Animals in Society course at the University of Melbourne

9 February 2016

Hosted by the Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, the very popular “Animals in Society” course is designed to encourage students to begin to think about how and why animals are so integral to human society.

University of Melbourne Veterinary School
Study veterinary medicine at the University of Melbourne

During the program, students will investigate the human-animal relationships: where they originated, during domestication, and where they are now. The relationships between humans and animals, including animals as pets, in agriculture, as research subjects, in educational roles and as pests will also be examined. Students will also discuss the changing attitudes of humans towards animals throughout time and talk about humankind’s moral and ethical obligation to animal well-being. Within this discussion, animal welfare science will be looked at, as well as some of the current animal welfare issues in livestock industries around the world. Finally, students will examine the future and where the relationship between humans and animals may be headed.
This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

Studying Veterinary Medicine at the University of Melbourne

For anyone who is considering making a life caring for animals, might we suggest studying veterinary medicine? The Melbourne DVM curriculum embraces the latest clinical technologies and evidenced-based practices. It has been developed around five learning domains, which infuse every subject and are based around the attributes of a veterinary scientist:

  • The scientific basis of clinical practice
  • Ethics and animal welfare
  • Biosecurity and population health
  • Clinical skills
  • Personal and professional development

Graduates of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are internationally accredited to work overseas. Graduates have the ability to solve problems, draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, interpret evidence, and to make decisions within a solid professional and ethical framework.
Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the application deadline was December 18, 2015. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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Do you have questions about the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Shannon Tilston at