Sydney DVM course structure

27 November 2014

The University of Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is an exciting new graduate-entry veterinary program, commencing in 2015. The DVM replaces the existing Bachelor of Veterinary Science, and is open to applicants with a completed bachelor’s degree who wish to study veterinary medicine in a postgraduate learning environment. This program is internationally recognised and accredited, so graduates can work around the world.

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

Year 1: Function of the Normal Animal Body

Learn about the normal function and structure of the animal body within a medical context. Clinical case examples are used to demonstrate the relevance of veterinary sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathobiology and pharmacology) in diagnosing and treating disease.
Your practical skills training will commence with basic surgical skills and animal handling, and will be extended through clinic visits in the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and animal husbandry placements. You will also be introduced to the principles of professional practice, one health and research and start to develop an evidence-based approach to veterinary medicine.

Year 2: Principles and Approach to Clinical Disease

Learn about diseases commonly encountered in veterinary practice—wildlife, companion and production animals. Second year focuses on

  • developing your skills in disease investigation by examining common disease syndromes;
  • continuing your practical and professional skills development;
  • undertaking your final animal husbandry placements; and
  • expanding your research skills in decision making, diagnostic testing and interpretation, and the application of evidence-based practice.

Year 3: Health and Disease Management (Camden Campus)

You will develop an advanced approach to health and disease management across the major domestic, exotic and production animal species. This encompasses managing health and disease in different species, being mindful of the needs of the individual animal and the broader population.
Your professional development this year will focus on practice management and leadership skills, the provision of veterinary care and animal welfare within different cultures and the completion of your preparatory clinical placements. Your research training will culminate in a professionally focused project.

Year 4: Professional Placements Year

Fourth year will be lecture-free and you will be placed as a veterinary intern in a wide range of locations, including rotations in our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals at Sydney and Camden and externally with the university’s Partners in Veterinary Education. These placements will enable you apply your knowledge and skills to real clinical cases, equipping you with the necessary skills to enter the workforce on graduation.

Sydney Veterinary School Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March 2015
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 5, 2014
Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians
Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met.
Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor-degree level to be eligible for entry:

  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry

The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

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If you have questions about Sydney Veterinary School and the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady at or 1-866-698-7355. Find out how you can study in Australia!