We know there’s a lot of information on this page, but don’t worry—your vet admissions officers will be right there with you.
Here’s what you’ll find on this page:
- Determining Your Eligibility
- Understanding Financing
- Starting Your Application
- How to Submit Documents
- What OzTREKK Does with Your Application
- Finding Your “Best Fit”
If you have questions or concerns at any stage in the process, we are just a call or an email away!
Determining Your Eligibility
Eligibility for undergraduate- and graduate-entry veterinary medicine programs is based on your GPA, prerequisite subjects, experience, and a situational judgement test (varies by program).
To Determine Your Eligibility
- Review the Admissions Requirements for each program
- Use our Compare Programs tool
- Check out the GPA Conversions page
- Book a chat with a veterinary medicine admissions officer
Minimum vs Competitive Requirements
Minimum and competitive requirements can vary significantly. Minimum requirements are defined by each university and are the lowest scores (GPA) required to be eligible to apply to a program. Competitive requirements are the minimum scores that receive an offer.
It’s our goal to be honest and transparent about your chances of receiving an offer, because meeting the minimum requirements does not mean you’ll be a competitive applicant. Sometimes applicants decide to apply to a different program—and we can help with that, too!
Check out our helpful FAQs for more insight on eligibility!
2. Understanding Financing
Financing Your Studies
It’s no secret that studying internationally is expensive, that’s why it’s important to determine if you are financially equipped to study veterinary medicine in Australia.
The major source of funding for a Canadian studying veterinary medicine in Australia would be through a professional line of credit with a major Canadian bank, roughly $80,000 to $200,000. Veterinary medicine programs in Australia can cost upward of $280,000, plus approximately $20,000 to $35,000 a year in living costs.
Although funding is available for veterinary medicine students, the amount offered from major lenders is often not enough to cover all costs. Additional funding is often required (e.g., personal finances).
With this in mind, we ask that you consider financing early in this process and plan ahead. Check out our OzTREKK Financing page to learn more. Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to chat finances.
3. Apply Online
Start Your Application
Fill out the OzTREKK application.
Don’t worry! This application only comes to us. Think of it as your starting point: It’s nothing more than you telling us which programs you’re interested in so we can ensure you don’t miss a deadline.
What to expect on the application
The basics! Your full name, address, program of interest, etc., plus your education history—so have start and graduation dates handy. If you can’t remember your exact start or grad date, estimate.
Once you’ve pressed “Submit,” your OzTREKK admissions officers will contact you to outline your next steps and will list which documents you’ll need to send to our office. Again, we aim to make sure you never miss a deadline!
If you’d like to make changes to your application or to your program selection, don’t stress. We can adjust anything as we go!
4. Submit Documents
Send Your Documents to OzTREKK
You’ve pressed “Submit” on your OzTREKK application and you’re ready for the next step: sending in your documents!
No guessing required. Your dedicated admissions team will send you a handy checklist outlining all the required documentation for each university.
Where do I send my documents?
All application documents, aside from your official transcripts*, should be emailed to our veterinary admissions officers as PDFs: email@example.com
*Transcripts in their original, sealed envelopes must be mailed to the OzTREKK office or emailed directly from your school to our office: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I know OzTREKK received my documents?
As soon as we receive your transcripts (whether by email or by post), and the other required documents, we will let you know—every time. Just keep an eye on your inbox!
When do I send my documents?
The earlier the better! We’ll need all documents sent to us before the application deadlines; the earlier we have them, the more guidance we can provide. You can also send them along gradually, as you get them. We’ll take care of keeping you organized.
Typical Application Deadlines
- University of Melbourne – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Assessed in rounds between mid-May and December
- University of Sydney – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Mid-September
- University of Queensland – Bachelor of Veterinary Science: Late November
- University of Sydney – Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine: Mid-November
- Even if you apply to multiple universities, you only need to send one copy of your documents.
- All our university partners accept OzTREKK-certified transcripts. Once they have our stamp of approval (yes, a literal stamp), they’re good to go!
- Most universities waive their application fees for OzTREKK students.
- You will be kept up to date with your application status: outstanding documents, which applications have been submitted, upcoming deadlines, etc.
5. OzTREKK Submits Application
OzTREKK Submits Your Complete Application(s)
Once all your documents are in, OzTREKK will submit your application to the university! We’ll send you a confirmation email and provide an outcome date estimate.
This is the waiting period. It can be stressful, but now that your application is under assessment, we will share everything you need to know in this “layover” phase! This will include
- resources for confident decision-making if you receive an offer (or multiple offers!);
- financing information (including contacts); and
- community connections (OzTREKK events and more!).
Finding Your Best Fit
Play around with our compare programs feature to determine which program might be the best fit for you.
For first-person accounts of what studying in Australia is really like, have a look at what our OzTREKK Ambassadors have to say!
Remember, we’re here for you throughout the entire process, so always feel free to ask us questions. You deserve the right to feel comfortable and confident with your decision, and we’ll do whatever we can to support you.
Have a look through our veterinary medicine FAQs. You’ll find info about prerequisites, program titles, practicing in Canada, and more. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, please contact us. We’re here to help!
Are there any scholarships for international students?
Scholarship options in Australia are usually limited for international students as they tend to be reserved for those undertaking postgraduate research degrees; however, we can advise you where to look and whether specific programs have a history of offering scholarships.
Occasionally, scholarships are granted to high achievers—those with very high marks. In previous years, we have seen $5000- to $10,000-scholarships given to OzTREKK students.
Check out OzTREKK’s Financing page to learn more about scholarships and paying for your degree.
Do you have course outlines on file?
Before sending us outlines, check to see if we’ve already got them. We can save you a lot of time and ensure we’re submitting good outlines on your behalf. Outlines must be within 2 years of the time you took the course (as listed on your transcript).
I received a low mark on my prerequisite course. Will this impact my application?
To meet the prerequisite subjects, you need to have been granted the credit (passed); the grade isn’t considered in the prerequisite assessment.
What does “rolling admissions” mean?
Rolling admissions means the university assesses applications as they are received, or on a “first come, first served” basis. As soon as they’ve met the quota and the program is filled, they close the applications. So, for a program that has rolling admissions, the earlier you apply the better!
How does OzTREKK know if my application will be competitive?
The majority of Canadians applying to full-degree programs in Australia (i.e., not study abroad courses, which usually only last a semester or two) apply through OzTREKK. They’re studying medicine, dentistry, law, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.
Since they’re using OzTREKK’s services, this gives us a good idea of the starting point of a competitive application each year, allowing our admissions officers to help you determine which universities/programs are most likely to present you with a letter of offer!
You can get started on determining your chances by reviewing the admissions requirements on each program page. Then, visit our GPA Conversions and Eligibility pages for details and suggestions to help you get into the program of your dreams. Of course, OzTREKK is always here to help if you have questions.
What is a 5.0 GPA in Australia?
Unlike in Canada, GPAs in Australia are simple. They are standardized, so they mean the same thing to everyone.
In Australia, a 5.0 / 7.0 would roughly translate to a 2.7 / 4.0 or approximately 70% – 72%, but keep in mind all universities assess slightly differently.
Learn more on our GPA Conversions page where we list the most common Canadian GPA scales to their corresponding Australian GPA grade.
Which prerequisites do I need?
Prerequisite courses vary by university and by program. We’ve listed university- and program-specific requirements on each program’s page under “Admissions Requirements.”
What is a “school leaver”?
“School leaver” is a term used by Australians (and those in the UK) that refers to someone who has graduated high school.
Australia offers professional undergraduate programs—like medicine or veterinary science—that may require an applicant to apply straight from high school without having any post-secondary education. In their admissions requirements, you may see “open to school leavers only,” so anyone who has post-secondary studies (completed or not), aren’t eligible to apply.
If you’re not sure if you qualify for a program, reach out! Contact us at email@example.com.
What are official transcripts, and how do I send them?
Currently, our Australian universities require original transcripts to assess your application—certified by OzTREKK, which means we have to put our stamp on paper. Literally.
Usually, students order transcripts from their high school, college and/or university and have them mailed to our office. Alternatively, you can pick up your transcripts and mail them to OzTREKK, as long as they remain in their original, sealed envelopes.
You will need to submit final transcripts (showing your degree/diploma is completed) from every institution you have attended. We only require one copy of each transcript, even if you apply to multiple universities or programs.
OzTREKK educational services
301-1 Sherbrooke St. E.
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Alternatively, your high school, college and/or university can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S. Try sending your documents via FedEx and Purolator, especially when you need your documents to arrive at our office ASAP. If you use Canada Post’s courier Xpresspost, please don’t request a signature, as this can add unexpected delays!
As soon as your transcript arrives, we’ll let you know!
What are the average marks for entry?
Most eligible candidates have a high school diploma with an overall average of approximately 85%. If applying with some university studies, an average of 70% and above is required. Keep in mind entry is competitive and meeting minimum GPA requirements does not guarantee entry.
When are the application deadlines?
Variable; however, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible before the deadline. Most OzTREKK students begin their applications in January / February for the following February / March start date.
What if my degree is more than 10 years old?
For competitive programs, many universities will only accept applications from students who have studied within the last 10 years. Universities want to make sure the knowledge that students have is still relevant and that students are prepared to take on additional studies. If you’ve studied more than 10 years ago, consider the following options:
1. Complete another degree
If you haven’t completed a degree within the last 10 years and your program of choice requires it, you’ll need to complete another degree. For some universities, this may mean you can complete a master’s (or bachelor’s) degree in Canada and then apply again.
University of Sydney DVM – You must be able to provide evidence that you’ve passed the prerequisite subjects with at least credit average by showing the official transcript with final mark. There is some flexibility for applicants who have stayed in scientific academia.
University of Melbourne DVM – If you graduated more than 10 years ago, you’ll be required to demonstrate your capacity for continued study. Typically, this would mean demonstrating that your knowledge of the prerequisite subjects are still current by having achieved a mark of at least 70% in each of those subjects within the last three years.
University of Queensland BVSc – Qualifications completed more than 10 years ago may be considered as basis for admission to undergraduate or postgraduate programs; however, credit will not be granted for studies completed more than 10 years ago.
2. Complete additional studies and re-apply
University of Sydney DVM
Must complete another degree – Where there are more than one completed degrees, the best GPA will be used. GPA is calculated over the entire duration of the degree and all years of study are weighted equally. Results from completed honours and postgraduate coursework degrees are included in the GPA calculation. Incomplete degree results will not be included. The discipline of the degree is not considered during the ranking process.
University of Melbourne DVM
Complete additional upper-level science courses – The University of Melbourne will consider upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), rather than cumulative GPA. Melbourne weights their science GPA 75:25 toward the 400-level subjects, meaning your 400-level courses are weighed 3 times as much as your 300 level. Subjects can be taken outside a degree (non-award) will be considered. Courses must be science subjects Melbourne defines a science subject as a subject dealing with the scientific basis of physical or biological sciences, but not including social sciences such as sociology, human behavior, history of science, economics, philosophy (including philosophy of science), and anthropology. This list is indicative and not comprehensive.
What if I don’t have a relevant degree?
The University of Melbourne DVM program requires applicants have a science degree with a majors in one of the following areas: agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology, or zoology. If you don’t have an applicable degree, consider the following options:
1. Take science-related studies and re-apply
You may re-apply with either a master’s degree or after having completed upper-level science courses (if eligible). The University of Melbourne will consider upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), either at bachelor’s or master’s level. Subjects can be taken outside a degree (non-award studies).
Melbourne defines a science subject as a subject dealing with the scientific basis of physical or biological sciences, but not including social sciences such as sociology, human behavior, history of science, economics, philosophy (including philosophy of science), and anthropology. This list is indicative and not comprehensive.
2. Consider applying to a different program
If you’re interested in working with animals, but the other options won’t work for you, consider applying to a degree in veterinary technology, zoology, animal or environmental conservation, etc. instead, as long as your GPA meets the minimum requirements.
What if my GPA doesn’t meet the minimum or I’m not competitive?
If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement for veterinary medicine, we’re not able to submit the application.
University of Melbourne DVM
- Complete additional upper-level science courses – The University Melbourne will consider upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), rather than cumulative GPA. Melbourne weights their science GPA 75:25 toward the 400-level subjects, meaning your 400-level courses are weighed 3 times as much as your 300 level. Subjects can be taken outside a degree (non-award) will be considered. Courses must deal with the scientific basis of physical or biological sciences, but not including social sciences such as sociology, human behavior, history of science, economics, philosophy (including philosophy of science), and anthropology. This list is indicative and not comprehensive.
University of Sydney DVM
- Must complete another degree – For the University of Sydney’s DVM program, where there are more than one completed bachelor’s degrees, the best GPA will be used. GPA is calculated over the entire duration of the degree and all years of study are weighted equally. Results from completed Honours and postgraduate coursework degrees are included in the GPA calculation. Incomplete degree results will not be included. The discipline of the degree is not considered during the ranking process.
Undergraduate veterinary degrees (Sydney BVB/DVM and UQ BVSc)
- Take college/university studies – The GPA requirement is lower for applicants with a year of more of post-secondary studies (uni or college).
Consider another program
If you’re interested in working with animals, but the other options won’t work for you, consider completing a degree in veterinary technology, zoology, animal or environmental conservation, etc. instead, as long as your GPA meets the minimum requirements.
What if I didn’t pass the CASPer SJT?
If you failed to meet conditions due to the CASPer situational judgement test, you’ll need to re-apply for next available intake, and you’ll be required to retake the test. Your application must be submitted to UQ before you’ll be able to register for the test.
What if I don’t meet the veterinary prerequisites?
If you haven’t taken courses in the required prerequisite areas, but you are still interested in applying to the program, you will need to make up for this course on your own.
Enroll in the missing prerequisite(s)
You’ll need to provide a transcript showing that you have enrolled in the missing prerequisite(s) before we can submit your application to the university. This will allow the university to proceed with your primary assessment. Once you’ve successfully completed your course(s), you’ll need to provide a final transcript so the university can complete your assessment.
Melbourne and Sydney DVM
- Take an intro-level university course – Generally, introduction courses work best for the prerequisite requirements as they cover a broad range of understanding.
University of Queensland BVSc
- Take a high school-level calculus course – Many students do so either through summer school, at another institution, or online. Keep in mind, the course must be a full calculus course. Pre-calculus and math courses which cover only some calculus content will not suffice.
- Take an intro-level college or university calculus course – You will need to provide the course outline for this subject for a prerequisite assessment to confirm comparability. Read more about overseas equivalents for UQ’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science. Be sure to provide the course outline before you enroll! We can ask UQ to assess a course before an app is submitted to confirm the course will meet the requirements.
- Take a course through Unilearn – Offers a self-paced online course, Senior Mathematics (UNL32), which satisfies the Mathematics B prerequisites requirement as noted in the Bridging Subject table. The Unilearn course allows you to enroll at any time and typically takes 18–26 weeks to complete.
What if I lack animal-handling experience?
Some Australian veterinary programs require animal-handling experience as part of their entry requirements:
Requires 5 days of animal-handling experience, which can be part of a paid position, volunteer work, or part of a courses. On the supplementary application, you’ll need to briefly describe your experience and outline the specific tasks/experiences you gained.
Requires a minimum of 28 days of relevant work and animal-handling experience. A substantial portion of this must have been completed within 2 years prior to application. You’ll need to include supporting documents for experience, e.g., reference letters, certificates, or forms that provide evidence of the number of hours you worked or volunteered.
Consider applying to the following intake
What a difference a year can make! If you lack animal-handling experience, consider gaining some in the following areas:
- Animal production industries such as sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses, and poultry
- Veterinary clinical practice
- Other relevant animal-industry experience including government bodies, charities, and research organizations
Some examples of what the committee might look for in an applicant include
- breadth of experience across a variety of species, or depth of experience in a particular species;
- research experience;
- overall experience and length of experiences;
- commitment and interest in the profession; and
- rural experiences.
What extra processes would I have to undertake if I study at a vet school that is not AVMA accredited?
Graduates of vet schools that don’t have AVMA accreditation, like JCU’s, must complete an educational equivalency assessment certification program called the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) before they can sit the NAVLE.
The ECFVG has 4 steps:
1. Providing proof of graduation
2. Passing an English language assessment
3. Successfully completing the Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination (BSCE)
4. Successfully completing the Clinical Proficiency Examination (CPE)
What are course outlines and how should I submit them to OzTREKK?
A course outline includes all the necessary information about a university course. It will include the course title, the year, the learning goals, the professor’s contact information, reading materials and most important, a weekly learning schedule. This will help the universities to see what you studied on a week-to-week basis and assess if you have covered the material they expect you to know.
- Year and semester date
- Faculty contact information
- Course description
- Hours of study
- Textbook information
- Detailed list of topics that are covered in the course; usually found in a detailed lecture schedule or list of chapter readings
Please note, one-paragraph course descriptions will not suffice. The university would like to see course outlines like those handed out at the beginning of the semester, which outline all topics covered within the course. If you do not have copies of these on hand, contact the faculty from which you undertook these courses, as they usually have copies on file.
These course outlines must be attached to the email in PDF (do not send PDF links) and labelled in the following manner:
CAPS 391 Human Anatomy I UBC F2015 (COURSE CODE)(Name of Course)(University)(Semester & Year)
When you do this, it helps us be more efficient and move your application(s) at lightning speed.
What if my transcripts / documents are not in English?
If your documents are not in English, you must provide full translation of each document, either prepared by your university or by a registered translator. You must not translate the documents yourself.
Please note OzTREKK must receive the official translation directly from the university or translator in order to certify the document.
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