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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

Students commencing this course in Semester 1, 2021 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely.

About this course

View the Veterinary Clinical Residency Positions (pdf, 89kb) currently available.

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) degree at the University of Sydney is designed to equip veterinarians with disciplinary knowledge and applied skills and techniques. Graduates undertake a program to best suit their individual career goals and this will lead to career opportunities in the area of study selected.

The Master of Veterinary Studies (Clinical Residency Program) is the coursework component of the combined MVetStud/MVetClinStud degree, which forms the clinical residency program in Veterinary Science.

Please note, students undertaking this course must concurrently enrol in the Master of Veterinary Clinical Studies course.

These two degrees are undertaken part-time and simultaneously, forming a full-time candidature. Places in this program are only available to postgraduate students who have been offered a place in one of the designated clinical streams after a vacancy has been advertised.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students.  This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

The number of places and streams available are limited and will depend on the Clinical Residency Supervisors’ current demands. Admissions to this program will open at the beginning of the Main Semester 1 and 2 periods. Internal School applications will normally open four months prior to the start of each Main Semester period.

When clinical residency positions (pdf, 89kb) are advertised the only method of application is through completion of the application form (docx, 46kb) and submission of this form with the appropriate documents, electronically only, to vetsci.education@sydney.edu.au by the advertised close off date for the residency.

The initial application form and documentation for the current residencies must be submitted to the Sydney School of Veterinary Science.

The first stage of the application process is managed by the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and all short-listed candidates will be interviewed.  Successful candidates who receive an offer from the Clinical Residency Program Director will be able to apply for admission to the program through the University’s admission system.

Closing dates

Available clinical residency applications close midnight (AEDT) Friday 27 November 2020.

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

When a residency is advertised, international applicants should contact the administrative staff at vetsci.education@sydney.edu.au before making any application as the conditions of these residencies make them essentially only suitable for Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Starting date

What you'll study

A candidate for the Master of Veterinary Studies will satisfactorily complete units of study granting 48 credit points in supervised elective units of study. They will be enrolled in a stream from the list below:

  • Small Animal Medicine
  • Small Animal Surgery
  • Small Animal Cardiology
  • Avian Health
  • Ruminant Medicine
  • Equine Surgery
  • Equine Medicine
  • Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Livestock Health and Production
  • Veterinary Anaesthesia
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging
  • Veterinary Pathology
  • Veterinary Oncology
  • Avian Medicine
  • Canine Medicine
  • Feline Medicine
  • Veterinary Behaviour
  • Veterinary Dermatology
  • Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care
  • Veterinary Epidemiology
  • Veterinary Neurology
  • Veterinary Ophthalmology

Units of Study

Admission requirement

Places in this program will be advertised when available and candidates will be selected through application and interview only. Available positions and streams can be found on the application form:

Application form

Selection criteria for admission to program

Application to the program is not automatic and is based on merit according to the following factors:

  • Grade point average (GPA) or Weighted Average Mean Average (WAM) of veterinary degree (essential).
  • Honours mark or equivalent (essential). Membership of Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists is equivalent to Hons I.
  • ‘Accepted’ or published papers in Web of Knowledge listed journals or respected open access on-line journals (not essential, but desirable).
  • Presentations/abstracts at national and international veterinary conferences (not essential, but desirable).
  • Other esteem factors e.g. awards, veterinary positions held since graduation (not essential, but desirable).
  • A minimum experience of a one year rotating internship or equivalent practice experience (essential).
  • Two referees’ reports (essential).

Applications will be ranked (in the same manner as for all USYD applicants applying for Australian Postgraduate Awards) within each of the disciplines seeking residents at that time.

The highest ranked applicants within each of the disciplines seeking residents at that time, will be requested to attend an interview with the Faculty Academics that oversee this program. Final selection will be made after the interview.  

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Clinical Veterinary Science, you must have completed the equivalent of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Additional application requirements

You will be required to upload all the following documents when you submit your application:

  • certified academic transcripts for all your previous tertiary study, if they were not completed at the University of Sydney
  • CV, providing a summary of your work experience
  • two academic reference reports
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying
  • research proposal
  • evidence that your supervisor supports your application. This can be PDF copies of emails between you and your supervisor
  • proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your permanent resident visa)

English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Career Pathways

The School of Veterinary Science's combined MVetStud/MVetClinStud degree offers practical advanced clinical training in selected disciplines for veterinarians who want to enhance their clinical skills and/or seek to become veterinary specialists.


This combined program is aligned to assist candidates to obtain credentials required to be considered eligible by Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVSc) to sit Fellowship examinations. Many of these credentials also fulfil the requirements of the equivalent European or American Diplomate/Specialist requirements in some fields.

Domestic students

International students

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