Veterinary Studies (Veterinary Surveillance)

Master of Veterinary Studies (MVS)

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This course will provide veterinarians with knowledge and expertise in epidemiology, and in particular, skills needed for disease surveillance, animal health policy development and evaluation, including risk assessment and economic analysis.

Key details for

  • Selection Rank

  • Course Code

    • M1121
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

    • 048802C
  • Course Code

    • M1121
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

Veterinary surveillance is an essential component for the protection of animal health, as well as the protection of public health and food systems, through the detection, response and eradication of animal diseases.

In this course, you’ll develop the skills necessary for effective disease surveillance and implementation of disease control strategies. You’ll gain training on the diagnosis, detection and control of endemic as well as new, emerging and re-emerging diseases.

You’ll learn the skills required to manage the challenges and complexity of the issues faced in disease control, prevention or eradication programmes, including the economic analysis of a program.  

You’ll also develop specific research skills by completing a research project in the field of veterinary epidemiology or public health.

3 reasons to study Master of Veterinary Studies in Veterinary Surveillance at Murdoch

  • Learn from industry experts who are conducting research of international significance.
  • Study on your own terms with flexible full or part-time study, either on campus or online.
  • Take advantage of scholarships, such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Awards and the Australia Award program.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • application of epidemiological principles to surveillance and disease control in animals
  • design and implementation of disease control strategies
  • diagnosis, detection and control of new and re-emerging diseases
  • design, conduct and analyse epidemiological studies, risk analyses and economic analyses
  • emerging endemic and epidemic infectious diseases and their impacts.

Your career

This degree will enhance employment opportunities for veterinarians working in Australia and overseas by allowing specialisation in the latest methods to develop and evaluate disease control programs in production animals. You will be part of the strong network between private veterinary practitioners, livestock producers and government agencies involved in animal health surveillance. Graduates from the Veterinary Surveillance program hold senior positions in government departments in countries around the world, as well as research centres, and pharmaceutical companies. Other students have continued their studies and completed PhDs at Murdoch. There is growing demand for veterinarians with specialist training in surveillance and epidemiology within consultancy companies and international organisations.

Careers could include:

  • Technical, research or advisory roles within organisations such as the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN (FAO)
  • Senior role at state or national department or agency such as the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Animal Health Policy Advisor or Decision-maker
  • District Veterinary Officer.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus or external
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic 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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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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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. Our International Welcome Scholarship therefore offers eligible students between $8,000 and $11,000, depending on the course you study. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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

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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.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

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.

Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.

 

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 all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • A certified copy of your veterinary degree
  • A certified copy of current registration with your local Veterinary Surgeon?s Board
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Two referee reports - one academic and one personal
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining how your veterinary work experience relates to this course
  • Evidence of recent continuing professional development (e.g. names and dates of CVE events attended, journals read, in-house training sessions)

Your Document Checklist

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

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • A certified copy of your veterinary degree
  • A certified copy of current registration with your local Veterinary Surgeon?s Board
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae
  • Two referee reports - one academic and one personal
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining how your veterinary work experience relates to this course
  • Evidence of recent continuing professional development (e.g. names and dates of CVE events attended, journals read, in-house training sessions)
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)