The University of Sydney

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Undergraduate

Details

University Location Sydney, New South Wales
City Population 5 million
Student Population 65,000
Int'l Student Population 10,600
Main Campus Camperdown / Darlington
Program Campus Camperdown & Camden (1 hour from Sydney)
Program Duration 6 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $49,500 AUD (2019 fees; subject to increase)**
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2020
Application Deadline November 21, 2019*
International Places approx 40 (140 total)

Overview

The Sydney School of Veterinary Science is the #1 vet school in Australia and 9th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019: Veterinary Science), and its faculty is recognized internationally as a leading provider of education and a key contributor to the world’s best practice in the care and welfare of animals.

The School of Veterinary Science has University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals in Sydney and Camden, where you will work with a team of specialist veterinarians in well-equipped, high-quality clinical environments involving a wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals and exotic and native species. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, with the Camden site also providing veterinary services to farms in the region.

Program

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a 6-year combined degree and allows you to enter the veterinary program directly from high school. As it encompasses the biological sciences aspect of studies prior to the DVM portion, it is perfectly designed for recently graduated high school students who are high achieving and ready to become knowledgeable and successful veterinarians.

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology – Years 1–2

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Years 3–6. Once you begin the DVM in Year 3, you are subject to the DVM course fees.

Clinical skills and animal-handling training commence in your first semester, with opportunities to practice and repeat key skills using the new clinical skills facility. Business management, communication and leadership will form part of your training and development in professional practice. The emphasis on practical and professional skills development during your first three years ensures you will enter final year as a confident and capable veterinary intern.

In your first, second, and third years, you will be given a sound grounding in the basic biomedical sciences relevant to veterinary science. Examples of clinical cases and actual problems in veterinary practice will be used to promote integrated learning in many subject areas.

In your fourth, fifth, and sixth years, emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. The University of Sydney’s Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program incorporates a lecture-free year in which you will be assigned as an intern in university and commercial partner practices.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed high school diploma
You must have a secondary school diploma and must demonstrate an aptitude for science-based study (chemistry, mathematics and physics. Biology is recommended). If you are applying directly from high school, you must have a minimum average of 85% in your Grade 12 year (Ontario: top 6 courses including English; BC: all Grade 12 courses except Grad Transitions).

With university studies
If you have more than a year of university studies, you need a minimum of 70% cumulative average in your post-secondary studies 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 6 years to complete the Sydney BVB/DVM program.

2. Animal handling experience
Sydney expect applicants to the BVB/DVM program to have a minimum of 5 full days of hands-on experience at veterinary establishments. Those who have fewer than 5 days are still welcome to apply, although it is an advantage to have this experience.

**Once you begin the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Year 3) you are subject to the DVM course fees.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline for the 2020 intake is November 21, 2019, please note applications are assessed as they are received (first come, first served). You are encouraged to apply as early as possible as this program can fill before the deadline.