Stages of the Melbourne DVM

11 July 2017

The primary aim of the Melbourne DVM curriculum is to graduate highly capable veterinary scientists whose abilities to solve problems, to draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, to interpret evidence, and to make decisions and act upon them within a clear ethical and professional framework embody all of the graduate attributes to which the faculty aspires.

The University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student experience
Study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne

If you’ve applied to the University of Melbourne Veterinary School, or if you’ve received an offer, here’s what you can expect:

Years 1 & 2: Build solid foundations

Introduction to the scientific basis of animal health and disease with integrated studies in the following:

  • Veterinary bioscience and an integrated, systems-based study of anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology of each organ system
  • Applications in animal health provides (determinants of disease in populations and in production animal systems)
  • Infections, populations and public health
  • Practical problem-solving and teamwork, including four hours per week of case-based group work

Year 3: Get career-focused, via Melbourne’s Tracks program

Commence your practical clinical training with an introduction to the principles of clinical practice and to species-based medicine and surgery. In addition to your general training, you can select a track in your chosen area of interest. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the extra practical classes and activities with classmates who share your interests.
Four tracks

  1. Production Animal Track
  2. Small Animal track
  3. Government, Industry and Conservation Health Track
  4. Equine Track

Year 4: A year of practice-based learning

Fourth year is also part of the Track program. It is a practical year, conducted under supervision in the University Veterinary Hospital and via external placements. This year includes a final, intensive one-week professional practice program, which consolidates knowledge in preparation for transition into the workforce.
Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.
Entry Requirements
Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
  • submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).

Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.
Selection into the Melbourne DVM 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 and above should apply.

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