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Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)

What is the Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science?

The Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science is an intensive three year professional research degree. The degree consists of coursework and applied research leading to a thesis. The first year involves coursework totalling 24 points. By the end of first year, students will have developed a research project in conjunction with their supervisors. The final four semesters (48 points) involve undertaking the research project which will culminate with the writing of a thesis which makes a significant contribution to the knowledge on Veterinary Science. This thesis will be assessed through examination by examiners external to the university.

The degree can be undertaken in full time or part time mode and can be taken internally with students attending Murdoch University or externally. Internet access is required for students studying externally.

Admission requirements

Applicants for this professional degree must have a veterinary degree. This degree can be from any veterinary school, college or faculty in the world. Applicants must have evidence of research training eg a research honours degree, research masters degree, or evidence of research through one or more peer reviewed publications.

Professional recognition

The DVetMedSc is a research degree and is designed for those students who wish to strengthen their theoretical knowledge through coursework as well as gaining significant research experience.

A graduate with a DVetMedSc will not be automatically eligible to practice as a registered veterinary surgeon in Australia. This eligibility will be determined by the various state Veterinary Surgeon Boards and, in the main, will be determined by the graduates initial veterinary degree ie an applicant whose veterinary degree precludes practice as a registered veterinarian in Australia will not be automatically eligible to practice veterinary science in Australia on the completion of the DVetMedSc.

Course structure

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Potential projects and supervisors

Potential students are encouraged to contact academics in the School in their areas of research interest.