Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Veterinary Biology + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

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Becoming a qualified veterinarian through Murdoch’s internationally accredited Veterinary Science course will enable you to provide the full range of care for animals.

Key details for

  • Selection Rank

    • 98
  • Course Code

    • B1330
    • B1341
  • Study Mode

    • Full-time
  • Course Duration

    • 5 years full-time
  • CRICOS Code

    • 083416M
  • Course Code

    • B1330
    • B1341
  • Study Mode

    • Full-time
  • Course Duration

    • 5 years full-time

Course Description

Do you want to be a veterinarian? Western Australia’s only Veterinary Science course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and practical experience necessary to solve the existing and emerging problems of our companion animals, livestock and wildlife.

A science-based approach and hands-on experience will prepare you for the highest standard of work in the veterinary industry.

To become a qualified veterinarian, you will need to complete a three-year, 6 semester Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) that progresses into an integrated two-year, 6 trimester DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).  You are therefore able to complete your full qualification over 5 calendar years.

Students with prior university study in a relevant discipline may be eligible for advanced standing for first year units, with an opportunity for an accelerated option to complete an additional mandatory first year unit over summer. These students can be considered for entry into the second year of the veterinary course, thereby completing the degree over 4 calendar years.

5 reasons to study Veterinary Science

  • Be able to register as a veterinarian, to diagnose and treat diseases of animals, and to care for their health and welfare.
  • Develop knowledge and skills that you can use to help your clients and their animals.
  • Learn real-world skills in facilities that include veterinary teaching hospitals, clinics and working farm, all located on the Perth campus.
  • Extend your experience with all species of animals by completing placements with animal shelters, the Perth Zoo and a wide range of farms and veterinary practices, both in Australia and internationally.
  • Class sizes are restricted, so that you can make the most of the knowledge and practical training provided by some of the best veterinary teaching staff in Australia and beyond. 

Some of the things you’ll learn

  • veterinary structure and function
  • principles of surgery, anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging
  • processes in animal disease
  • health and management of production animals
  • avian, wildlife and exotic pet medicine.

Your future career

When you graduate you will be prepared for a career in animal health related fields, with animals of all species and sizes.  You could work in primary care or emergency hospitals, in small animal practice, in large animal or mixed practice, or as a government veterinarian.

Careers could include:

  • Veterinary Clinician in private practice or academia
  • Industry Consultant in agriculture, equestrian sport, animal welfare, animal behaviour
  • Government Veterinarian, working on biosecurity, food security, herd disease and management
  • Researcher in all aspects related to animal health and welfare, including animal models of disease.

You could undertake specialist training in a wide range of clinical disciplines such as surgery, medicine, pathology, reproduction, or dermatology.

Professional recognition

On graduation, you will be qualified to register immediately and practise as a veterinarian in Australia and other countries, including New Zealand, the UK, Singapore, Malaysia and North America. Full accreditation of the Murdoch course by the American Veterinary Medical Association means that you would be in the same category as North American graduates and eligible to sit the USA National Veterinary Licensing Examination.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Not available (Domestic students)
    • Not available (International students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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Special Requirements

Veterinary Science is an animal-based course. Students are required to participate in practical work involving living and dead animals and/or tissues from animals throughout the course.

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Fees & Scholarships for

At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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Be welcomed into the Murdoch University community with one of our three different Welcome Scholarships: the International Welcome Scholarship, International Welcome Scholarship – Australia or International Honours Welcome Scholarship.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Please note, you must apply for this course via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Sorry, this course does not accept admissions for commencement in Semester 2. Please consider starting your studies in Semester 1 of the following year.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

Sorry, this course does not accept admissions for commencement in Semester 2. Please consider starting your studies in Semester 1 of the following year.

 

Your Application Checklist

  • Check the course details
  • Check the entry requirements for the course to clarify your eligibility
  • Check your eligibility for a scholarship
  • Prepare your documentation (see the checklist below)
  • Ask us any questions you might have (we're here to help!)
  • Now you're ready to apply!

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

School leavers:

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • ATAR results

Non-school leavers:

  • Evidence of recent, relevant, refereed veterinary and animal related work experience
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining your motivation and ability for Veterinary Science
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have some or all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)
  • Evidence of recent, relevant, refereed veterinary and animal related work experience (if available)
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining your motivation and ability for Veterinary Science
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae

Applications are assessed five times a year, so ensure your documents are submitted by 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 October or 30 November. Successful applicants will commence at either the start of Semester 1 or 2, depending on the assessment of your application and recognition of any prior learning.