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 http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Future-students/International-students/Applying-to-Murdoch/English-requirements.
There are four application deadlines
each year, which are: March 31, June 30, September 30 and November 30.
Some candidates may be eligible
to begin in late July.
not applicable. Students are to apply direct via Murdoch.
Application form can be found at http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Future-students/International-students/Applying-to-Murdoch/Application-forms
Deposit to hold
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.
Is a Bachelor’s
Is this an
AUD 29,000 progressing to AUD 81,000. *Based on 2015