Qualify and apply information for Veterinary Science at Murdoch University

Qualify and apply

We welcome applications from students straight from school, as well as those who have already done some tertiary study.

School leavers

High achieving school leavers will be offered a place in the first year of the 5 year veterinary course. Students applying to Murdoch University on the basis of their completed secondary school studies need to achieve the following:

  • WA Certificate of Education (WACE), achieved at high school graduation, or its equivalent
  • A scaled mark of 50 or more in English, Literature, or English as an Additional Language or Dialect (all Stage 2 or 3), or equivalent English competency
  • An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) between 95.00 - 99.99 (indicative); in 2014 the minimum ATAR was 97.40

Non school leavers

Applicants who have done previous tertiary study are selected on:

  • Academic performance from previous university study
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining your motivation and aptitude for Veterinary Science
  • Evidence of recent, relevant, refereed veterinary and animal related work experience

Applications are through TISC, and along with your application and personal statement you should also supply a curriculum vitae and references which provide evidence of animal-related work.

You may also wish to include references from employers or teachers as well as any other documentation you feel will strengthen your application.

The first year of the veterinary course includes units in chemistry (if not achieved at a high standard at school), cell biology, statistics, animal structure and function and animal production and handling. Selected applicants who have completed the first year pre-requisites will enter straight into the 4 years of veterinary specific units, while those who still have first year units to complete will be offered a place to finish those units before progressing.

Suggested alternative tertiary courses at Murdoch University that will provide a pathway into the veterinary course are Animal or Biomedical Science majors (both run in the school of Veterinary and Life Sciences).

The number of places available in vet for non-school leavers varies each year, and a successful transfer will depend on the standard of the applicant, their competitive ranking against other applicants, and the number of places available.

English proficiency

In order to gain admission to Murdoch University, students must satisfy Murdoch University English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements (pdf)

How to apply

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia you can apply online.

Not sure if you qualify?

We offer a number of alternative entry pathways if you are from a non-traditional academic background. We'd like to talk to you about your circumstances and identify a suitable pathway.

Please contact our admissions team and let us know a little more about your situation.

Contact Us

For more information email VetAdmission@murdoch.edu.au or please contact our admissions team.

We welcome applications from students straight from school, as well as those who have already done some tertiary study. Selection is based on:

  • Previous high academic performance.
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining your motivation and aptitude for Veterinary Science.
  • Evidence of recent, relevant, refereed veterinary and animal related work experience.

Along with your application and statement, you should supply:

  • Official copies of your academic transcripts (in English).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • References providing evidence of animal-related work.

You may also wish to include references from employers or teachers as well as any other documentation you feel will strengthen your application.

High achieving school leavers will be offered a place in the first year of the 5 year veterinary course. The first year includes units in chemistry (if not achieved at a high standard at school), cell biology, statistics, animal structure and function and animal production and handling. Selected applicants who have completed the first year pre-requisites will enter straight into the 4 years of veterinary specific units, while those who still have first year units to complete will be offered a place to finish those units before progressing.

Recommended school subjects include chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics. Recommended tertiary courses and units that will provide a suitable pathway are those that cover the first year units, particularly cell and animal biology and statistics.

Applications are assessed at four times during the year, at the end of March, June, September and November. Intake is usually at the start of the university year in February.

English proficiency

In order to gain admission to Murdoch University, students must satisfy Murdoch University English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language.

Undergraduate Entry Requirements (pdf)

Other forms of English proficiency may be accepted.

Contact Us

For more information please email VetAdmission@murdoch.edu.au or contact the International admissions team international@murdoch.edu.au.