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
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
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
COURSE DURATION, ENTRY ROUTES AND STUDENT NUMBERS
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:
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).
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.
NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS THAT WE ACCEPT
We currently accept up
to 50 international students from across the globe.
PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION
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 .unimelb.edu.au.
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.
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
There is no standardised test required.
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 futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/info/international.
For information about
tuition fees please visit future students.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/fees to
access the University’s fee tables for international students.
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: services.unimelb.edu.au
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
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