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Overview

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a vertically integrated masters, which provides you with both a scientific foundation and specialist clinical and medical experience. With its integrated approach designed for understanding real-world situations, the six-year course will turn you into a global professional at the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine.

This six year course will provide you with both a scientific foundation and specialist clinical and medical experience. In the first and second years of the degree, you will learn the fundamentals of biomedical and animal sciences that underpin veterinary sciences. The difference, though, is that this learning will be done in an integrated, cross-subject way that sets you up for understanding real-world situations. 

From your third year of study we will immerse you in real-world medicine. We have a strong focus on clinical cases, applied problems, and practical experience means you will leave thoroughly prepared to launch straight into a career as vet. You’ll start training to be a professional by applying this knowledge in clinical settings, such as at our hospitals located on campuses in Sydney and Camden. Your final, lecture-free year will be spent entirely doing clinical rotations through a variety of placements. These will give you a taste of the many career options available, including small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies, or more specialised options like equine and wildlife health.

Once you leave us, you’ll be a veterinary professional able to view issues from a population health framework, with a strong animal welfare consciousness, and the skills and confidence to be at the forefront of the industry.

Ancillary costs associated with the BVetBiol/DVM 
It is imperative students make allowance for ancillary fees associated with equipment, clothing and footwear, travel and accommodation relating to placements, and other incidentals. To assist students with their planning we provide a ‘guide’ on ancillary costs. These costs are not actual costs they are to be used as a guide only. It is important to note these fees will vary from year to year.

Subject areas
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Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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

English language proficiency

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

Your fee

Please note: Once you begin the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine component of this degree, you are subject to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course fees. For a guide to the fees that apply, visit the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course page. Once on this page, please select your residency/citizenship status and year of study to display the appropriate fees.

Additional course costs 

This course has specific additional course costs that are important to note. To assist students with their planning, we provide a ‘guide’ on these additional course costs.

Your funding & scholarships

Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.

Every year, we provide hundreds of scholarships, awards and prizes to students of all backgrounds and levels.

How to apply

Recent school leavers (i.e. secondary students completing Year 12) must apply for the entry to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Medicine through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. 

At the time of application, all applicants must upload their 'Commitment to Veterinary Science form' as a supporting document via UAC or Sydney Student (for direct applicants).

Please note applications for 2021-intake BVB/DVM close on 20 November 2020. 

Current students at the University of Sydney applying to transfer from another bachelor degree to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Medicine must apply directly to the University. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the transferring courses page. Transfer applicants must email their 'Commitment to Veterinary Science form' to: admissions.mail@sydney.edu.au.

Information on enrolments and withdrawals is available on the current students webpage.

Refer to the UAC website. Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Please note: your Commitment Statement must be submitted by 20 November 2020.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

International applicants apply for entry to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Medicine directly through the University of Sydney. Click the 'Apply' button on the right hand side of this course page to begin the online application process through our Sydney Student system. 

At the time of application, all applicants must upload their 'Commitment to Veterinary Science form' as a supporting document via UAC or Sydney Student (for direct applicants).

Please note applications for 2021-intake BVB/DVM close on 20 November 2020. 

However, please note that recent school leavers with Australian secondary qualifications (e.g. international students undertaking the NSW HSC) are eligible to apply for entry to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Medicine through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC). Refer to the UAC website for key dates. UAC applicants must upload their 'Commitment to Veterinary Science form' to UAC, so it can be attached to their UAC application.

Information on enrolments and withdrawals is available on the current students webpage.

Closing dates

Direct applicants:
Semester 1
 - 20 November 2020

This course is subject to a quota, applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as capacity may be reached prior to the published closing date.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March)

Recent school leavers (i.e. secondary students completing Year 12) must apply for the entry to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Medicine through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Refer to the UAC website for key dates. 

At the time of application, all applicants must upload their 'Commitment to Veterinary Science form' as a supporting document via UAC or Sydney Student (for direct applicants).

Please note applications for 2021-intake BVB/DVM close on 20 November 2020. 

Current students at the University of Sydney applying to transfer from another bachelor degree to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Medicine must apply directly to the University. For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the transferring courses page. Transfer applicants must email their 'Commitment to Veterinary Science form' to: admissions.mail@sydney.edu.au.

Information on enrolments and withdrawals is available on the current students webpage.

What you'll study

Students in first and second year are given a sound grounding in the basic biomedical sciences relevant to veterinary science. Examples of clinical cases and actual problems in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning in many subject areas.

Emphasis then shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. The University of Sydney's BVetBiol/DVM program incorporates a lecture-free year in which students are assigned as 'interns' in university and commercial partner practices.

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 2172 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

This is completed in rotations as veterinary student interns.

Sample study plan

Year Sem Unit of study
1 1 Life and Evolution Chemistry 1A Introduction to Statistical Methods Elective
  2 From Molecules to Ecosystems Chemistry 1B Concepts of Animal Management Elective
2 1 Genetics and Genomics Animal Energetics and Homeostatis Animal Structure and Function Elective
  2 Introductory Veterinary Pathogenesis Animal Nutrition Animal Structure and Function Elective
3 (DVM) Foundations of Veterinary Science A & B
Professional Skills 1A & 1B
The Veterinary Professional 1
Animal Management Systems 1Research and Enquiry 1A & 1B
4 (DVM) Principles of Animal Disease A & B
Professional Skills 2A & 2B
The Veterinary Professional 2
Animal Management Systems 2
Research and Enquiry 2A & 2B
5 (DVM) Small Animal Practice A & B
Veterinary Public Practice
Veterinary Practice Management
Clinical Foundations
Research and Enquiry 3B
Small Practice A & B
Livestock Practice A & B
Equine Practice A & B
Exotic and Wildlife Practice
Intensive Animal Practice
6 (DVM) Small Animal Clinics A, B, C & D
Large Animal Clinics A & B
Lab Investigations of Clinical Disease
Public, Industry or Community Placement
Extramural Placement 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assumed knowledge

Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. Biology is recommended. 

Applying for honours

Honours in Veterinary Biology is available to meritorious candidates who complete an additional year of full time study, after the successful completion of year 3. Students must complete the requirements for the honours course full-time over two consecutive semesters. If the Faculty is satisfied that a student is unable to attempt the honours course on a full time basis and if the Dean so recommends, permission may be granted to undertake honours part-time over four consecutive semesters.

Students who qualify to undertake honours in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology may elect to enrol in the honours programme by suspending candidature from the Bachelor Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for one year after successful completion of year 3, with the permission of the Faculty or by undertaking the honours course after completion of both degrees in the combined programme.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents); or currently undertaking tertiary study at the University of Sydney. Students who commenced external tertiary studies are not eligible to apply unless it is from an institution with which the University of Sydney has a relevant credit articulation partnership#.
  • 'Commitment to Veterinary Science': Commitment to veterinary science is to be detailed on this form - please note applications for 2021-intake BVB/DVM close on 20 November 2020^.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. 

# The University of Sydney currently has a credit articulation partnership with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, for the Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience. 

Eligible applicants with prior tertiary study may only be offered a place in Year 1 or Year 2 of the course, subject to availability of places in the relevant year group. No offers will be made from Year 3 onwards. Students seeking credit for prior learning must indicate this on application and will only be granted credit for relevant units of study at the time of admission.

^ Applicants who have not been able to undertake planned work experience due to Covid-19 should indicate this in the 'Additional Information' section of the commitment form and attach any supporting evidence such as a letter from the establishment where work experience was planned to be undertaken. 

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential tasks and activities necessary to be able to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. They are specific to a particular course or discipline. To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified and set out the Inherent Requirements for this course.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you've already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

During your lecture free final year program you will undertake clinical rotations through a variety of career option placements. As a student intern you will complete rotations at our University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with our Partners in Veterinary Education. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations may be in a wide variety of areas and enable you to focus on particular career interests such as government, industry, research specialist practice, equine and wildlife.

Travel arrangements to University farms

During the first and second year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, students must travel to the University farms in Camden on a weekly basis. Camden is about 60km south-west of Sydney and the location of all large animal teaching facilities. Transport and other costs associated with travelling to and from the Camden campus must be covered by students. Public transport to this site from the nearest railway station is infrequent and students requiring transport are encouraged to join a carpool on a shared cost basis. The School assists students with organising a carpool.

During the third year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, all teaching and practical classes will be based in Camden, and students are advised to either keep the same travelling arrangements as in previous years or to make on-campus living arrangements.

Professional accreditation

We hold and maintains continuous accreditation through the transition to a new veterinary program. Graduates of accredited programs are immediately eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons' Board in each state and territory in Australia. The course is also recognised internationally by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students graduating from an AVMA accredited School have their degree recognised in North America and are entitled to sit the US National Veterinary Licensing Examinations.

Visit our accredited programs page to learn more.

Professional registration

In order to be eligible for registration, the University of Sydney must inform the Veterinary Practitioners Boards that you have completed the requirements of your degree.

The SSVS Board of Examiners will meet to confirm results after the end of the examinations. A list of graduates will be sent from the School Office to the different Veterinary Boards across Australia. Students seeking to practice Veterinary Medicine overseas, should consult the local registration authority for legislative and registration information.

Please visit the relevant Veterinary Practitioners Boards websites for further information:

Information on registration in the UK and North America can be found online at:

Career pathways

  • Private veterinary practice
  • Corporate veterinary medicine
  • Animal welfare
  • Public policy
  • Infectious disease units
  • Biosecurity
  • Food safety
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Inspection and environment quality control
  • Veterinary research and education
  • Diagnostic services
  • Veterinary public health

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