Creating change: UQ Vet School sets up students for success
Did you know that the UQ School of Veterinary Science is ranked #3 in Australia according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016?
This ranking places UQ among the world’s best veterinary schools and near the very top of Australia’s best!
UQ Vet is determined to have their students succeed, and encourage the idea that lifelong learning really is the key to being a successful veterinarian in today’s world.
To keep up in an ever-changing industry environment, veterinary education increasingly focuses on self-sufficiency.
UQ Veterinary School’s Professor Paul Mills has worked across many sectors of the industry in the last three decades, including government, emergency medicine, and education, and knows firsthand that students need more than just scientific or practical skills to succeed.
“Setting up our students for success means teaching them not only the vital skills they need to hit the ground running from day one, but also how to learn for themselves so they can continue to develop as veterinarians, but also more broadly as scientists, for their whole careers,” says Professor Mills.
We are trying to make sure they’ve got that ability to change, to think for themselves, to work for whatever job they can do, so they are not pigeon-holed. – Professor Paul Mills
Part of this process involves regular training throughout the five-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science program in skills that are vital to success after graduation.
“From the beginning of their degree, students must participate in activities that prepare them for day-to-day life as a practitioner,” says Professor Malcolm Jones, a parasitologist who works closely with students in the veterinary science program, and has visited Canada to deliver informative information sessions to future UQ vet students.
“This includes a boot camp called Vets for Life at the beginning of their degree that establishes their expectations and provides them with support mechanisms for their studies.
“Later in their coursework, they conduct mock interviews to prepare them for dealing with difficult clients; take courses that develop their business-management, client-management and people skills; and learn techniques to help them manage their feelings and actions in a high-stress environment.
“We are really keen to support our students’ development as resilient, critical thinkers.”
Student Sarah Babington is completing a Bachelor of Veterinary Science and says UQ has prepared her well for a career after graduation.
“Studying veterinary science at UQ has not only taught me the importance of practical skills, such as client communication and business management, but also the essential role veterinarians play in today’s world of human public health on an international scale.”
To learn more about the Vets for Life program, visit veterinary-science.uq.edu.au/student-life
Bachelor of Veterinary Science Honours at UQ
The vet program at the UQ Veterinary School is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally. The university’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.
Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 30; however, late applications may be accepted. Candidates are encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.