Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science

Murdoch University

Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science

Murdoch University

Join our internationally-renowned Vet School and get the skills and experience you need to work as a qualified vet. Our Vet Science course takes a science-based approach to prepare you for the highest standard of work in the veterinary industry.

Get hands-on experience with a range of animals

As a Vet Science student, you'll learn hands on skills in General Practice and Emergency areas, right here on campus at our vet hospital and South Street campus farm. You'll also have the chance to complete prac work at other animal shelters and facilities such as the RSPCA, Perth Zoo and The Western Australian Department of Agriculture in Albany.

Some of the best teaching staff in Australasia work at our Vet School - and our small class sizes mean you can make the most of their knowledge and emphasis on practical teaching.

Enjoy a range of career opportunities in Australia and overseas

Our Vet Science course was the first course in Australia to be awarded accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA. This means that you can work at as vet in North America once you have graduated!

This course attracts a mix of students from Australia and other countries, so you'll have the chance to network with a range of people.

Length of Course

5 years full-time after at least one year full-time or equivalent of general science. Guaranteed entry high school leavers at Murdoch must complete the prior year at the University on a full-time basis.

Qualify and apply

We welcome applications from students straight from school, as well as those who have already done some tertiary study. Selection is based on:

  • Previous high academic performance.
  • A typed, signed 500-word personal statement outlining your motivation and aptitude for Veterinary Science.
  • Evidence of recent, relevant, refereed veterinary and animal related work experience.

Along with your application and statement, you should supply:

  • Official copies of your academic transcripts (in English).
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • References providing evidence of animal-related work.

You may also wish to include references from employers or teachers as well as any other documentation you feel will strengthen your application.

High achieving school leavers will be offered a place in the first year of the 5 year veterinary course. The first year includes units in chemistry (if not achieved at a high standard at school), cell biology, statistics, animal structure and function and animal production and handling. Selected applicants who have completed the first year pre-requisites will enter straight into the 4 years of veterinary specific units, while those who still have first year units to complete will be offered a place to finish those units before progressing.

Recommended school subjects include chemistry, mathematics, biology and physics. Recommended tertiary courses and units that will provide a suitable pathway are those that cover the first year units, particularly cell and animal biology and statistics.

Applications are assessed at four times during the year, at the end of March, June, September and November. Intake is usually at the start of the university year in February.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 3, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Feb. 2017
5 years
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Start date Feb. 2017
Australia Perth, Western Australia
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