Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - The University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital video tour
Melbourne Veterinary students on location at the Lost Dogs Home
The University of Melbourne's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program commenced in 2011 in Australia. Prior to this, the
university offered a veterinary science professional degree at the undergraduate level. The Melbourne DVM is a four-year, master's
level course that enables entry into the veterinary profession.
The four-year, graduate-entry DVM degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first century
careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with
plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.
Through the DVM, students will undertake integrated studies that encourage and facilitate learning. The first and second year of
the DVM will be taught at Veterinary Pre-Clinical Campus on the university's main Parkville campus in downtown Melbourne.
The third and fourth years will be taught at the Werribee campus of the University of Melbourne and the University's Veterinary
Hospital, just outside Melbourne. The fourth year of the program will be devoted to workplace and experiential learning in the
University's busy Veterinary Hospital, in private practices and industry. There will also be the opportunity to undertake research
during the final year.
The quality of the University of Melbourne's current veterinary medicine training program is reflected in its accreditation by
the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA). Accreditation allows Melbourne DVM graduates to practise in many other countries without further qualification.
Unique Features of the Program
-The first DVM program offered in Australia.
-The program is highly focused to produce graduates that can succeed in clinical practice, government and industry in
Australia and internationally.
-Students work closely with teachers in practical classes and small clinical groups.
-Students complete work experience placements with veterinarians appointed as academic associates in zoos, laboratories, and
rural and urban practices, providing a broad range of clinical experience.
-Hands-on animal experience from first year.
-A busy veterinary teaching clinic and hospital with an emergency and critical care unit.
-A new equine diagnostic centre.
-A close association with the veterinary profession, all animal industries, several animal welfare and wildlife refuge
centres, and an on-farm consultancy service;
-Elective clinical rotations may be undertaken within Australia and overseas.
Why Canadians Will Like the Program
The university is located in the city of Melbourne, which has been designated as one of the world's most livable cities.
The University of Melbourne is Australia's leading research university, and offers a wide range of courses in a campus environment
and with a large selection of student clubs and societies. Students have the opportunity to meet other local and international
students from diverse backgrounds but with shared interests.
In the Faculty of Veterinary Science, the academic and personal welfare of all students is a high priority. There are two
designated international student mentors, and on-site residential accommodation at the Veterinary Clinical Centre at Werribee.
Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Melbourne DVM program!
2014 Intake Reviews
"Love my program and the weather so far! I will definitely add more favourites to my list. Love the program, very hands
on and the professors are very personal. Melb uni has an amazing teaching staff. I am already getting a lot I hands on
experience and am able to talk to every professor on a one on one basis."
"Program, weather, Canadian students. Dislike- New & there are many things to get used to. Like- set number of students for
program, and instructors/prof. all seemed to be consider students and subjects carefully. I would recommend Melbourne if
anyone is interested in Vet Medicine."
"I like the new culture, the weather and the Australian plants, trees, and animals! Everyone here is super friendly, as
well and helpful when I get lost (which has been quite often in the first month of arriving!). I love my DVM program. I
feel that the instructors truly care about how each student is progressing and that the University has put a lot of time
and effort into planning an amazing hands-on and comprehensive program to teach future veterinarians. I feel confident that
the DVM program at the University of Melbourne will prepare me to be the best future veterinarian that I can be. I would
tell Canadians that this program focuses on veterinary skills from day one. They combine practicals skills and theory which
is a great method to allow students to fully understand and appreciate both. I would also tell them that in going to the
University of Melbourne for DVM I am fortunate enough to do more dissections, surgeries, techniques etc. than I would
attending other DVM programs, allowing me to perfect these skills prior to starting my veterinary career."
"I am in love with my program as we are one big family. It is so personal in comparison to my undergraduate degree where
the few individuals I met in my program were through labs and I did not see them outside of school. In contrast, my fellow
students in Vet Med are my support group and my best friends. We help each other study and get through the hard times. The
University has organized our various groups (practicals, case studies, labs, mentor groups...) so that we are a mix of
international students and locals. This way I can relate to people living so far from home but also get to know the Australians
and know the area much better. I would tell other Canadians how practical the course is in comparison to other Veterinary
Schools. After our first week, we were administering oral medication to dogs and sheep. We have also been exposed to horses
and sheep and taught how to listen to their gut sounds in order to determine if there are any abnormalities present. Furthermore,
we have 12 weeks of placement to complete, which the University has hundreds of enterprises on record that are willing to take
students, some of which provide accommodation. During welcome week, the University went above and beyond catering to
International students. We had dinner with the dean and a trip to the Zoo just to name a few events. Each event had students
from upper years to guide us around the city and to talk to about their previous experience as first years and what to expect."
"I love having the opportunity to travel and expereince another country while studying and completing my life long dream of
becoming a veterinarian. I have a great group of friends, other international students and Australians that make my experience
amazing! I love University of Melbourne. The professors make every effort they can to get to know the students. They are
very approachable and want you to succeed. My program is very intense but I like the way everything is integrated. I would
tell other Canadians if they have the opportunity to study in Australia to take it! I have loved every minute of it. Melbourne
is an amazing city, very clean and the people are friendly. Australia is a lot like Canada and very easy to get around.
University of Melbourne is amazing and I am still in shock at the fact the DVM faculty involves themselves with the students.
It makes learning much easier when the professors are mentors that are there for you every step of the way. "
"I love my uni and my program because I've always dreamed about going to DVM at University of Melbourne! I love how friendly
people are here. I love the city of Melbourne because there'e always something to do and somewhere to go. I love that I see
cafes everywhere and that I can get very good coffee on my way to school. I love Queen Victoria Market which is only 2min walk
from where I live! Every day is like a festival there. I like the staff and professors here. I feel very lucky to be taught
things I never knew by intelligent professors every day. I have worked very hard in Canadian university, but I work even harder
here. I need to try to be on top of everything every day or else it would be really hard to catch up in last two days before
the quizzes. I don't think I could work this hard if it was for something I was not sure I want to do. I have wanted to get
into this program and so I feel very lucky and it's my pleasure to be here. So I recommend that you get into the right program
for you and that you can do your best for it."
2013 Intake Reviews
"I like how the DVM program in Melbourne Uni is using an integrated approach, and we have a lot of hands on labs and
practicals, which really put what we are learning into context."
Professional Certification/Accreditation Information
Returning to Canada to Practice
The University of Melbourne's DVM program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical
Association (AVMA). This means that graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from North American Veterinary
Schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America. Graduates are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary
Licensing Examination along with graduates from accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and Canada. AVMA accreditation
is well recognised as the international benchmark for quality in veterinary education.
Practicing in Australia
The Melbourne School of Veterinary Science is recognised by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc, through the Veterinary
Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC), making veterinary science graduates eligible for registration with the
Veterinary Surgeons' Board in each state and territory in Australia, and in New Zealand.
For more information about returning to Canada after completing an Australian veterinary program, please contact
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must
have completed an undergraduate Science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or
general biology, and biochemistry.
submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related
experiences with animals).
Acceptable undergraduate Science degrees at Canadian universities include Science degrees with majors in Agriculture, Animal
Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology.
Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades)
obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science
subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average and above should apply.
Applicants should submit detailed course outlines (i.e., course syllabae) to OzTREKK for their cell biology/general biology and
biochemistry subjects, to assist the university in determining whether the applicant has completed the program prerequisites.
Applicants must also submit a supporting statement to OzTREKK with their application documents.
Reference letters are not required to be submitted with your initial application, but you may submit them if you wish.
The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant's application, and students may
be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.
Total Number of Places in the Program: 120
Number of Places Available for International Students: 50
Application Deadline: TBA. For the 2017 intake, applications closed December 19, 2016.