Attributes of Graduates

Graduates of this program, with the generic and specific attributes shown below, will be better equipped to contribute as professionals to the field of animal health at regional, national and international levels.

All VPHMgt graduates

All graduates of the Veterinary Public Health Management program will have the following generic attributes:

Communication Skills

Graduates able to:

  • search, identify, evaluate, collate and present scientific knowledge in written and oral form in English;
  • use information technology for professional and personal communications; and
  • establish and maintain lines of open communication in a team context.

Thinking Skills

Graduates able to:

  • exercise systems level thinking;
  • analyse and integrate knowledge to achieve better understanding of complex issues;
  • apply critical judgment to the assessment of systems, processes and practices;
  • realistically evaluate personal and team performance;
  • adopt a problem-solving approach to a range of issues; and
  • generate novel and innovative ideas.

Personal Skills

Graduates able to:

  • actively participate in life-long learning in which ideas are systematically trialled, and considerable reflection is given to the outcomes of the trials before the individual moves onto implementation. This is used at the level of human interaction as well as in technical issues;
  • manage the planning and implementation of successful projects in personal and professional contexts in real time; and
  • work effectively with others on an individual basis and in multidisciplinary team situations.

Personal attributes

Graduates able to:

  • strive for excellence in personal and professional endeavours;
  • embody tolerance and integrity; and
  • assume personal responsibility for their decisions and behaviour.

Practical Skills

Graduates able to:

  • use information and communication technology for professional and personal development.


All graduates of the Veterinary Public Health Management program will have the following specific attributes:

Technical Skills

Graduates able to:

  • apply understanding of specific topics in the program (including epidemiological principles, zoonoses, food safety, animal health economics and policy development) to existing and emerging issues in animal health; and
  • apply skills in leadership and project management effectively in a work context.

Graduate Diploma and Masters VPHMgt graduates

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Public Health Management and Masters of Veterinary Public Health Management will have the additional specific attributes of:

Technical Skills

Graduates able to:

  • apply detailed knowledge and understanding of each selected elective topic by application to current issues in the relevant field and to problem solving within their work setting; and
  • work with others across disciplines, workplaces and across geographies to create an ongoing learning environment.

Master of VPHMgt graduates

Graduates of the Masters of Veterinary Public Health Management will also have the specific attributes of:

Research Skills

Graduates able to:

  • conduct veterinary research in a highly professional and ethical manner; and
  • write, publish and report research methods and results, either collaboratively or individually, across disciplines and across geographical boundaries.