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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 2019
Est. Annual Tuition: $47,000 AUD (2018)
Est. Total Tuition: $282,000 AUD (based on 2018 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

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

  • Academic Performance: International students must have achieved a similar standard to that expected of an Australian student seeking entry. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of their academic achievement in their final year of secondary education (Year 12 or equivalent) or their tertiary studies as appropriate, from a recognized university. Minimum GPA required is 2.80 on a 4.00 scale; however, applicants must demonstrate an aptitude for science-based study. (Chemistry, mathematics and physics. Biology is recommended.)
  • Additional requirements and considerations: Applicants are also expected to have gained relevant work experience and animal handling. All applicants must complete a "Commitment to Veterinary Science" form to provide evidence of experience.


Total Number of Spaces: 140

Application Deadline: Applications for the 2018 intake closed November 23, 2017. For information about the 2019 intake and to apply, please contact OzTREKK!

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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