Do you have a passion for animal health and welfare? The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science double degree from Charles Sturt University will prepare you for a career as a registered veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
This course was developed in close consultation with the veterinary industry to answer the needs of rural and regional communities for veterinarians who have the knowledge and skills to work with farm livestock and horses, companion animals and wildlife.
Industry-relevant: This course aims to provide highly competent veterinary graduates with a strong commitment to animal health, welfare and research, and to the development and protection of animal industries.
Build key networks while you study: Besides your workplace learning placements and clinical rotations, you'll study at a single rural site for the six years of your course. Placements create a strong sense of connection between staff and students at all levels of the program. Charles Sturt University also enjoys the support of an enthusiastic and engaged regional community; ready access to a wide range of veterinary practices and farms; and the relaxed, enjoyable and affordable lifestyle which comes with living in a thriving regional centre of more than 60,000 people.
A holistic learning experience: You'll develop skills in the diagnosis and management of disease in all common species of farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and fish) and companion animals (horses, dogs and cats). The course provides a solid grounding in agricultural production systems and the integration of nutrition, genetics, economics and epidemiology for the optimal management of herds and flocks. Practical sessions with live animals start in your first week and continue throughout the course. In addition to your scientific and clinical skills training, you'll also develop a range of life and business skills that will help you in your work as a rural and/or regional veterinarian.
Secure a highly valued learning experience: Admission to this course is highly competitive, with approximately 350 applications received for the 66 available places each year. Successful applicants are required to demonstrate excellent academic achievements, superior communication skills, and a genuine commitment to animals, livestock industries and working in rural and regional communities.
The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, through the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee, accredits this course on a seven-year major report and site visit cycle, as well as an annual report.
Pursue a career in clinical practice - Work in a veterinary clinic with animal owners, producers and communities to provide veterinary services, such as medicine, surgery and optimising herd/flock health and production. You'll be able to use the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the course, such as diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, reproduction and clinical reasoning.
Become an industry specialist - You may choose to specialise in one area of practice, such as dairy, equine or pigs, or become a herd health consultant or a nutrition or genetics specialist in a commercial farming organisation. Use your expertise to resolve challenges in the health and disease management of individual animals, herds and flocks.
Protect public health - Implement on-farm biosecurity and hygienic practices, and assess quality assurance systems with regard to the production of food for human consumption. Working with government authorities, assess and communicate risks relating to outbreak investigations and other emerging public health issues.
As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.
To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 384 points.
Course entry requirements
For more information on course entry requirements visit the Charles Sturt website
Note: If you are an international student, but living in and undertaking an educational qualification in Australia, follow the application procedures as for Australian citizens and residents.
Selection criteria for international applicants
To gain entry to the course, international applicants are required to meet the following selection criteria:
a high level of academic ability demonstrated through previous studies, especially in mathematics and the sciences
a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, rural and/or regional communities, veterinary science and animal production
an understanding of the unique ethical and practical issues that confront veterinarians involved with rural and/or regional practice and animal production
the capacity to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
have completed the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or another government-approved language test with an average overall score of 7.0 or better, with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections, undertaken within the last two years, or have completed formal education in an English-speaking country.
When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.
Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
The CRICOS code for Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science is 068968D