What is the University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Tracks program?
The University of Melbourne’s four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first-century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.
New Melbourne DVM students will take part in the university’s unique Tracks program. Tracks help prepare students for their chosen career path by concentrating their studies on a particular area of clinical interest and gaining complementary industry-ready skills and knowledge. This represents the latest international education models and enables you to stand out from the crowd upon graduation!
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.
Production Animal Track
This track will provide enhanced opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and exposure to production animal medicine including working with cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Upon graduation, students who choose this track may enter mixed veterinary practice, pursue further study such as a residency, work for the government or quarantine inspection services, work as a production animal health management consultant, or work for private production animal industries such as pigs and poultry producers.
Small Animal Track
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students who are interested in pursuing a career path working with cats, dogs and small pets can elect to join the small animal track. This track will provide enhanced opportunities for students to follow their interest in small animal medicine, small animal surgery, or disciplines such as dermatology and ophthalmology. Upon graduation, students who chose this track may choose to enter private small-animal practice, pursue further study such as an internship or residency, or work for government or private companies supporting the small animal industries.
Government, Industry and Conservation Health Track
Students who are interested in pursuing a career path outside of traditional veterinary clinical practice can elect to join the Government, Industry and Conservation Health track. This track will provide students with enhanced opportunities to pursue their individual area of interest, for example through wildlife health placements, and practical research projects. Upon graduation, students who choose this track may elect to pursue careers as veterinarians employed in government, policy development, one health, epidemiology, welfare, research, and business.
This track will provide enhanced opportunities for students to gain practical skills and experience working with horses before graduation. Upon graduation, students who choose this track may enter private companion equine practices, racehorse practice, pursue an equine internship or residency, or work for government or private equine industries.
About the Melbourne DVM Admissions
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.
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 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 and above should apply.