University of Melbourne DVM graduate attributes

15 May 2015

The Melbourne DVM program encourages students to achieve the attributes of all graduates of the University of Melbourne in terms of academic excellence, knowledge acquisition, community leadership and responsibility, cultural sensitivity, and international awareness. In particular, the Melbourne School of Veterinary Science intends that graduates of its DVM program should

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  • be able to seek solutions to problems through the application of knowledge, the ability to initiate and integrate new ideas, an appreciation of the broad picture of science, and an understanding of the importance and application of scientific method;
  • deal with integrity and honesty with professional colleagues, clients and the general public;
  • demonstrate empathy and concern for animals and people;
  • possess an understanding of both scientific and vocational aspects of veterinary science;
  • be motivated to be a veterinarian, aware of the veterinarian’s place in society, and prepared to be a leader in the community;
  • have broad knowledge of veterinary science and be able to develop intellectual and physical skills as circumstances dictate
  • be trained in all disciplines and aspects of veterinary science;
  • be adaptable to changes in their specific field of employment and to advancements in veterinary science in general;
  • be confident in their veterinary capabilities on day one post-graduation whilst recognising the limitations of their training;
  • be aware of the global society and equipped to contribute to it; and
  • be a graduate of choice for employers.

As a Masters level course, the University of Melbourne DVM assumes and builds on the prior knowledge and experience in scientific thinking of students entering the course. From the first year of study an integrated and interdisciplinary approach is adopted. Students are expected to appraise data critically, to integrate concepts acquired in different disciplines, and to apply their understanding to authentic cases. They will be provided with opportunities to practice evidence-based decision-making, to solve clinical problems and to acquire clinical competencies in an ordered and sequential way.
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.

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