Animal health

Turn your passion for animals into a rewarding career
Studying animal health offers diverse career paths, focusing on animal welfare, conservation, and medical care, with growing demand and global impact.

Australia has a thriving veterinary and animal science industry, with a range of careers for graduates who love working with animals that extends beyond becoming a veterinarian.

The animal health industry is a fascinating area that attracts individuals passionate about the well-being of animals, spanning from household pets to livestock and wildlife.

Professionals in this field employ innovative research and techniques to diagnose and treat various health conditions in animals. Their work extends across diverse sectors, including veterinary practices, wildlife conservation, agriculture, and research institutions, contributing to animal welfare and the advancement of veterinary medicine. 

Animal health is a fulfilling field with diverse opportunities and a growing demand with veterinarian opportunities alone expected to see a 19.7% increase in jobs over the next 5 years.

What are the career opportunities in animal health?

A wildlife biologist plays a vital role in safeguarding the Earth's biodiversity. They primarily study the behavior, distribution, populations, and habitats of various animal species.

Wildlife biologists work in diverse settings, from the field to research facilities, collaborating with governments, non-profits, and wildlife organisations.

This role suits individuals passionate about wildlife and environmental preservation.

Expected annual salary: $142,100 *World Salaries

For those with a natural passion for animals, pursuing a career as a veterinarian will feed your passion while also offering a rewarding profession dedicated to providing care for both animals and their caregivers.

Veterinarians diagnose illnesses, perform surgeries, administer vaccinations, and provide preventive care to ensure the well-being of animals.

In addition to hands-on animal care, they might spend time advising pet owners on nutrition, behaviour, and general animal welfare.

Expected salary: $105,000 *Indeed

Public policy advisors play a crucial role in shaping legislation and regulations that impact animal health and well-being. They use their expertise in animal health to advocate for the welfare of animals and the veterinarian community.

A professional in Veterinary Public Policy serves as a liaison connecting the veterinary community with policymakers and ensuring that policies accurately represent the animal health community. 

Public policy advisors are typically employed by the government, not-for-profit organisations or advocacy groups. Graduates can be found working with organisations such as the Australian Veterinary Association.

Expected salary: $72,000 *PayScale

What to study?

We have degree options that will help get you where you want to be.

Find out how you can study animal health and veterinary science with us.

Our graduates

Belinda Parsons - Owner and Veterinarian, Rouse Hill Family Vets

Bachelor of Veterinary Science '05
Belinda is a small animal veterinarian with over 15 years of industry experience. She is the General Manager of the Great Western Animal Hospital and is active on digital platforms with her own vet practice blog.
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Dylan Mason - Graduate Ecologist, Biosis

Dr Brendan McMonigal
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation)
Dylan is a recent graduate and is now a Graduate Ecologist at Biosis, an environmental consultancy firm.
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