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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.

What is 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 animal health and veterinary science with us?

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.

We are ranked first in Australia and 11th in the world for veterinary sciences (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).

Depending on which study areas you choose, you may study on our city and rural campuses. Our Camperdown Campus offers beautiful sandstone architecture alongside modern lecture theatres, advanced laboratories and a well-equipped clinical teaching hospital. In an entirely different environment southwest of Sydney, our semi-rural Camden campus 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. Your degree is also recognised internationally by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK).

Where can animal health and veterinary science take you?

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

How can I study animal health and veterinary science?

Course options

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience)

This degree provides you with an all-inclusive appreciation of the multidisciplinary sciences involved in the veterinary and allied animal science industries, including companion animals and wildlife

Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation)

This unique degree will develop your expertise in wildlife conservation. You will be taught by dedicated researchers and practitioners from two of Australia’s premier institutions – the University of Sydney and Taronga Conservation Society Australia.

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Study to become a registered veterinary practitioner with this degree, which will make you a career-ready vet with the skills to work in managing animal health and disease in Australia and around the world. This six-year degree provides both a scientific foundation and specialist veterinary clinical and medical experience.

In your honours year you will receive technical training in research techniques and instrumentation, as well as invaluable skills in communication, project management and critical analysis. 

Visit the honours page for more information.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Study to become a registered veterinary practitioner with this degree, which will make you a career-ready vet with the skills to work in managing animal health and disease in Australia and around the world. This four-year degree provides specialist veterinary clinical and medical experience to graduates who have a completed Bachelor degree.

Master of Veterinary Studies (coursework) and Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies (research)

This combined master by coursework and master by research degree is for veterinarians who want to enhance their clinical skills and/or seek to become veterinary specialists in a range of areas, such as animal surgery, animal cardiology, and veterinary anaesthesia.

View the currently available clinical residency positions.

See all our postgraduate coursework degrees

Research the big questions in animal health and veterinary science by doing a research degree, such as a

To find a potential supervisor visit Research Supervisor Connect or learn more about postgraduate research.