1

 3

VETS6104 Foundations of Veterinary Science A

 1

 1

 12

VETS6105 Animal Management Systems 1

 1

 2

 3

VETS6106 Professional Skills 1B

 1

 2

 6

VETS6107 Research and Enquiry 1B

 1

 2

 3

VETS6108 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

VETS6201 The Veterinary Professional 2

 2

 1

 3

VETS6202 Professional Skills 2A

 2

 1

 6

VETS6203  Research and Enquiry 2A

 2

 1

 3

VETS6204 Principles of Animal Disease A

 2

 1

 12

VETS6205 Animal Management Systems 2

 2

 2

 3

VETS6206  Professional Skills 2B

2

 2

 6

VETS6207 Research and Enquiry 2B

2

 2

 3

VETS6208 Principles of Animal Disease B

 2

 2

12

Year 3: Health and Disease Management (Camden Campus)

 

Code

Unit of study name

Semester

Credit Points

VETS6301

Veterinary Public Practice

1

3

VETS6302

Clinical Foundations

1

3

VETS6303

Small Animal Practice A

1

6

VETS6304

Livestock Practice A

1

3

VETS6305

Equine Practice A

1

3

VETS6306

Exotic and Wildlife Practice

1

3

VETS6307

Research and Enquiry 3A

1

3

VETS6308

Veterinary Practice Management

2

3

VETS6309

Small Animal Practice B

2

6

VETS6310

Livestock Practice B

2

6

VETS6311

Equine Practice B

2

3

VETS6312

Intensive Animal Practice

2

3

VETS6313

Research and Enquiry 3B

2

3

 

Total:

 

48

 

Year 4: Professional Placements Year

Unit of study name

Semester

Credit Points

VETS6401 Small Animal Clinics A

1, 2

6

VETS6402 Small Animal Clinics B

1, 2

6

VETS6403 Small Animal Clinics C

1, 2

6

VETS6404 Small Animal Clinics D

1, 2

3

VETS6405 Large Animal Clinics A

1, 2

6

VETS6406 Large Animal Clinics B

1, 2

3

VETS6407 Laboratory Investigations of Clinical Disease

1, 2

3

VETS6408 Public, Industry, or Community Placement

1, 2

3

VETS6409 Extramural Placement 1

1, 2

3

VETS6410 Extramural Placement 2

1, 2

3

VETS6411 Extramural Placement 3

1, 2

3

VETS6412 Extramural Placement 4

1, 2

3

Total:

 

48