Small Animal Hospital at UQ Vet School
The UQ Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital is a Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Teaching hospitals operate as a veterinary clinic, established to train veterinarians and veterinary nurses/technicians. Undergraduate UQ Veterinary School students finish their last two years of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program at the teaching hospital, where they finish the clinical work portion of their degree.
The UQ Veterinary Medical Centre Small Animal Hospital offers more time dedicated to their animal patients, as their problems are discussed and considered by more experts in intensive “rounds” and discussion groups with students, specialists and academics which allows more discussion and consideration of the pet and their individual concerns.
Fourth- or fifth-year UQ Veterinary School students begin the consultations, taking pet history and details of any current issues. The students are then joined by the veterinarian for the remainder of the consultation. Following the consultation the veterinarian may discuss the diagnosis and treatment of the pet with the students as a learning exercise.
The University of Queensland’s Small Animal Hospital’s 24 hour Intensive Care / Emergency Unit and after hours veterinary service is open to all and is ideally located to service the need of patients from Ipswich to Toowoomba, including Gatton, Esk and Laidley in Queensland. The animal hospital offers unrivalled medical and surgical facilities for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, small mammals and fish.
In addition to the veterinary hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities, it also boosts a wide variety of local and internationally trained veterinary specialists who take referrals from all around Queensland. The UQ Gatton Veterinary Medical Centre is fully computerized, making the sharing of cases with the specialists in Brisbane a simple task.
- an intensive care unit;
- separate wards for dogs, cats, birds and exotic pets;
- an isolation ward for infectious diseases such as Canine Parvovirus;
- digital radiology, ultrasound and computerized tomography (CT Scanner);
- a dedicated dental suite;
- an in-house laboratory and immediate access to a complete veterinary diagnostic laboratory;
- chemotherapy ward;
- flexible and rigid endoscopy; and
- four operating theatres.
Returning to Canada to Practice
In 2012, the University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This means that graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from North American Veterinary Schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America. Graduates are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination along with graduates from accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and Canada. AVMA accreditation is well recognised as the international benchmark for quality in veterinary education.
UQ Veterinary School’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) program
Program title: Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 30; however, it is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.