The University of Queensland

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)



University Location Brisbane, Queensland
City Population 2.3 million
Student Population 55,300
Int'l Student Population 21,200
Main Campus St Lucia
Program Campus Gatton (approximately 1 hour west of Brisbane)
Program Duration 5 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $68,064 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake 2023
Application Deadline November 29 each year*
International Places 40 (130 total)


Since its first intake of students in 1936, the UQ School of Veterinary Science has been recognized for the quality of its research and for its sustained record of excellence in teaching and learning across the veterinary disciplines. The school and its programs are fully accredited with the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) allowing graduates direct entry to practice in North America.

Based at the university’s rural Gatton Campus with a staff of approximately 150, the school also operates a Veterinary Teaching Hospital for small animals, equine, exotic pets, production farm animals, and injured wildlife. A separate mixed practice (small and large animals) is located in Dayboro, a small town approximately 150 km from the Gatton Campus.

Some key features of UQ veterinary school include its

  • first-rate facilities purpose-built in 2010, and recognized as the best veterinary school facilities in the Southern Hemisphere;
  • small-group clinical teaching;
  • strong focus on animal handling and development of “first day” competencies (ability to be job-ready from day one);
  • thorough final-year, which is all “hands on” in veterinary clinics;
  • high-quality teachers who have been recognized through nationally accredited awards;
  • highly active student special interest groups; and
  • accreditation with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA COE), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), UK.


The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program at UQ is a fully accredited undergraduate course which you can enter directly from high school or after completion of university studies and graduate in just five years as a veterinarian. It provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery. For students entering directly from high school, this courser provides the fastest way to becoming a fully qualified veterinary doctor in just five years.

The program will equip you with knowledge of veterinary science, covering the care of healthy and sick animals and the prevention, recognition, control and treatment of diseases in animals, as well as the welfare and productivity of livestock and production animals. Throughout the five-year program, you will undertake a large component of practical work and will also be expected to work on farms and in other animal enterprises during holiday periods.

First-year courses provide foundation knowledge of animal structure and function, chemical principles and animal husbandry. The structure and function of the normal animal, and its nutrition, breeding and management, are studied in greater depth in second and third years. In fourth- and fifth-year studies, you will develop knowledge and skills in the prevention, diagnoses, treatment and control of diseases in domestic animals and birds.

Hear from a UQ Veterinary School graduate!

Admission Requirements

1. Completed high school diploma
You must have a secondary school diploma with an average of 88% in your top 4–6 Grade 12 courses (as below) and have completed the following prerequisite subjects at the Grade 12 level: chemistry, calculus, English, and either physics or biology.

  • Alberta – Grade average of best 5 Level 30 Provincial Diploma Exams.
  • BC – Grade average of best 4 Grade 12 4-credit provincially examined subjects which must include a Language Arts 12 provincially examined subject (e.g. English 12, English 12 First Peoples, Communication 12, English Literature 12)
  • Ontario – Grade average of best 6 University (U, 4U) and/or University/College (U/C, 4M) courses.

Please note, UQ tends to be quite strict when it comes to the calculus prerequisite. Due to the course content covered in the Australian high school math course, Canadian students must take a full calculus course to meet this requirement. Pre-calculus subjects will not suffice.

  • BC – Calculus 12 will satisfy the Math B prerequisite
  • Alberta – Mathematics 31 (Mathematics 30 & lower are not acceptable)
  • Ontario – Calculus and Vectors subject will satisfy the Math B prerequisite

If you have a year or more of post-secondary studies (university or college), you must have at least 3.2/4.0 (approximately 75%) cumulative average to be eligible to apply. With previous university studies, it is possible to request credit in order to lighten course load for one or two semesters; however, it will still take five years to complete the UQ veterinary science program.

2. Situational judgement test
UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science Honours applicants must complete an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) via CASPer. UQ 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 UQ before you will be able to write the CASPer test.

CASPer dates and times

Please contact OzTREKK to learn more about this test.

Admission Timeline

*UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 29 each year; however, you are encouraged to apply well in advance of the deadline. The earlier you apply, the better!


“[I love] the amount of handling I get to do with animals”

[The amount of work] is as expected. [I love] the amount of handling I get to do with animals. The courses and practical aspects of the program is great. Just expect to be working with a lot of animals and be prepared to get your hands dirty! There's a lot of studying that is involved with the program but also a lot of hands on! It's quite a heavy load, but very rewarding when you get through a semester.

Jessica T
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2017

“The teachers are all professionals in the industry”

I love the quality of my program. The teachers are all professionals in the industry, we have a fully functioning dairy, piggery, poultry and equine unit on campus so all the resources we need to become the best vets are at our fingertips.

Lia B
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2017

“I chose The University of Queensland because of their excellent standing”

I chose The University of Queensland because of their excellent standing. At the Gatton campus, there are dedicated facilities on hand besides UQ Veterinary School’s small animal and equine hospitals.  The program so far has been more challenging than I expected. The hours are long and you have to give a 100% commitment. That being said, there is a great camaraderie and support from your course mates who are in every single class with you, and their high motivation pushes me to keep striving.

Nur S
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2014

“I like how much the professors at the vet school want us to succeed.”

The weather, the people and I am really loving my program. I like how much the professors at the vet school want us to succeed. I dislike not having a car and being on a fairly rural campus. But there are lots of events on campus to fill up your week. Friends always offer to take me into town, so I don't feel that isolated. 10 out of 10!

Julia C
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
The University of Queensland, 2014