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University of Sydney Veterinary School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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University and Faculty: University of Sydney
Faculty of Science
Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Campus Location: Camden campus (65 km southwest of Sydney) and Camperdown/Darlington campus (main campus)
Student Population: 60,000
Program Duration: 6 years
Semester Intake: March each year
Next Avail. Intake: March 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $49,500 AUD (2019)
Est. Total Tuition: $297,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

The Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney is proud of their innovative curriculum designed to create global professionals at the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine: the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a 6-year program and allows students to enter into the veterinary program directly from high school. As it encompasses the biological sciences aspect of studies prior to the DVM portion, it is perfectly designed for recently graduated high school students who are high achieving and ready to become knowledgeable and successful veterinarians.

This exciting, innovative course produces graduates with the knowledge as well as the practical, personal, professional and generic skills to enable them to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals.

During university vacation periods, Sydney's vet science students are required to gain additional experience with animal industries through extramural programs. These programs are designed to meet accreditation requirements, and work experience is arranged by the student and some by the faculty.


Unique Features of the Program

The University of Sydney Veterinary School maintains teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, and 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.

Students in first, second and third year are given a sound grounding in the basic biomedical sciences relevant to veterinary science. Examples of clinical cases and actual problems in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning in many subject areas.

In the fourth, fifth and sixth years, emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. The University of Sydney's BVetBiol/DVM program incorporates a lecture-free year in which students are assigned as interns in university and commercial partner practices.


Why Canadians Will Like the Program

Sydney's veterinary science program is recognized internationally by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Visiting specialists complement faculty specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine combined degree is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students graduating from an AVMA accredited school have their degree recognized in North America and are entitled to sit the NAVLE.

The course is recognized by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (through the Veterinary schools Accreditation Advisory Committee), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

For more information about returning to Canada after completing an Australian veterinary program, please contact OzTREKK.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Applicants must have a secondary school diploma with an average of 85% in their Grade 12 year in order to be eligible to apply to Sydney BVB/DVM program and must demonstrate an aptitude for science-based study (chemistry, mathematics and physics. Biology is recommended).

If an applicant has previous studies in university, the cumulative average in their post-secondary studies will be assessed. With previous university studies, it is possible to request credit in order to lighten course load for one or two semesters; however, it will still take six years to complete the Syd BVB/DVM program.

International applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic performance and their demonstration of a commitment to the health and welfare of animals.

Additional requirements and considerations: Sydney expect applicants to the BVB/DVM program to have a minimum of 5 full days of hands-on experience at veterinary establishments. Those who have fewer than 5 days are still welcome to apply, although it is an advantage to have this experience.

Once you begin the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Year 3) you are subject to the DVM course fees.


Total Number of Spaces: 140

Application Deadline: November 21, 2019. Please note applications are assessed as they are received (first come, first served). You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill before the deadline.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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