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So you want to be a vet? 5 reasons to study at the University of Sydney

Why study veterinary science at Sydney
As Australia’s top veterinary school, when you study at the University of Sydney you will learn from world-leading animal and veterinary scientists, while getting hands-on experience that will prepare you for a rewarding career in animal health and welfare.

1. Global leaders in veterinary education

The University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and 12th in the world for veterinary science in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. We have also been given a maximum score of 5 in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) for the veterinary sciences field of research. When you study with us, you learn the latest in evidence-based practice from our world-renowned animal and veterinary scientists and benefit from a fully integrated learning curriculum with clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commencing in the first semester and throughout the course.

2. Our degrees are internationally recognised

Graduates of our Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees are eligible for immediate registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in Australia. Our courses are also internationally accredited, so you can apply to work as a veterinarian around the world.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are accredited by:

  • Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc.: recognised in Australia and New Zealand.
  • American Veterinary Medical Association: recognised in North America.
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK): recognised in the United Kingdom and certain countries in Asia, including Singapore and Hong Kong.
  • South African Veterinary Council.
Map of countries where accreditation is recognised

3. Experience the best of both worlds

Our courses in animal health and veterinary science are taught across our city and rural campuses, allowing you to experience all that Australia has to offer. Our Camperdown Campus offers beautiful sandstone architecture alongside modern lecture theatres, advanced laboratories and a well-equipped clinical teaching hospital. In an entirely different environment southwest of Sydney, our semi-rural Camden campus allows students to gain experience with the large-animal industries as well as exotic species and native Australian wildlife.

Cowherd at Camden Farm

4. Get hands-on experience in our veterinary teaching hospitals

Our veterinary teaching hospitals provide expert care and treatment of all creatures great and small, alongside training the next generation of veterinarians. You’ll gain hands-on experience from your first semester with practical classes and clinical placements with opportunities to develop your experience working with everything from domestic pets, to horses, livestock, reptiles, birds and even our unique Australian wildlife.

Student treating a cat

5. Graduate alongside the world’s most employable

University of Sydney graduates were named the most employable in Australia and in the top four globally for the fourth year in a row in the 2020 QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Our veterinary science graduates can be found in a range of exciting fields from private veterinary practices working with livestock, equine or small animals to roles in international animal health, welfare and food production.


Ready to take the next step? Explore our Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and graduate entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

This page was updated on 26 May 2020.

14 June 2019

Lucy Fuchter

Lucy Fuchter
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
"I love science and I love animals, so studying to become a veterinarian seemed to be the perfect solution. I’ve always loved learning about the way things work and the world around me. As part of this degree, I’ve been on placements all over Australia, and have done one overseas."