University of Melbourne veterinary clinical placements

11 October 2022

The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree gives you the experience and flexibility to succeed in your choice of veterinary career: as a small- or large-animal veterinarian, an animal welfare supervisor in the agricultural industries, an equine health professional, a government veterinarian monitoring wildlife health, or a zoo veterinarian.

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Learn more about the Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program

Short-Term Clinical Placements in U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital
As a Melbourne veterinary student, you’ll participate in short-term clinical placements (4 weeks) at the university’s renowned U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital. Based in Werribee, Victoria, the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital is one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospital facilities.

They offer complete animal care to the public including general practice (primary and preventative care, exotic pet care), a suite of specialist referral services, specialist support services and 12-hour emergency care. Its facilities include state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities and on-site diagnostic pathology laboratories as well as a new clinical skills centre. The Melbourne vet team treats more 25,000 animals each year. Clinical placements areas include

  • general practice
  • clinical pathology and diagnostics
  • small animal referral medicine
  • small animal referral surgery
  • anesthesiology
  • emergency and critical care
  • equine (offered at Goulburn Valley  Equine Hospital)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Program Structure
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.

Classes for the first two years of the DVM are held primarily at Parkville campus—generally with one day per week at the Werribee campus.

Third-year classes are held at the Werribee campus, and the fourth year of the DVM is a lecture-free program involving small group classes held at the Werribee campus.

External Placements
In addition, students in third and fourth years are required to attend clinical and practical placements at a range of different locations. There are opportunities to undertake these placements in rural and regional areas, interstate, and overseas.

You’ll spend your fourth and final year fully immersed in the veterinary profession, working with animals and owners under expert supervision in the University of Melbourne’s veterinary hospital and external placements.

You’ll gain at least 40 weeks’ experience at a broad range of clinical settings and gain the medical and surgical experience to be confident in your ability as a veterinarian from the day you graduate.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program

The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is an AVMA-accredited veterinary degree. This means Canadians and Americans can undertake the program and be qualified to write the same exams as a North American veterinary school graduate.

Melbourne DVM students gain the skills to communicate and empathize with pet owners in a professional setting, first in mock consultations and clinical skills classes, then with real clients.

The Melbourne Tracks Program prepares you best for your chosen career path. You can build professional networks in a particular area of clinical interest and gain complementary industry-ready skills and knowledge. Choose from four tracks:

1. Small animal track (pets like cats and dogs, plus exotics like rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs)
2. Production animal track (livestock and mixed rural practice)
3. Equine track (horses)
4. Government, industry and conservation health track (wildlife health, population health, policy, research and industry)

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.

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