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Animal health and veterinary science

Make a difference in animal health and veterinary science
Studying animal health and veterinary science will enable you to learn about different animal species, their importance for people and the environment and the challenges we face in contemporary conservation.

Animal health and veterinary science courses at Sydney

You can choose a specialist animal health or veterinary science degree, or choose to undertake animal health or veterinary science related program, major, minor, or electives within one of our other degrees.

Specialist courses

Undergraduate courses

Programs and majors available in these courses:

Most of these majors are also available as minors.

Postgraduate courses

View our available clinical residency positions.

Studying animal health and veterinary science

Studying animal health and veterinary science will give you an all-inclusive appreciation of the multidisciplinary sciences involved in the veterinary and allied animal science industries, including companion animals and wildlife.

Your animal health and veterinary science studies will be in the One Health framework, ensuring you understand the linkages between veterinary health, human medicine and the environment at local, national and global levels.

If you choose to study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, you can become a practising veterinarian.

Why study with us?

We are ranked first in Australia and 9th in the world for veterinary sciences by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019. Our courses in animal health and veterinary science include hands-on laboratory, field, industry or clinical experience that’s relevant to your area of study.

You may study on our city and rural campuses, depending on which study area you choose. Our Camperdown Campus offers beautiful sandstone architecture alongside modern lecture theatres, advanced laboratories and a well-equipped clinical teaching hospital. Our semi-rural Camden campus southwest of Sydney allows students to work directly with livestock and gain experience with the large-animal industries of sheep, dairy, pigs, cattle and aquaculture.

You may also have the chance to access our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in Camperdown and Camden, Taronga Zoo staff, facilities and animals, and do work placements with industry partners.

If you choose the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or graduate entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees, you will be eligible when you graduate for immediate registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in each state and territory in Australia, and is recognised internationally by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK).

Animal health and veterinary science careers

Our graduates can be found in many settings and roles, including:

  • animal breeding program manager
  • animal health and quarantine manager
  • animal nutritionist
  • animal production manager
  • biosecurity scientist
  • biotechnologist
  • medical researcher
  • microbiologist
  • molecular geneticist
  • national parks and wildlife services officer
  • reproductive technologist
  • sustainable agriculturalist
  • veterinarian