The University of Melbourne
The Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Melbourne
Corner Park Drive and Flemington Road
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 21st 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.
Course duration, entry routes and student numbers
Please note that as from 2011 we will be moving to a new model of education; the Melbourne Model. We will continue to offer exceptional veterinary education through our newly created professional entry graduate degree; the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The new four-year degree will offer 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 that will be offered in the third year of the Bachelor of Science. Students who successfully complete all studies in the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation will have guaranteed entry to the DVM program with 100 points’ credit (one year of DVM study).
2. Students can also complete a science degree at the University of Melbourne or 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.
Number of international students that we accept
We currently accept up to 50 international students from across the globe.
Prerequisites for Admission
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
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 specialization in third year. Students who successfully complete all studies in the Veterinary Bioscience specialization will have guaranteed entry into the DVM, with 100 points’ credit (one year of study), leaving three years of study in the DVM.
2. 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.
3. There is no standardized test required.
International applications will be accepted throughout the course of the year. Applications close on 20 December for entry in 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 recognize 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 further information.
Application fee: AUD$100.
Deferments: Please note that successful applicants may not apply to defer commencement of the new DVM. Students can reapply, and the application fee will be waived for international students.
For more specific information including fee information please refer to the contact information listed above.
Page Updated: March/20/2013