University of Sydney

Faculty of Veterinary Science
JD Stewart building
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Telephone: 02 9351 2441
Fax: 02 9351 3056


As Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney’s reputation spans more than 160 years. We are regularly ranked in the top 0.3% of universities worldwide. We teach more than 50,000 bright minds, with 10,000 international students from more than 145 countries. We’ve taught 145 Olympians, 6 prime ministers, 2 Nobel laureates, 3 astronauts, 110 Rhodes scholars and 1 Pulitzer Prize winner. When you come to study at the University of Sydney, you become part of an inspiring network of leading academics, and distinguished graduates and alumni.

Located only ten minutes by bus from the heart of the Sydney business district, the main Camperdown campus provides easy access to Sydney’s vibrant social scene, Sydney harbour and surrounds. 

One of the best aspects of studying at the University of Sydney is that it is located in the most beautiful city in the ‘down-under’ country of Australia, which is a young, modern and dynamic city.

The Sydney School of Veterinary Science was established in 1910 and is the oldest continuing School of its kind in Australia. We are an international leader in veterinary and animal education and ranked as Australia’s top university and equal 9th in the world for veterinary science in the latest QS World University Rankings (2016). We received a score of 5/5 from Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) for veterinary science research. The School delivers inspirational and innovative student-centered teaching emphasizing life-long, evidence-based learning whilst also providing clinical and research excellence through creative, collaborative programs.

We maintain teaching hospitals on both the inner-city Camperdown campus and the rural Camden campus, where you will work with veterinarians in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites. The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region, while the Wildlife Health and Conservation Clinic provides veterinary services to sick and injured Australian native wildlife; reptiles; and avian, aquatic and exotic pets. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen. We have a strong global network of more than 5,000 alumni across the veterinary, agricultural and public health sectors, including graduates in North America and Canada. Our active student societies, including VetSoc and the Camden Farms Society, ensure a rich and rewarding experience both in and out of the classroom.

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program aims to produce career ready graduates with excellent fundamental knowledge and skills in managing animal health and disease; and in protecting and advancing animal, human and environmental health and welfare locally and globally. Clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commence in the first semester and continue throughout the course. The program culminates in a lecture-free capstone experience year where you will be placed as an intern in a variety of different veterinary clinics and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the University Teaching Hospitals at Sydney and Camden and in our Wildlife Health and Conservation Clinic.

The DVM program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to choose from many career options as a veterinary professional participating in the care and welfare of animals. Completion of the course will provide you with a wide knowledge of the principles associated with every aspect of health and disease in animals—domestic and wild.


The University of Sydney has two pathways for you to study veterinary medicine:

1. Undergraduate applicants: You can apply for entry into a combined six-year Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) on the basis of your secondary school results (plus additional selection criteria). The BVetBiol/DVM commences with two years of undergraduate study in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and if you perform well you will be eligible to progress to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in years 3-6. Undergraduate applications must be direct to the University.

2. Graduate applicants: If you have completed a bachelor degree, and have completed the prerequisite subjects* you can apply for entry into the four-year DVM program. Graduate DVM applications are through VMCAS.

*Prerequisites for the DVM are the successful completion of at least one semester of study in general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry. University of Sydney units of study that meet the prerequisite requirements are provided as examples of the content that all applicants are assumed to have, these can be found on:


Academic Performance:

1. If you are applying as an undergraduate for the BVetBiol/DVM, you will be assessed on the basis of your academic achievement in your final year of secondary education (Year 12 or equivalent) or your tertiary studies from a recognized University. Minimum GPA required for BVetBiol/DVM entry is 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, and you must demonstrate an aptitude for science-based study.

2. If you are applying as a graduate for the DVM, you will be assessed on the basis of your completed bachelor degree from the University of Sydney or another accredited institution, along with your relevant work experience. Minimum GPA required for DVM entry is 2.80 on a 4.00 scale. You must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects, which can be found on

3. Additional requirements and considerations: You are expected to have gained relevant work experience and animal handling. You must demonstrate your relevant work experience in your application. For graduate entry, the minimum work experience is four weeks, undertaken within two years of the application date.


During the inter-semester and intra-semester breaks you will be required to undertake, placements for preparatory clinical and animal husbandry experience. The final year is free of lectures, and instead, you will participate in practice-based activities and the management and care of patients.


Sydney graduates are immediately eligible for registration for practice with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in each Australian state and territory and are recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


Applications for the Undergraduate Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine must be made directly to the University via For the graduate entry DVM, you can apply through VMCAS or directly to the University. Please note, if applying directly, you will need to complete the Supplementary application form available via the University's Courses website:

You may also be interested in obtaining information about the University of Sydney from one of these University representatives:

VMCAS and Direct Application Deadline: Applicants need to check the website for the 2017 opening and closing dates:

It should be noted the semester for the four-year DVM program commences in early February each year.


Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/DVM:

Australian Resident: 40

International: 35

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Graduate entry):

Australian Resident: 22

International: 27


Information on tuition fees can be found on the website relating to each degree:

Last Updated 3/21/2017 srb