Melbourne DVM student experience

20 July 2015

With a completely revitalised curriculum, the Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program is the first of its kind in Australia. The program is part of the ground-breaking “Melbourne curriculum” in which important undergraduate academic foundations are laid before specialisation at the graduate level. This makes the University of Melbourne unique in Australia and at the cutting edge of international educational trends.

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

First year  (Parkville campus)

This foundation year provides an integrated and systems-based study of the structure, function, disease processes and pharmacology of each of the body systems of mammals; an introduction to the determinants of animal health; and consideration of animal health in production animal systems.

Second year (Parkville campus)

This year focuses on the ethical dimensions of animal welfare and management. Students acquire skills in clinical examination and interpretation of physiological data, as well as a range of technical veterinary abilities.

Third year (Werribee campus and University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital)

Third-year Melbourne DVM students commence their clinical training, with an introduction to the principles of clinical practice and to species-based medicine and surgery.

Fourth year

A practical year conducted under supervision in the University Veterinary Hospital and via external placements. Students apply their course knowledge to clinical cases. This year includes a final, intensive two-week professional practice program, which consolidates knowledge and prepares graduates for their transition into the workforce.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 18, 2015; however, as this program can fill quickly, applicants are encouraged to submit their completed applications as soon as possible.
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 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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Do you have questions about Melbourne Veterinary School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady or 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).