What’s the difference between the animal health, biology and conservation degrees?

14 December 2020
You have a passion for animals, but which degree to choose?
There are a number of ways to study animal health, biology and conservation, so we step through what each of our animal-related science degrees offers you, to help make choosing easier.

If you want to make a real difference to animal health, biology and conservation, our degrees will give you the knowledge and practical skills you need to succeed in your chosen area.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation)

Did you know that Australia has the worst record of mammalian extinction in the world, or that more than one billion animals perished in the 2019-2020 Australian bushfires? It’s more important than ever to study wildlife conservation and this degree will give you skills in the protection of wild animal species, habitats and ecosystems, enabling you to take action and make a difference to our world.

This four-year course sees you studying at the University of Sydney Camperdown campus, Taronga Zoo, the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning in Sydney, and Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, learning from experts at both institutions (university and zoo).

You’ll develop skills in achieving conservation outcomes and establish vital links between theory and practise to respond to complex conservation challenges. You’ll learn about the key components of wildlife conservation, including wildlife health and welfare, ecology, nutrition, behaviour, biodiversity conservation, and population management.

The theory, practise and application of wildlife conservation will prepare you for a range of careers from working for a conservation NGO (non-government organisation), to conducting research, to developing policy, to environmental consultancy. The sky is the limit in terms of where you can apply your conservation knowledge!

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation)

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Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience)

If you have a keen interest in animals, this four year course will give you fundamental and applied knowledge in animal and veterinary biosciences.

You’ll learn about both domestic animals and wildlife species, how they interact with their environment, and gain knowledge in fields such as applied biotechnologies, reproduction and nutrition. You’ll delve into the details of animal structure and function, and apply innovative approaches and technologies to enhance animal management and welfare.

Explore animal behaviour and management systems that respect ethical and environmental concerns and promote animal welfare through this course. This industry-oriented, science-based course will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of veterinary and animal science industries.

Through your studies, you’ll get an all-inclusive appreciation of the multidisciplinary sciences involved in the veterinary and allied animal science industries, including companion animals and wildlife. Alongside the breadth of animal sciences units, you can choose a complementary major from a broad range of areas either to specialise or diversify your knowledge and prepare you for dynamic opportunities to work with animals.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience)

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All of the Bachelor of Science degrees

Across our range of Bachelor of Science degrees, you can major in animal biology, health and conservation areas, which will also lead you into animal-related careers. Our animal biology, health and conservation majors are:

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Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

If you’d like to become a practicing vet, then this is the course for you. With its integrated approach designed for understanding real-world situations, this six year course will turn you into a global professional at the cutting edge of modern veterinary medicine. You’ll gain both a scientific foundation, and specialist veterinary 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. Your learning will be done in a unique integrated, cross-subject way that sets you up for understanding real-world situations. 

From your third year of study, you’ll be immersed in real-world veterinary medicine. With a strong focus on clinical cases, applied problems, and practical experience, the course will thoroughly prepare you to launch straight into a career as vet.

Your clinical placements in this course 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 graduate, 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.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine