Why study the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Veterinary science is the application of medical, diagnostic, and therapeutic principles to companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife, and production animals. Veterinary science is vital to the study and protection of animal production practices, herd health and monitoring spread of widespread disease. It requires the acquisition and application of scientific knowledge in multiple disciplines and uses technical skills towards disease prevention in both domestic and wild animals. Human health is protected by veterinary science working closely with many medical professionals by the careful monitoring of livestock health as well as its unique training in epidemiology and emerging zoonotic diseases worldwide.
Veterinarians assist in ensuring the quality, quantity, and security of food supplies by working to maintain the health of livestock. Veterinary scientists are very important in chemical, biological, and pharmacological research.
All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for admission into this programme. If you’re currently studying year 12 (or equivalent) in Australia or New Zealand, you need to meet this programme’s minimum OP or Rank score. If you’re currently completing your senior schooling elsewhere, you need to meet this programme’s minimum equivalent international entry score. If you’re not a current school leaver, your application will be considered on an individual basis.
Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, Chemistry, Mathematics B PLUS either Physics or Biology.
IELTS overall 7; speaking 7; reading 6; writing 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy below. In order to gain entry to an academic programme at UQ, you will have to demonstrate you have the appropriate level of English language skills.
To meet the UQ's English language proficiency requirements, you must demonstrate one of the following:
- a score equivalent to four semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Studies Authority English, English for ESL Learners or Australian or international equivalent. Less than four semesters may be considered for some programmes.
- at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent test. Some programmes have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual programme requirements.
Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered. Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).
International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).
The courses offered in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.
The Programme Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.
Honours are awarded to all graduates of this programme. Honours are awarded in the following classes:
- Class I
- Class IIA
- Class IIB
- Class IIIA
- Class IIIB
Class of honours depends on your GPA.
Practicals, placements and internships
Students are required to undertake eight (8) weeks of vacation work (in their own time) by the end of their third year of study Professional memberships Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:
- Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.
- American Veterinary Medical Association.
- Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.