Also Visit:
The Future of Veterinary Medicine

University of Sydney

Faculty of Veterinary Science
JD Stewart building
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Telephone: 02 9351 2441
Fax: 02 9351 3056


The University of Sydney, founded in 1850, is Australia’s first university. Over the past 150 years, the University has built an international reputation for its outstanding teaching and as a centre of research excellence. It is one of the largest universities in Australia, with over 47,000 students, including 9,000 international students from more than 100 different countries.

Located only ten minutes by bus from the heart of the Sydney business district, the main Camperdown campus provides easy access to Syd­ney’s vibrant social scene, Syd­ney harbour and surrounds.

One of the best aspects of studying at the University of Sydney is that it is located in the most beautiful city in the ‘down-under’ country of Australia, and is a young, modern and bustling city that is very much alive.

The Faculty of Veterinary Science was established in 1910 and is the oldest continuing Faculty of its kind in Australia. The Faculty is an international leader in veterinary and ani­mal education and is ranked 5/5 for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) for veterinary science research. The Fac­ulty delivers inspirational and innovative student-centered teaching that leads to an acceptance of the need for life-long, evidence-based learning whilst also providing clinical and research excellence through creative, collaborative programs.

The exciting new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program aims to produce career ready graduates with excellent fundamental knowledge and skills in man­aging animal health and disease; and in protecting and advancing animal, human and environmental health and welfare locally and globally. Teaching is research-driven to so that students learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, animal production, wildlife conservation, biomedical science, animal health, welfare and veterinary medicine, and veterinary public health in a global context. Clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commence in the first se­mester and continue throughout the course. The program culminates in a capstone experience year where students are placed as an intern in veterinary clinics of all varieties and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the University teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.

The Faculty maintains teaching hospitals on both the inner-city Camperdown campus and the rural Camden campus, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites. The University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region., while the Wildlife Health and Conservation Clinic pro­vides veterinary services to sick and injured Australian native wildlife, reptiles, avian, aquatic and exotic pets. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen.

The DVM program produces graduates with the knowl­edge and skills to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals. Completion of the course ensures students have a wide knowledge of the principles associated with every aspect of health and disease in animals—domestic and native.


In 2015 the University of Sydney will have two path­ways for students wishing to study veterinary medicine:

  1. Undergraduate applicants: Students can apply for entry into a combined six-year Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM) on the basis of their secondary school results (plus ad­ditional selection criteria). The BVetBiol/ DVM commences with two years of un­dergraduate study in the Bachelor of Veteri­nary Biology and students who perform well will be eligible to progress to the Veterinary Medicine program in years 3-6.
  2. Graduate applicants: Students may also com­plete a science-based bachelor degree from Sydney or any other institution and then apply for entry into the four-year DVM program.
  3. Graduate students will need to have successfully com­pleted at least one semester of study in general chemis­try (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology and biochemistry as part of their science degree.



Academic Performance:

  1. International students must have achieved a similar standard to that expected of an Australian student seeking entry. BVetBiol/DVM Undergraduate applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic achievement in their final year of secondary education (Year 12 or equivalent) or their ter­tiary studies from a recognized University. Minimum GPA required for BVetBiol/DVM entry is 2.80 on a 4.00 scale, and applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for the sciences. DVM Graduate Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their completed Bachelor’s de­gree from the University of Sydney or another institution. Minimum GPA required for DVM entry is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Gradu­ates must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects listed above.
  2. Standardized examinations (BVetBiol/DVM applicants only): BVetBiol/DVM applicants must submit results from the International Student Admission Test (ISAT) http:// GRE scores may be submitted in lieu of ISAT scores. There is no standardized test for DVM Graduate entry
  3. Additional requirements and considerations: All applicants are expected to have gained relevant work experience and animal handling. This should be demonstrated on the “Commitment to Veterinary Science” form that can be down­loaded from the faculty web site http://sydney.



During the inter-semester and intra-semester breaks stu­dents are required to undertake, placements for prepara­tory clinical and animal husbandry experience. The final year is lecture free with students participating in practice-based activities and the management and care of patients.


Sydney graduates are immediately eligible for registra­tion for practice by all Australian state and territory vet­erinary surgeons’ boards and are recognised by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom and the American Veterinary Medical Association.


All international applicants can apply directly to the University of Sydney using the on-line application sys­tem:

Prospective international students may obtain informa­tion about the University of Sydney from these Univer­sity representatives: /international/undergraduate/find-an-agent.php

Application deadline: 31 October, however late appli­cations will be considered if the quota has not been reached. Applications will be accepted throughout the year and assessed as soon as they are received.

For more information please visit the International Of­fice website at

Standardized test deadline for BVetBiol/DVM: 31 Octo­ber. Results must be submitted with application.


Australian resident: 90

International: 40


International student: AUD$54,600

Australian resident (government supported): UD$10,388

Australian resident: AUD$48,000

Tuition fees are indexed annually.

Page Updated: 05/05/14

Find a Veterinary School Near You! Friday, February 5, 2016

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2016 Recognition Lecture Award

read more Monday, February 1, 2016

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2016 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award

read more Friday, January 22, 2016

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2016 Excellence in Research Award

read more Journal of Veterinary Medical Education