Melbourne DVM graduate attributes

13 November 2014

The Melbourne DVM program encourages students to achieve the attributes of all graduates of the University of Melbourne in terms of academic excellence, knowledge acquisition, community leadership and responsibility, cultural sensitivity, and international awareness.

University of Melbourne Veterinary School
The Melbourne DVM is extremely popular!

In particular, the Melbourne School of Veterinary Science intends that graduates of its DVM program should

  • be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method;
  • deal with integrity and honesty with professional colleagues, clients and the general public;
  • demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people;
  • possess an understanding of both scientific and vocational aspects of veterinary science;
  • be motivated to be a veterinarian, aware of the veterinarian’s place in society, and prepared to be a leader in the community;
  • have broad knowledge of veterinary science and be able to develop intellectual and physical skills as circumstances dictate;
  • be trained in all disciplines and aspects of veterinary science;
  • be adaptable to changes in their specific field of employment and to advancements in veterinary science in general;
  • be confident in their veterinary capabilities on day one post-graduation whilst recognising the limitations of their training;
  • be aware of the global society and equipped to contribute to it;
  • be a graduate of choice for employers.

As a master’s-level course, the Melbourne DVM assumes and builds on the prior knowledge and experience in scientific thinking of students entering the course. From the first year of study an integrated and interdisciplinary approach is adopted. Students are expected to appraise data critically, to integrate concepts acquired in different disciplines, and to apply their understanding to authentic cases. They will be provided with opportunities to practice evidence-based decision-making, to solve clinical problems and to acquire clinical competencies in an ordered and sequential way.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 23, 2014
Entry Requirements
Eligible applicants must have completed

  • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree with majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology); and
  • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.

Selection into the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average or above should apply.
The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant’s application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.

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