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Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program)

Overview

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The Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) degree at the University of Sydney is designed to equip veterinarians with disciplinary knowledge and applied skills and techniques. Graduates undertake a program to best suit their individual career goals and this will lead to career opportunities in the area of study selected.

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) is the coursework component of the combined MVetStud/MVetClinStud degree, which forms the clinical residency program in Veterinary Science.

Please note, students undertaking this course must concurrently enrol in the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies course.

These two degrees are undertaken part-time and simultaneously, forming a full-time candidature. Places in this program are only available to postgraduate students who have been offered a place in one of the designated clinical streams after a vacancy has been advertised.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Research areas

What you'll study

A candidate for the Master of Veterinary Studies will satisfactorily complete units of study granting 48 credit points in supervised elective units of study. They will be enrolled in a stream from the list below:

  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Cardiology
  • Avian Health
  • Ruminant Medicine
  • Equine Surgery
  • Equine Medicine
  • Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Livestock Health and Production
  • Veterinary Anaesthesia
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Oncology
  • Avian Medicine
  • Canine Medicine
  • Feline Medicine
  • Veterinary Behaviour
  • Veterinary Dermatology
  • Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
  • Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Neurology
  • Veterinary Ophthalmology

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Places in this program will be advertised when available and candidates will be selected through application and interview only. Available positions and streams can be found on the application form:

Application form

Selection criteria for admission to program

Application to the program is not automatic and is based on merit according to the following factors:

  • Grade point average (GPA) or Weighted Average Mean Average (WAM) of veterinary degree (essential).
  • Honours mark or equivalent (essential). Membership of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists is equivalent to Hons I.
  • ‘Accepted’ or published papers in Web of Knowledge listed journals or respected open access on-line journals (not essential, but desirable).
  • Presentations/abstracts at national and international veterinary conferences (not essential, but desirable).
  • Other esteem factors e.g. awards, veterinary positions held since graduation (not essential, but desirable).
  • A minimum experience of a one year rotating internship or equivalent practice experience (essential).
  • Two referees’ reports (essential).

Applications will be ranked (in the same manner as for all USYD applicants applying for Australian Postgraduate Awards) within each of the disciplines seeking residents at that time.

The highest ranked applicants within each of the disciplines seeking residents at that time, will be requested to attend an interview with the Faculty Academics that oversee this program. Final selection will be made after the interview.  

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Veterinary Science, you must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Additional application requirements

You will be required to upload all the following documents when you submit your application:

  • certified academic transcripts for all your previous tertiary study, if they were not completed at the University of Sydney
  • CV, providing a summary of your work experience
  • two academic reference reports
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying
  • research proposal
  • evidence that your supervisor supports your application. This can be PDF copies of emails between you and your supervisor
  • proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your permanent resident visa)

English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

The School of Veterinary Science's combined MVetStud/MVetClinStud degree offers practical advanced clinical training in selected disciplines for veterinarians who want to enhance their clinical skills and/or seek to become veterinary specialists.


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 also fulfil the requirements of the equivalent European or American Diplomate/Specialist requirements in some fields.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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