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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. Famous for its sandstone buildings, lawns, courtyards and parklands setting the University of Sydney’s main campus is spread across 72-hectares and features sports ovals, three sports centres, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two major complexes devoted to student recreation and services, the famous Quadrangle and many other beautiful modern and historic buildings.
Located only ten minutes by bus from the heart of the Sydney business district, the main campus provides easy access to national and international companies based in the city and its surrounding suburbs.
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 research. The Faculty maintains teaching hospitals on both the Camperdown and Camden campuses, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, while the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen.

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 Veterinary Science 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.
Entry Pathways
In 2015 the University of Sydney will be moving to a four-year graduate entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). Students will be able to enter the program by two pathways:

1. Undergraduate applicants: From 2014 students can apply for entry into a combined six-year degree program commencing with a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (BVetBiol) and on the successful completion of the first two years will be eligible to progress to the Veterinary Medicine program.

Admission to the BVetBiol is based on a level of assumed knowledge, comprising Higher School Certificate (HSC) (or equivalent) chemistry, mathematics and physics, with biology as a distinct advantage. Prospective students who have not reached this level in these subjects will be permitted to enrol but must be aware of the need to undertake supplementary work to avoid placing themselves at a disadvantage.

2. Graduate applicants: Students may also complete a science based bachelor degree from Sydney or any other institution and then apply for entry into year one of the DVM program which will be available from 2015.


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.
Admission Requirements
Academic Performance: International students must have achieved a similar standard to that expected of an Australian student seeking entry. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic achievement in their final year of secondary education (Year 12 or equivalent) for the BSc (Veterinary Biology) or their tertiary studies from a recognized University for entry into the DVM. Minimum GPA required for DVM entry is 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, however, applicants must demonstrate and aptitude for the sciences.

Standardized examinations: Direct entry into the DVM requires students to submit result from the International Student Admission Test (ISAT) (Applicants may submit GRE scores in lieu of ISAT scores.)

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
Practical Experience

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

Professional Recognition

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

Additional Information

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.

Standardize Test deadline: 31 October. Results must be submitted with application.

All international applicants must apply directly to the University of Sydney International Office using the On-line Application system. .
For more information please visit the International Office website at .
New Entrants
Australian resident 90
International 40
Tuition Fees 2013
International Student AUD$49,920
Australian resident (government supported) AUD$  9,792
Australian resident AUD$45,120
Tuition fees are indexed annually.
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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