Undergraduate course

Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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

What type of student are you?

Murdoch code

B1330

Study mode

Full Time

Duration (years)

5

Selection rank

98

CRICOS code

083416M
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Get hands-on experience

Learn real-world skills in facilities that include veterinary teaching hospitals, clinics and a working farm, all located on the Perth campus.

Five-star rating

For skills development for veterinary science, which can include placements with Perth Zoo, farms and vet practices. 1

Globally accredited degree

Qualify to register and practice as a veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Singapore, Malaysia and North Amercia.

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Overview

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.

3 reasons to study Veterinary Science at Murdoch

  1. Our veterinary science course is accredited with a number of leading associations around the world, including the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc, American Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
  2. Learn real-world skills in our state-of-the-art facilities that include veterinary teaching hospitals, clinics and a working farm, all located on the Perth campus.
  3. 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.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are 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.

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Structure

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Entry requirements

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

Find out more

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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