The University of Sydney

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine



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
Program Duration 4 years
Estimated Annual Tuition $70,000 AUD (2022 fees; subject to increase)
Semester Intake February
Next Available Intake February 2023
Application Deadline TBA*
International Places approx 35 (140 total)


The Sydney School of Veterinary Science is the #1 vet school in Australia and 12th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: 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.

Your studies will take place in the One Health framework, ensuring you understand the linkages between veterinary health, human medicine, and the environment at local, national and global levels. The program culminates in a capstone experience year where you will get hands-on experience as an intern in veterinary clinics of all varieties and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the university teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.


The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney is structured as a four-year program where teaching is research-driven to ensure you will learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health. You will benefit from clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commencing in the first semester and continuing throughout the course.

Clinical case examples are used throughout the program to demonstrate the relevance of each topic in understanding the complexities of animal diseases including their diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Training in professional and clinical skills forms an essential part of the course program, commencing in DVM Year 1 and consisting of interactive small-group practical classes and intra- and extramural placements.

Year 1 employs a body-systems approach to learning about the basic veterinary sciences (anatomy, physiology, and histology) within a medical context.

During Year 2, you will develop skills in disease investigation by examining common disease syndromes and investigating the causes of disease (pathobiology, infectious diseases, pharmacology).

Year 3 builds on the knowledge and skills attained during years 1 and 2, and you will develop an advanced approach to maintaining health and managing disease across the major companion, exotic and production animal species. Third year is mostly based at the Camden campus, with some learning and teaching activities based at the Camperdown campus.

Year 4 is a capstone experience combining intramural (in University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals) and extramural (in industry and private veterinary practices) placements. These extramural placements may be taken at any approved Australian or international industry or private veterinary practice.

Admission Requirements

1. Completed bachelor’s degree 
You must have a completed undergraduate degree in any discipline.

You must have completed prerequisite units of study (one semester each) in general chemistry (physical and inorganic), organic chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. A competitive GPA typically starts at approximately 3.7/4.0+ (approximately 80%+) cumulative in the most recent bachelor degree, although this does not guarantee entry.

As places are limited and there is a strict quota for this program, entry is highly competitive. Students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

2. Animal handling experience
You must have completed a minimum of 28 days (4 weeks) of relevant work and animal-handling experience, including animal production industries such as sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, horses and poultry; veterinary clinical practice; or other relevant animal industry experience including government bodies, charities, and research organization.

Admission Timeline

*While the application deadline is generally mid-September every year, 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.