Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be a vet to undertake this course?

No, this course is specifically designed for non-veterinarians.  Veterinarians can apply for our Master of Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine.

What qualifications do I need?

Completion of an AQF Level 8 qualification (e.g. Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma), in the biological, ecological, environmental or animal sciences.  Students with a Bachelor's degree in the biological, ecological, environmental or animal sciences with relevant work experience are also eligible for admission as determined by the Academic Chair.  Further information including English requirements can be found online.

Can I study this course entirely online?

Yes, you can study the course full-time or part-time, on campus or completely externally.

How long does it take to complete the course?

The course can be completed in one year full-time, or up to four years part-time. 

What about the short course?

The short course is offered to students who are able to come to the Murdoch campus in Perth, Western Australia.  This course runs over 5-days and offers practical training in sample collection, first aid for wildlife, necropsies of wildlife species, manual restraint and chemical immobilisation, and euthanasia techniques.  It is not compulsory to attend this short course, however it provides an opportunity to apply the theoretical skills in an intensive framework.

How is the course offered completely externally?

External students have access to online lectures, audiovisual material, reading material, and a discussion forum to engage with other students and their tutors.  It is also possible to sit your exams externally by arrangement with the university.

What is the difference between a placement and a research dissertation?

Students have the opportunity to complete either placements or a research dissertation during the program.

Up to two placements are possible during the degree, with agencies or organisations working in wildlife health, and students are encouraged to use these placements to apply their learning and make connections for future career pathways.

Those wishing to be eligible to apply for a PhD scholarship in the future can complete a research dissertation instead of the placements, the topic of which will be decided in advance with the Academic Chair.