Murdoch University

Murdoch International
Murdoch University
South Street
Murdoch 6150
Western Australia
Tel: (61-8) 9360 6000
Fax: (61-8) 9360 6491


Western Australia is a beautiful part of Australia with a warm sunny climate. It has some of the world’s most precious natural phenomena including Ningaloo Reef and the 350-million-year-old Bungle Bungle Range in the north, and the towering Karri forests of the south west. Perth is a modern, safe cosmopolitan city with a relaxed lifestyle that focuses on the outdoors. There are wineries, beaches, bushland, and unique wildlife within easy reach of the city, and a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, restaurants, pubs and thriving nightlife in the city center.

Murdoch University is a public university based in Perth, with campuses also in Singapore and Dubai. It began operations as the state’s second university in 1973, and accepted its first students in 1975. The University is located 15km south of the central business district of Perth, and about 8 kilometers east of the port city of Fremantle. It currently is home to over 22,500 students including approximately 3,000 international students from over 90 countries.

Veterinary students from Murdoch graduate with a double degree (Bachelor of Science [Veterinary Biology] and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) from a course that takes a total of five years to complete. The course is designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in pets, farm animals, wildlife and laboratory animals. Veterinary students learn in a practice atmosphere with the final year of study lecture free and devoted entirely to clinical exposure, including time spent at Perth Zoo.

The Veterinary Biology degree (3 years) encompasses both normal and abnormal aspects of vertebrate structure and function. The first year comprises units which introduce the scientific process, analysis of data and the form and function of the animal body; units in the second year include information on animal development, structure, function and metabolism; and units in the third year cover general aspects of the causes and nature of disease and its control. A further 6 trimesters of study over 2 calendar years leads to a Masters level degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) which is a registrable veterinary qualification.

Murdoch students have access to excellent facilities, all on the one campus, including a 24-hour emergency clinic, large and small animal practices, an on campus farm and an equine hospital, as well as production animal and equine ambulatory services. The thriving practices have busy caseloads, serviced by many specialist clinicians, so that students can gain extensive experience. The new BSc/DVM curriculum is designed to keep Murdoch at the forefront of veterinary education. This curriculum allows more time for students to develop areas of special interest through non-core rotations, externships and extramural experience. A Veterinary Professional Life stream is integrated throughout the course to assist students in their transition to future careers in veterinary science and provides a strong focus for developing professional life skills within the veterinary profession.

The veterinary science degree is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK), and the Australian Veterinary Boards Council. Completing your Veterinary Science degree Murdoch saves you years of study, and potentially thousands of dollars; this is because with the correct preparation, the 4 years of veterinary specific tuition can be entered into after only one year of tertiary study in general biological science. Once you have finished your degree at Murdoch, you are eligible to sit your exams with the AVMA just as you would if you completed your studies in North America.


For specific information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above. All non-residents require a student visa, which is easily obtained following an offer of admission into the veterinary course. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competency in the English language, further details can be found at



There are four application deadlines each year, which are: March 31, June 30, September 30 and November 30.

School begins: mid-February

Some candidates may be eligible to begin in late July.

VMCAS application deadline: not applicable. Students are to apply direct via Murdoch. Application form can be found at

Deposit to hold a position: $1,000 AUD payable upon acceptance of offer


Students who have completed one or more years of tertiary study and who have satisfied the appropriate prerequisites are eligible to apply for entry into second year of the 5-year program. Currently the prerequisites include units in chemistry, statistics and data analysis, introductory animal anatomy and physiology, cell and molecular biology and vertebrae structure and function, plus a unit that explores the basic building blocks for science students and another that introduces the history and philosophy of science and the interconnected nature of scientific disciplines. A unit covering the principles of livestock science in an Australian context is also a prerequisite. This unit incorporates mandatory components that include animal handling competence of the common farm animals and a farm safety course. For students entering at the start of 2nd year a summer version of this unit is available.

Applications are also accepted from school leavers, with high achievers offered a place in the first year at Murdoch with a guaranteed progression into the veterinary specific course, provided they pass all first year units at the first attempt. Other applicants will be formally selected from those who have successfully completed one year or more of tertiary study, including the prerequisite units listed above, or equivalent units (excluding the livestock science unit). Applicants are required to supply with the application form (1) a curriculum vitae (CV) and (2) a typed Personal Statement of up to 500 words to which should be attached documents such references, and which should outline why you wish to become a veterinarian. You should include information such as how you consider your past study and experience to date will assist you to succeed in the veterinary course and in the veterinary profession. If you have any fails/late withdrawals in your post-secondary/tertiary study, you should explain the circumstances for your poor performance and why those circumstances will not apply to your Murdoch studies. You should aim to demonstrate your motivation and preparation for veterinary science.

Assessment of the application will be based on the academic standard achieved in all previous tertiary study, the personal statement, and documented evidence of recent veterinary and animal related experience. Applicants who have satisfied the appropriate prerequisites may be offered a place in the second year of the BSc/DVM course. If not, an offer may be made into the first year of the course, with an assured progression into the second year after successful completion of all units in that year at the first attempt.

Deferments: considered on merit

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? yes


Estimated Tuition Resident: n/a

Estimated Annual Tuition Non-Resident: AUD 29,000 progressing to AUD 81,000. *Based on 2015 values.


Resident: n/a

Non-Resident: 45

VMCAS Participation: non-VMCAS

Accepts International Students? yes


Application Deadline: 11/30/2016

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