The University of Melbourne

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. Currently, we are the top ranked university in Australia.

In July 2014 the Faculty of Veterinary Science officially became the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Our teaching and research activities have now grown to encompass all activities related to on-farm animal and plant production, food systems and soil science from the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems in the former Melbourne School of Land and Environment, alongside our veterinary and bioscience focused research and teaching. The new faculty brings together the complementary disciplines of veterinary, agricultural, food and bio sciences, creating better cohesion across our courses and strengthening our capability in teaching, research and technology development. Our school was the very first veterinary school to be established in Australia, and celebrated its centenary in 2009.

Our Veterinary program is delivered across 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.

In addition to your general training, you can select a track in your third year in your chosen area of interest. You will have the opportunity to be involved in extra practical classes and activities with classmates who share your interests. The tracks available are:

1. Production Animal
Small Animal
Government, industry and conservation health

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 and Agricultural Sciences 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. Students can enter the veterinary science program by one of two pathways:

1. As a graduate student by completing a science or agricultural degree at another institution or at the University of Melbourne. Students who follow this pathway will enter the four-year graduate entry DVM program.
Via the undergraduate pathway by gaining entry to the Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Melbourne and achieving selection at the end of their second year.


Each year level has a total of 130 students with approximately 50 places reserved for international students.


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
2. Entrance to the DVM as a graduate: Applicants will require a science or agricultural 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 or agricultural degree.
3. Entrance to the DVM as an undergraduate: 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 their studies will have guaranteed entry into the DVM, with credit for one year of study, leaving three years of study in the DVM.
4. There is no standardised test or interview required.


International applications will be accepted throughout the year. Applications close in late December, for enrollment commencing in February the following year. 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 attempt 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 or apply through one of our overseas representatives. Visit


For information about tuition fees please visit:

• Undergraduate (e.g., Bachelor of Science)
• Graduate (e.g. DVM)

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:

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.

Last Updated 3/21/2016 sam

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