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Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Australian veterinary school applications are officially open!

Are you interested in becoming a vet? Australian veterinary schools applications for the 2019 intake are officially open via OzTREKK! When you apply through OzTREKK, we will walk you through the entire process, step by step—from application to arrival—and you can apply to multiple vet schools at once!

Australian veterinary school applications are officially open!

It’s easy to apply to multiple veterinary schools at once!

World-class Education

OzTREKK represents 4 top-ranked Australian veterinary  schools, each offering state-of-the-art facilities and incredible practical placements that promote industry-ready graduates.

Practicing in Canada

Three Australian vet programs OzTREKK represents are accredited by the AVMA, so graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from Canadian vet schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America.

Get #NashTips!

Introducing our new junior admissions officer, Nash (that’s him in the photos!), OzTREKK Veterinary Admissions Officer’s 3-year-old golden retriever. Nash will be your guide, sending you tips and tricks throughout the application process! 🐶

Nash is also here to answer some FAQs! When you apply through OzTREKK, we will keep you up to date throughout the entire process. You’ll receive regular #NashTips emails with all the info you need to apply, to accept, and to get ready to go to Australia! 🐴🦉🐮🐷🐰🐨 If Nash could speak he’d say, “Apply today!”

OzTREKK was amazing and I would not be here without them. They made my application process so much easier, making sure I had every document needed and helped take the stress away from the complicated process. They also prepared me for my transition to Australia and I felt like my journey has been so smooth due to the advice from OzTREKK. ~ Ashley S, Melbourne DVM student 

About studying vet med in Australia

Programs at Australian veterinary schools are suitable for students who wish to gain entry into a professional veterinary program directly from high school or after having completed undergraduate studies. Canadian students wishing to become a veterinarian have the option of applying to a Bachelor of Veterinary Science program directly from high school, or to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program after having completed science-based bachelor degree.

The following OzTREKK Australian universities offer vet programs:

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If you have any questions about your application, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 (toll free in Canada).

Monday, March 12th, 2018

Sydney Veterinary School ranked number one in Australia—again

Sydney Veterinary School is #1 in Australia—again!

Sydney Veterinary Science ranked number one in Australia—again

Study at the #1 vet school in Australia—Sydney Veterinary School!

The  Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science has been ranked eleventh in the world and number one in Australia in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, cementing its position as a global leader in research and educational excellence.

The school’s core strength is their exceptional staff. Their dedicated work improves animal health, well-being and productivity and contributes to the unique roles of the profession in protecting human health, food supply and societal well-being. This work is more valuable than ever as veterinarians and animal scientists are increasingly acknowledged as playing vital roles in addressing the big issues the world faces: food security, animal conservation, control of emerging disease and protecting the health and welfare of animals.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Sydney Veterinary School

The Sydney DVM  program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students graduating from an AVMA accredited school have their degree recognized in North America and are entitled to sit the NAVLE.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Camden campus (65 km southwest of Sydney) and Camperdown/Darlington campus (main campus)
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2018 intake, applications closed September 14, 2017.

Entry requirements

Students can apply for a position into the Sydney DVM after completing any kind of bachelor degree at a recognized university, as long as program prerequisite units of study have been met. Applicants must have completed the following prerequisite units of study at bachelor-degree level to be eligible for entry:

  • general chemistry (physical and inorganic)
  • organic chemistry
  • biology
  • biochemistry

The minimum GPA for entry is a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale; however, places are limited and there is a strict quota for this course. Entry is highly competitive so students who have achieved the minimum GPA (and other admission requirements) are then ranked on academic performance. The higher your GPA, the better your chances of receiving an offer.

Apply to the University of Sydney Veterinary School!

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Learn more about Sydney Veterinary School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Melbourne veterinary school announces redevelopment plans

New Melbourne Veterinary School students beginning in 2019 will be pleased to hear of the upcoming redevelopment plans for the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the Faculty of Science—that means brand new, purpose-built facilities!

New development in Werribee

Melbourne veterinary school announces redevelopment plans

An artist’s drawing of the new Learning and Teaching Building (Image: University of Melbourne)

The University of Melbourne has recently announced that it will be redeveloping its Werribee campus to create a state-of-the-art facility for clients, students, staff and wider community. The planned new five-storey learning and teaching building will improve the delivery of the university’s world-class veterinary education, and will house cutting-edge equipment and purpose-built spaces, including sitting areas open to the public and a new café.

Part of the redevelopment also includes the upgrade to the U-Vet Animal Hospital, which provides world-class treatments for pets as well as the best possible hands-on clinical experience for veterinary students.

Along with new landscaped gardens with improved pedestrian access and an upgraded parking area, there will also be a new emergency section with separate waiting areas for different species and additional consultation rooms.

Throughout the construction, U-Vet will continue to operate 24-hours and provide the same high-quality medical care for animals. Learning, teaching and research activities will also continue. Any changes will be clearly signed and alternative parking will be provided.

The Werribee Redevelopment has been designed in consultation with veterinarians with expertise in animal behaviour. The project aligns with the aspirations of the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Planning Authority and Wyndham City Council.

Western Edge Biosciences project

In tandem with the Werribee project, the Western Edge Biosciences Stage 1 project will, for the first time, bring together the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Science into one cohesive precinct.

Melbourne veterinary school announces redevelopment plans

Artist impression of the new U-Vet Hospital
(Image: University of Melbourne)

This world-class building will provide an active and flexible learning environment that has been designed specifically to suit the biosciences. Housing purpose-built wet and dry teaching labs, and various formal and informal learning spaces, the building allows for several classes to run simultaneously within the same area.

The corner of Tin Alley and Royal Parade will be revitalised by the new precinct for future bio scientists, vets and doctors. The precinct has been architecturally designed to reflect the theme of biosciences throughout.

With a rich façade and a welcoming natured-based design, the design aims to blend the interior and exterior spaces. The impressive landscape design references the university’s historical System Garden, which will be visible from the informal areas inside.

The WEBS Parkville program has been undertaken in close collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science and the Faculty of Science, including user groups with representatives from each faculty.

Both projects are expected to be completed and ready for teaching in Semester 1, 2019.

Are you interested in studying veterinary medicine at the University of Melbourne?

The University of Melbourne’s four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first-century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
  • submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).

Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.

Selection into the program will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average and above should apply.

Apply to Melbourne Veterinary School!

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Do you have questions about applying to Melbourne Veterinary School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Vet Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com.

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Distinguished academic appointed Head of UQ Veterinary Science

The UQ School of Veterinary Science has received some great news lately.

Currently ranked number 1 in Australia*, the school has just announced an internationally renowned veterinary academic and a leader in the University of Queensland’s One Health initiative has been appointed to head of UQ School of Veterinary Science. Following a competitive international selection process, Executive Dean of UQ’s Faculty of Science Professor Melissa Brown announced Professor Nigel Perkins as the new Head of School.

UQ veterinary science

Prof Perkins is the new Head of UQ School of Veterinary Science (Photo: UQ)

Professor Perkins said he looked forward to working with his colleagues to build on the school’s current international standing in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities.

“I would like to maintain the school’s record as the preferred choice for the very best students and staff from Australia and across the world,” Prof Perkins said.

Originally from southwest Queensland, Professor Perkins completed his veterinary science degree at UQ in 1984, earning first-class honours and a University Medal. This was followed by a Master of Science at The Ohio State University and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology at Massey University, New Zealand.

He has practiced as a veterinarian in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and has worked as a veterinary academic clinician at university veterinary schools in the USA, New Zealand and Australia.

Professor Perkins has held leadership roles including as Group Leader of the EpiCentre, an internationally acclaimed epidemiology research and consultancy centre within the Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Science, Massey University, New Zealand.

He was research program manager for the Horse R&D Program within the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (now AgriFutures Australia); and surveillance program coordinator for the Australian Biosecurity Co-operative Research Centre.

Professor Perkins was Chief Examiner of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and Director of AusVet Animal Health Services, a private Australian epidemiology consulting company operating in many countries around the world.

“The school has great facilities and caseloads and fantastic students and staff,” Prof Perkins said. “My predecessors, acting head Associate Professor Jenny Seddon and former head Professor Glen Coleman have left the school in great shape and I look forward to continuing this success.”

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2017

Why study veterinary science at UQ?

The UQ veterinary science program is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand. The UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science provides the broadest base in the biological sciences of any undergraduate course and provides a very wide range of career options as well as its professional qualifications, enabling graduates to practice veterinary medicine and surgery.

Practice in Canada
The University of Queensland’s Bachelor of Veterinary Science program was accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2012. This means that graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from North American vet schools when undertaking licensing examinations in North America. Graduates are eligible to sit the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination along with graduates from accredited veterinary colleges in the United States and Canada.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
Location: Gatton, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 5 years
Application deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 29; however, late applications may be accepted. It is strongly recommended that students apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.

Apply to UQ Veterinary School!

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Do you have any questions about the UQ veterinary science program? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com. We’re here to help!

Monday, November 27th, 2017

Breakthrough dog surgery performed at University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Open-heart surgery to address the most common cardiorespiratory disease in dogs has been performed for the first time in Australia at the University of Sydney’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Every year, mitral valve disease (MVD) kills thousands of dogs in Australia, and millions worldwide. There is no cure and death usually occurs within a year after symptoms of heart failure being diagnosed.

Breakthrough dog surgery performed at University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science

Dr Uechi and Dr Niek Beijerink prepare Prince for the surgery (Photo: University of Sydney)

The only exception to this is a surgical procedure developed by Dr Masami Uechi, Director of Jasmine Veterinary Cardiovascular Medical Centre in Japan, which has added years to the lives of dogs affected by the condition.

Dr Uechi, accompanied by five of his surgical team, flew to Australia to perform the open-heart surgery recently with University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science  specialists.

“We’re excited and grateful that Dr Uechi and his team could perform this surgery at our clinic. It is an unparalleled opportunity for us to assist with the surgery,” said Dr Niek Beijerink, the veterinary cardiology specialist who took part in the operation.

“It means that we’ll be able to start the process of learning how to perform the surgery ourselves on Australian dogs and hopefully prolong many of their lives.”

Dr Beijerink invited Dr Uechi, who he has known for many years, to come to Australia.

The six-hour operation was performed on Prince, a 10-year-old male Cavalier King Charles spaniel who was diagnosed with severe heart failure due to MVD earlier this year.

The operation was a success and promises to extend Prince’s life by many years.

“Due to the fact that this was a first-of-its-kind operation, the emotional and financial cost was high but we hope that these early first steps will eventually mean Dr Uechi’s procedure will be more accessible for dog owners in Australia who were previously left without hope if their dog was diagnosed with MVD.

“We would like to thank Dr Uechi and his team, Dr Beijerink and the staff at Sydney University for saving Prince.

“We are especially grateful that the owner of Jackson, another dog with this condition who sadly died shortly before he could be operated on alongside Prince, contributed to the costs for Prince’s surgery.”

Dr Uechi said, “This technique of mitral valve repair has been developed over 15 years. It began with open-heart surgery on cats before applying it to dogs. I have now performed over 900 operations on dogs with MVD with a 94 percent success rate.

“I’m very happy to have had the opportunity to share my knowledge with my University of Sydney colleagues and begin to teach them this technique, which will prolong the lives of many dogs in the future.”

Dr Uechi’s team will continue to liaise with the University of Sydney’s veterinary surgeons, and to visit the university in 2018.

The University of Sydney has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to support the costs associated with training their staff to develop a centre for mitral valve repair in the upcoming years.

Mitral valve disease (MVD) is caused by the wearing out of the valve that prevents blood from going backwards from the heart’s left ventricle (pumping chamber) to the left atrium (upper chamber), ultimately resulting in trouble breathing due to heart failure.

MVD is most common in middle-aged to older small- to medium-size breed dogs such as dachshunds, poodles and chihuahuas.

Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney

The Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science veterinary teaching hospitals provide world-class clinical services and have the latest technology for the care of companion animals, wildlife, livestock and horses. These facilities allows the university to train the next generation of veterinary practitioners and specialists.

The Sydney DVM program encourages enrollment of students from diverse backgrounds and aims to help them achieve their goals to become veterinary medical professionals in the global community. Teaching is research-driven to ensure students learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intake: March
Program duration: 4 years

Apply to the Sydney Veterinary School!

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Are you wondering about Sydney Veterinary School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com.

Friday, September 29th, 2017

“Getting ready to go to Australia” tips with Meghan

It’s the end of September. There’s a chill in the air (finally), and time is ticking. Pretty soon you’ll be packing your bags and boarding your flight to Australia!

Getting ready to go to Australia

You should also have a beer to celebrate your arrival!

This pre-departure phase can be stressful for some students, so OzTREKK Admissions Coordinator / Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank has recommendations for all the different stages—from application to arrival.

Before You Go

Once we have processed your application your OzTREKK Admissions Officer will send you an email with the application instructions. Keep this email handy; it provides you with the list of documents required for your application—you can even strike documents off when you have sent them in. It will be a good reference to see what you still need and what you have already done!

Best way to get prepared? Attend events! OzTREKK hosts lots of events throughout the year both in person and via webinars. These events are full of information and opportunities to meet other students. We haven’t finalized all the details yet, but be prepared to attend some amazing in-person meet-and-greet events where you can meet the people who will be studying with you! Don’t worry—your admissions officer will keep you in the loop.

Getting ready to go to Australia tips with Meghan

Flying over Fraser Island

The Trip

How to survive the trip to Oz? If you are like my boyfriend… you sleep, wake up for 15 minutes, take a sleeping pill, and sleep some more. If you are me, you take this opportunity to watch all the TV shows and movies you want.  My suggestion is to bring some on your laptop because if you have luck like I do, you will be in the middle seat and the older lady beside you will fall asleep with her elbow firmly pressed on your volume button and you will not have the heart to wake her up.

When you get to Australia

You need to try a flat white! I had never heard of them before and I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker prior… but they are soo good! (Even my boyfriend, the strict Timmy’s coffee drinker, liked them!)

How to make the most of your experience

Travel! Australia has a lot to offer and it is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. See as many things as you can!

Fraser Island is amazing! It has a little bit of everything. There is a runway on the beach and you can fly in a small plane over the island. I highly suggest spending the extra few $ to do this because it was the highlight of my trip!

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Would you like more info about your pre-departure prep? We’ll be hosting several webinars this fall and our in-person events. Stay tuned!

Friday, August 11th, 2017

University of Melbourne veterinarians launch new pain management study for dogs

Just like their owners, man’s best friend can also suffer from osteoarthritis, a type of arthritis that occurs when cartilage at the ends of bones wears down causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint.

University of Melbourne veterinarians launch new pain management study for dogs

University of Melbourne veterinarians have launched a new pain-management study for dogs

A new pain management study for dogs, the first of its kind in Australia, has been launched by veterinarians at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet clinic in Werribee to look at a new way to treat osteoarthritis in canines.

Dr Andrew Woodward and Dr Thierry Beths are leading the study and note that pain management for dogs is very similar to how humans are treated.

“When a dog has osteoarthritis we tend to see symptoms such as limited movement including limping,” says Dr Woodward from the Pain Management and Rehabilitation Clinic at the university’s U-Vet Clinic.

“Pets are part of the family, so it’s understandably very concerning for owners when their dog is in pain. With the condition osteoarthritis, dogs do experience mild discomfort to severe pain and lameness from joint swelling.”

The study will test a new plant oil-based pain relief gel.

The University of Melbourne Veterinary research team is recruiting 64 dogs for the canine pain management trial. Dogs need to

  • Have lameness or difficulty moving associated with osteoarthritis
  • Be older than 6 months of age
  • Have been off any arthritis-related medication for 1 week
  • Participate in the 35-day study, including five visits to the Werribee clinic

Dogs will be x-rayed, a blood test taken and have a Fitbit-like device fitted to monitor level of activity. The device measures a subject’s energy expenditure and number of steps in real time, where a reduction in movement can indicate pain.

The patient’s gait will also be recorded using a pressure-sensing walkaway. The walkway allows analysis of the patient’s gait by measuring the ground force reaction at each step.

Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Melbourne Veterinary School offers the four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree. The curriculum has been carefully developed to graduate highly capable veterinary scientists whose abilities to solve problems, to draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, to interpret evidence, and to make decisions and act upon them within a clear ethical and professional framework embody all of the graduate attributes to which the faculty aspires.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Veterinary School!

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Do you have questions about studying at the University of Melbourne Veterinary School? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Meghan Strank at meghan@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Stages of the Melbourne DVM

The primary aim of the Melbourne DVM curriculum is to graduate highly capable veterinary scientists whose abilities to solve problems, to draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, to interpret evidence, and to make decisions and act upon them within a clear ethical and professional framework embody all of the graduate attributes to which the faculty aspires.

The University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student experience

Study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne

If you’ve applied to the University of Melbourne Veterinary School, or if you’ve received an offer, here’s what you can expect:

Years 1 & 2: Build solid foundations

Introduction to the scientific basis of animal health and disease with integrated studies in the following:

  • Veterinary bioscience and an integrated, systems-based study of anatomy, physiology, pathology and pharmacology of each organ system
  • Applications in animal health provides (determinants of disease in populations and in production animal systems)
  • Infections, populations and public health
  • Practical problem-solving and teamwork, including four hours per week of case-based group work

Year 3: Get career-focused, via Melbourne’s Tracks program

Commence your practical clinical training with an introduction to the principles of clinical practice and to species-based medicine and surgery. In addition to your general training, you can select a track in your chosen area of interest. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the extra practical classes and activities with classmates who share your interests.

Four tracks

  1. Production Animal Track
  2. Small Animal track
  3. Government, Industry and Conservation Health Track
  4. Equine Track

Year 4: A year of practice-based learning

Fourth year is also part of the Track program. It is a practical year, conducted under supervision in the University Veterinary Hospital and via external placements. This year includes a final, intensive one-week professional practice program, which consolidates knowledge in preparation for transition into the workforce.

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
  • submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).

Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.

Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average and above should apply.

Apply to Melbourne Veterinary School!

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Do you have questions about the Melbourne DVM? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

JCU veterinary alumni in running to be new Bondi Vet

Three JCU veterinary alumni are in the running to become TV’s newest vet star.

JCU Vet

Bondi Vet is a popular Australian television show (Photo via: JCU)

Three Bachelor of Veterinary Science graduates from James Cook University, Campbell Costello, Sheridan Lathe and Stuart Cunningham, are among the top 50 hopefuls vying to become the next Bondi Vet.

Bondi Vet is an Australian factual television series following the lives of veterinary surgeon Chris Brown at the Bondi Junction Veterinary Hospital (near Bondi Beach), and emergency veterinarian Lisa Chimes at the Small Animal Specialist Hospital (SASH) in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde.

The creators of Bondi Vet, WFTN Entertainment, announced an Australia-wide search for the next star of the popular television show, asking members of the public to nominate and vote for their favourite vet.

The top 50 long list includes veterinarians from around Australia, including the three JCU alumni:

Dr Campbell Costello (class of 2010) is a veterinary agent for hire and has been involved in veterinary contracts around Australia and the world including the Iditarod in Alaska, the Mongol Derby in Mongolia and the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan.

Dr Sheridan Lathe (class of 2011) travels around the world with her husband on their yacht, providing assistance to zoos, clinics and animal rescue groups to educate staff, treat animals and raise awareness about animal health in local communities.

Dr Stuart Cunningham (class of 2013) works at Vetlove in Brisbane where he says no two days are the same. The highlight of his job is getting to know his patients and watching them grow with their families.

About JCU Veterinary School

The JCU veterinary program has been offered since 2006. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a wide range of animals including companion animals, farm animals, aquatic species and native fauna. In addition, students will acquire a thorough knowledge of animal production systems, particularly tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture.

This veterinary science program offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities in a new veterinary emergency and referral clinic on the Townsville campus and a specialist large-animal treatment facility on the tablelands, which provide clinical experience and training for final-year students.

Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)
Location: Townsville, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Program duration: 5 years
Application deadline: September 29, 2017

Apply to JCU Veterinary School!

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For more information about JCU Veterinary School, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

What is the University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Tracks program?

The University of Melbourne’s four-year, graduate-entry Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree offers veterinary students the best possible preparation for twenty-first-century careers in a rapidly changing and increasingly global workforce. Students can expect to learn the latest theory and practice, with plenty of practical hands-on experience, taught by a team of leading veterinarians.

New Melbourne DVM students will take part in the university’s unique Tracks program. Tracks help prepare students for their chosen career path by concentrating their studies on a particular area of clinical interest and gaining complementary industry-ready skills and knowledge. This represents the latest international education models and enables you to stand out from the crowd upon graduation!

What is the University of Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Tracks program?

Study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne

Melbourne’s Tracks program

Commence your practical clinical training with an introduction to the principles of clinical practice and to species-based medicine and surgery. In addition to your general training, you can select a track in your chosen area of interest. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the extra practical classes and activities with classmates who share your interests.

Production Animal Track

This track will provide enhanced opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and exposure to production animal medicine including working with cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. Upon graduation, students who choose this track may enter mixed veterinary practice, pursue further study such as a residency, work for the government or quarantine inspection services, work as a production animal health management consultant, or work for private production animal industries such as pigs and poultry producers.

Small Animal Track

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students who are interested in pursuing a career path working with cats, dogs and small pets can elect to join the small animal track. This track will provide enhanced opportunities for students to follow their interest in small animal medicine, small animal surgery, or disciplines such as dermatology and ophthalmology. Upon graduation, students who chose this track may choose to enter private small-animal practice, pursue further study such as an internship or residency, or work for government or private companies supporting the small animal industries.

Government, Industry and Conservation Health Track

Students who are interested in pursuing a career path outside of traditional veterinary clinical practice can elect to join the Government, Industry and Conservation Health track. This track will provide students with enhanced opportunities to pursue their individual area of interest, for example through wildlife health placements, and practical research projects. Upon graduation, students who choose this track may elect to pursue careers as veterinarians employed in government, policy development, one health, epidemiology, welfare, research, and business.

Equine Track

This track will provide enhanced opportunities for students to gain practical skills and experience working with horses before graduation. Upon graduation, students who choose this track may enter private companion equine practices, racehorse practice, pursue an equine internship or residency, or work for government or private equine industries.

About the Melbourne DVM Admissions

Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Entry Requirements

Eligible Melbourne DVM applicants must

  • have completed an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • have completed prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
  • submit a personal statement (i.e., description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).

Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biomedicine, physiology or zoology.

Selection into the program will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average and above should apply.

Apply to Melbourne Veterinary School!

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Do you have questions about the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Veterinary Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.