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Admissions Office
The Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Melbourne
Corner Park Drive and Flemington Road
Parkville 3010
Melbourne, Victoria
Tel: + (613) 8344 7357
Fax: + (613) 8344 7374


The University of Melbourne has a 150-year history of leadership in research, innovation, teaching and learning. As a University of Melbourne student, you will become part of a dynamic collegial environment with a distinctive research edge. Throughout its history the University of Melbourne has educated some of the world’s most eminent scientists and researchers and this tradition continues today.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science was the very first vet­erinary school established in Australia, and celebrated its centenary in 2009. It is con­centrated on two sites: the city-centre University cam­pus in Parkville and the Wer­ribee campus, where students study in a state-of-the-art teaching hospital designed to support top-class veterinary education in the twenty-first century. Facilities include ten consulting rooms, modern diagnostic capabilities in­cluding endoscopy, CT, MRI, image intensification, scintigraphy, on-site diagnostic pathology laboratories and a 24-hour small animal emergency and critical care unit.

The veterinary program is made up of industry-linked learning, practical components and internship opportunities. Students gain experience in animal handling, care and management and undertake pro­fessional work experience between semesters and aca­demic years, as well as having hands-on experience throughout the course. The school has strong programs in small animal medicine, equine, dairy cattle, sheep and beef cattle medicine.

The degree is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK), and by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc. These accreditations reflect the high quality and international standing of the course and permits graduates of the course to work as veterinarians in a wide range of countries including North America.

Our success has been achieved by insisting on inter­national excellence. Talented people from all over the world come to visit, study and work at the University of Melbourne. At last count, the University’s student community of 44,000 included more than 9,800 inter­national students from over 100 countries.

We invite you to join our tradition and discover why staff and students of the highest calibre are attracted to study at the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the Uni­versity of Melbourne.


The University of Melbourne offers studies in veteri­nary education through our professional entry graduate degree; the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The four-year degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. As a result of this change, students can enter the veterinary science program by one of two pathways:

  1.   Students can apply for entry into the three-year Bachelor of Science degree at the Uni­versity of Melbourne. After completing prerequisite first and second year subjects,  Students will apply for selection to the Vet­erinary Bioscience specialisation of the Ani­mal Health and Disease major that is offered in the third year of the Bachelor of Science. Students who successfully complete all stud­ies in the Veterinary Bioscience specialization and who successfully complete the Bachelor of Science overall will have guar­anteed entry to the DVM program with 100 points’ credit (one year of DVM study).
  2. Students can complete a science degree at another institution, and then apply for entry to the DVM at the University of Melbourne. Students will need to have studied at least one semester in each of general or cellular biology and biochemistry within their sci­ence degree. Students who follow this path­way will enter the four-year graduate-entry DVM program.


We currently accept up to 50 international students from across the globe.


  1. Entrance to the DVM via the Melbourne Bachelor of Science: North American stu­dents should refer to the University’s inter­national prospectus for up to date details about entrance requirements for the Bach­elor of Science by visiting futurestudents
  2. After completing prerequisite first and sec­ond year subjects in the Bachelor of Science, students will be eligible to apply for entry to the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation of the Animal Health and Disease major in third year. Students who successfully com­plete all studies in the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation will have guaranteed entry into the DVM, with 100 points’ credit (one year of study), leaving three years of study in the DVM.
  3. Entrance to the DVM as a graduate: Ap­plicants will require a science degree from the University of Melbourne or another in­stitution. Examples of appropriate degrees include Bachelor’s degrees with majors in: Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology. Pre­requisites for entry as a graduate are at least one semester of study in each of general or cellular biology and biochemistry as part of a science degree.
  4. There is no standardised test required.


International applications will be accepted throughout the year. Applications close in late December, com­mencing enrolment into the following year, however, this is subject to places still being available. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid dis­appointment. Applications will be considered as soon as they are received. We recognise the amount of time required by successful applicants to make arrangements for international travel and study and we try to give them as much advance notice as possible.

Students apply via the International Admissions Of­fice at the University of Melbourne. They can choose to apply online, download an application form, apply through one of our overseas representatives or request an undergraduate application form to be posted to them. Visit


For information about tuition fees please visit future to access the University’s fee tables for international students.

Application fee: AUD$100

Visas: All non-Australian students require a student visa, which is easily obtained following an offer of admission into our program. More information can be viewed on the website: /international/visas/apply.

Deferments: Please note that successful applicants may not defer commencement of the DVM. Students can reapply for a start year intake when they are able to commence studies, and the application fee will be waived for international students.

Page Updated: 05/05/14

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