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James Cook University Veterinary School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Veterinary Science

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University and Faculty: James Cook University (JCU)
College of Public Health, Medical & Veterinary Sciences
Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science
University Location: Townsville, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 190,000
Student Population: 13,000
Campus Location: Townsville campus
Program Duration: 5 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $57,200 AUD (2019)

Veterinarians play a major role in the health care of pets, livestock, zoo animals, and sporting and laboratory animals. Some veterinarians work in livestock production and in research, broadening the scope of fundamental theoretical and applied knowledge. Others use their skills to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research into human and animal health problems.

The School of Veterinary Sciences at James Cook University has offered the Bachelor of Veterinary Science program 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.

The final year of the program is devoted to clinical and professional training and is delivered in a series of clinical rotations through veterinary hospitals, practices, laboratories and government agencies in Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Charters Towers and Malanda. Graduates will be eligible for registration as a veterinarian in Queensland.

Unique Features of the Program

An important part of the JCU veterinary science curriculum is the exposure of students to a range of practical livestock production and veterinary practice experiences.

The extramural practical work program exposes students to a broad variety of agriculture and animal production enterprises; enhances understanding of veterinary practice, animal health and welfare and disease control; integrates with and supports the academic program; and helps to prepare students for a range of employment opportunities available within the veterinary profession.

In the first four years of the program, students complete three separate compulsory extramural practical work and veterinary clinical experience placements, including extramural work placements in approved veterinary practices, government agencies and an abattoir.

JCU's 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.

Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Returning to Canada to Practice

James Cook University is classified as AVMA Listed. This means that it is not pre-approved to be equivalent to North American veterinary programs. Students graduating James Cook University's veterinary program must go a step further by writing three exams, instead of just one upon their return to Canada. Students must write the BSCE (Basic and Clinical Sciences Examination), the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Examination), and the CPE (Clinical Proficiency Examination). This process takes approximately a year and a half.

Practicing in Australia

JCU's Veterinary School is accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Board's Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Graduates will be eligible for professional registration with all veterinary boards in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, enabling them to enter veterinary practice.

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Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Applicants must have a secondary school diploma with an average of 86% of the best 5 final-year subjects. Grade 12 prerequisites of English, maths B and chemistry (biological science is highly recommended) for admission into this program.

The JCU Veterinary Science program is five years in length. Regardless of whether an applicant has completed only high school studies, some post-secondary subjects, or a undergraduate degree, the entry pathway is the same for all applicants.

Total Number of Places in the Program: 80

Number of Places Available for International Students: 5

Application Deadline: JCU Bchelor of Veterinary Science program has a general application deadline of August 30 each year

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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