University of Melbourne DVM prerequisites

16 March 2015

Melbourne Veterinary School’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program is always a popular choice among OzTREKK students. As with many graduate degrees, it has prerequisites that are required in order for students to be eligible for entry into the program.

University of Melbourne Veterinary School
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Eligible applicants must have completed

  • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.

The specific prerequisites for graduates are at least one semester of study in each of biology (cellular or general) and biochemistry. A list of approved biochemistry subjects offered by other institutions which are deemed equivalent to Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne is available at Just scroll down to “Have you already assessed my Subjects?” and click on “International.”
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 or above should apply.
Applicants should submit detailed course outlines (i.e., course syllabus) to OzTREKK for their cell biology/general biology and biochemistry subjects, to assist the university in determining whether the applicant has completed the program prerequisites.
The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant’s application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.
Part of the selection criteria for entry in 2016 and beyond will be consideration of an applicant’s personal statement explaining his or her interest in pursuing a career in the veterinary medicine profession and demonstrating his or her commitment to animal health and welfare. This statement can include details of relevant work experience (paid and unpaid).

University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 18, 2015; however, you are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible in order to allow yourself time for the pre-departure process should you receive an offer.

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Do you have questions about Melbourne Veterinary School and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Rachel Brady at or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).