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Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Science, BVSc

There is a strong commitment to provision of opportunities for students to spend time in veterinary practices and these extramural links with practising veterinary surgeons are an important component of the BVSc program.

All Year 4 teaching is held on the Camden Campus.

In Year 5 all students are required to undertake rotations at University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals (Sydney and Camden), Extramural Small Animal Practices, Extramural Rural Practices, Livestock Health and Pest Authority and at other sites on nomination. Students are responsible for funding their transport and accommodation expenses to complete each rotation.

Clinical experience

The Faculty of Veterinary Science maintains teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, and the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region.

Practical work requirements

Students are required to complete an extramural studies program of practical work in pre-clinical (animal husbandry) and preparatory clinical (veterinary practice) placements during vacation periods from the completion of year one to the start of year four. Students are also required to attend a placement at an abattoir in fourth year. In fifth year, students complete a minimum of 40 weeks of clinical rotations at approved extramural sites and the University Veterinary Teaching Hospitals (Sydney and Camden). The extramural studies program meets requirements set by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is an essential component of our degree. All arrangements for placements in these programs are made through the faculty office.

BVSc Honours

Honours First Class and Honours Second Class may be awarded at graduation. Students who are eligible to pursue honours will enrol in VETS5400 unit of study instead of the two standard Elective Rotations: VETS5360 Elective Rotation 1 (6 credit points) and VETS5361 Elective Rotation 2 (6 credit points).

VETS5400 Prerequisites
Honours Elective Research Veterinary Science Years 2-4
12 Credit Points WAM=>70

Course rules


Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2000 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism.

Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code Course title
NH002 Bachelor of Veterinary Science

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time only.

3 Admission to candidature

Admission to this course is on the basis of a secondary school leaving qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) or tertiary study. English language requirements must be met where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English. Special admission pathways are open for educationally disadvantaged applicants, rural applicants and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Applicants are ranked by merit and offers for available places are issued according to the ranking. Details of admission policies are found in the Coursework Rule.
In addition, admission to this course requires the applicant to sit a STAT test and submit a Commitment to Veterinary Science Form. The results of this process will form part of the ranking of applicants.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the course are set out in Table of units of study for Bachelor of Veterinary Science.
To qualify for the award of the pass degree, a candidate must successfully complete 240 credit points as prescribed in the table of units of study.

5 Progression rules

Candidates for the degree may enrol in the units of study prescribed for the fourth year of candidature only after completion of Year One to Year Three.
Candidates for the degree may enrol in the units of study prescribed for the final year of candidature only after completion of Year Four.

6 Requirements for the Honours degree

Honours is available to meritorious students who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the program. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of fourth year. Admission requires a WAM of at least 70 in Year 2 to Year 4 units of study.
To qualify for the award of the honours degree a candidate must complete the requirements for the pass degree but include the honours elective unit of study as described in the table of units for the degree. Completion of the degree is required in the minimum standard full time duration. The grade of honours will be determined by an equal weighting of the WAM across all second to fifth year units of study and the honours elective unit of study mark.
Honours Mark = 50% X Year 2-5 WAM + 50% X Honours Elective Unit mark

7 Award of the degree

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science is awarded in the grades of either Pass or Honours. The honours degree is awarded in classes ranging from First Class to Second Class according to the rules specified in the following table:


Honours Mark

Honours Class I

Mark >= 75

Honours Class II

70 <= Mark < 75

Honours not awarded

Mark < 70

Candidates for the award of the Honours degree who do not meet the requirements, but who have otherwise satisfied the course requirements, will be awarded the pass degree.

8 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.