University of Melbourne DVM study options

26 July 2021

Exploring your University of Melbourne DVM study options

If you have a passion for healthcare and animals, the Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine may be right for you!

Melbourne Veterinary School
Learn more about how you can study veterinary medicine

In The Melbourne DVM – Explore Your Study Options webinar hosted by Jonty Hall, Professor Brett Tennent-Brown and current students, Aliisa Paura and Chloe Robert, discuss everything you’d want to know if you’re considering studying veterinary medicine in Australia.

The University of Melbourne is home to the oldest school of veterinary science in Australia, and is currently ranked #1 in Australia and #16 in the world. The university boasts brand new facilities, including a $63-million teaching hospital! You can navigate the virtual tour and imagine living and studying on this incredible campus!

So, what will you learn during your four years studying the Melbourne DVM?

(9:50) Years 1 and 2 introduce students to animal handling, as well as the foundational scientific knowledge of animal health and disease, core subjects, and non-clinical placements.

Getting into the clinical transition year, Year 3 focuses on the principles of clinical medicine and surgery and is also the pre-track year!

Unique to the University of Melbourne, the Tracks Program allows you to focus on the areas of veterinary science you find most appealing. Choosing from equine; small animal; production animal; and government, industry and conservation health, you get to really focus on the aspects you enjoy!

Last but certainly not least, Year 4 is all about hands-on learning at the Werribee Animal Hospital, and includes further practical learning at zoos, research laboratories, and can include overseas placements.

(12:05) After 4 years of preparing for a career in veterinary science, where do graduates end up?

(13:20) Whether in private practice, government services, animal welfare agencies or research, the Melbourne DVM prepares you for whatever your future holds.

Before you embark on an incredible 4 years, you might want to know what it’s really like living and studying at the University of Melbourne. You can check out this Moving to Melbourne student guide, but also hear from those who are currently living this dream! Listen to what Canadian student Aliisa Peura and American student Chole Roberts have to say about their time studying the DVM program.

(17.50) How do finances work? Did their undergraduate degree prepare them for the program? What is their best advice on how to thrive in their studies and life in Australia? How does professional school in Australia compare to North America? All the insight you want to know!

(58:00) Want to know what they’re looking for in an applicant?  Get in touch with OzTREKK and check out these Selection Guidelines to learn about what it takes to get into the program, the CASPer test and more.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

Throughout your veterinary degree, you will have access to practical and clinical training in Melbourne’s world-class U-Vet animal hospital and via external placements. The Melbourne veterinary hospital includes a general practice, referral practice, equine centre and a 24-hour, small-animal emergency and critical care service. Its facilities include state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities and on-site diagnostic pathology laboratories as well as a new clinical skills centre.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadlines: Varying rounds; you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Start your application to Melbourne Veterinary School!


Do you have questions about Melbourne Veterinary School Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer at for more info!