School of
Veterinary and
Life Sciences

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Project

The DVM project is a 9-point unit (VET616 Veterinary Professional Investigation) in which students are trained in research methodology and plan and execute a project under the supervision of a staff member with relevant expertise. This is an important part of the veterinary degree, ensuring that graduates are equipped with the skills for a scientific approach in their professional careers and are able to embark on a research career should they choose to. It also places Murdoch amongst an elite group of universities in Australia who have taken their veterinary degrees to the Masters level.

Projects may be across the full spectrum of activities within the broad scope of veterinary activities. Besides animal- and laboratory-based projects, relevant educational, survey-based, economic, business- and engineering-related and technological topics of relevance to animal health are all permissible providing they satisfy the basic requirements of scientific rigour, innovation and autonomy in completion.

The DVM projects also offer an opportunity for students to broaden their experience by undertaking projects externally under the supervision of an external co-supervisor. This opens up new prospects for national and international student-driven exchanges and collaborations. Students are able to block off a number of weeks during their 5th year to enable them to complete project fieldwork away from Perth and its immediate surrounds.

Results of the projects are reported at a conference held during the 5th year of study. Manuscripts suitable for submission for publication are also produced, as well as a blog written for the popular press.