The University of Melbourne

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine



University Location Melbourne, Victoria
City Population 5 million
Student Population 54,000
Int'l Student Population 23,760
Main Campus Parkville (Melbourne)
Program Campus Parkville (Years 1 & 2); Werribee (Years 3 & 4)
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $77,344 AUD (2023 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake March
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline Varying rounds*
International Places 50 (135 total)


The University of Melbourne is the #1 vet school in Australia (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022: Veterinary Science). It is a world-recognized leader in veterinary research, particularly animal disease, animal welfare, veterinary public health, specialist referral services like neurology and radiology, equine sports medicine and emergency and critical care.

As a Melbourne veterinary student, you will study at Australasia’s most modern veterinary teaching hospital in Werribee, and brand-new teaching spaces in Parkville, Melbourne. This world-class building provides an active and flexible learning environment that has been designed specifically to suit the biosciences. Housing purpose-built wet and dry teaching labs, and various formal and informal learning spaces, the building allows for several classes to run simultaneously within the same area.

As a veterinary medicine student, you will be able to build social and industry networks at events organized by student special interest groups that focus on small pets, animal welfare, exotics and wildlife, horses, student welfare, emergency and critical care, bovines, and marine animals.


The Melbourne DVM curriculum has been developed around five learning domains, which infuse every subject and are based around the attributes of a veterinary scientist:

1. The scientific basis of clinical practice
2. Ethics and animal welfare
3. Biosecurity and population health
4. Clinical skills
5. Personal and professional development

Melbourne Tracks program
The 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:

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

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.

External Placements
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.

Classes for the first two years of the DVM are held primarily at Parkville campus—generally with one day per week at 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. Fourth-year students will be 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 will 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.

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.

Pre-Vet Club

Thinking of becoming a vet? Join Melbourne DVM’s Pre-Vet Club mailing list.


Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have a completed undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree) and have completed prerequisite subjects: one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and one of biochemistry.

Acceptable degrees from Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.

Selection for the Melbourne DVM will be based a weighted average mark of the final 2 years, and all subjects will be considered. An average of 3.3/4.0 (approximately 77%) and above in these subjects is considered competitive, although does not guarantee entry.

2. Demonstrate interest in veterinary field
Melbourne is looking for students who can demonstrate an interest and commitment to animal health, production and welfare and in pursuing a career in the veterinary science profession and any experience working with animals and/or other fields relevant to veterinary science.

3. Situational judgement test
Melbourne DVM applicants must complete an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) via Casper (a method of assessment used by Atlus Suite). Melbourne recognizes that skills and attributes such as resilience, critical thinking, and communication are essential for veterinarians, but are not always reflected in academic performance alone. The situational judgement test will be used to select and identify applicants who are best suited to the rigours of veterinary science and the profession. Please note we will need to submit your application to Melbourne before you will be able to write the Casper test.

Casper dates and times

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with referees in order to clarify aspects of a candidate’s experience in the field or interest in a veterinary career.

Admission Timeline

*While applications are typically assessed in rounds, you are encouraged to apply an early round as this program can fill quickly.

Round 1: May 20, 2022 for offers on June 3, 2022
Round 2: July 15, 2022 for offers on August 3, 2022
Round 3: September 16, 2022 for offers on October 5, 2022
Round 4: October 14, 2022 for offers on November 2, 2022
Round 5: December 2, 2022 for offers on December 21, 2022 (if required)**

**If applying for Round 5, there is a risk of not receiving a student visa in time for class commencement.


“I love how passionate and caring the professors are.”

I love how passionate and caring the professors are. They create an environment that fosters learning while trying to remove the competitive atmosphere among the students.

Peter S.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Melbourne, 2018