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University of Melbourne Veterinary School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University and Faculty: University of Melbourne
Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences
Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
University Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
City Population: 4.8 million
Student Population: 50,000
Campus Location: Parkville, downtown Melbourne, Years 1 & 2)
Werribee (Years 3 & 4)
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: Late February/early March each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $68,736 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $296,260 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

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The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the University of Melbourne is Australia's first graduate-entry, professional veterinary science qualification. The DVM is based on the latest global thinking in veterinary science practice, teaching and learning.

From 2019, study at Australasia's most modern veterinary teaching hospital in Werribee, and brand new teaching spaces in Parkville, 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.

Melbourne DVM students will take part in the university's unique Tracks program. Tracks prepare you best for your chosen career path by concentrating your 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. The Tracks program will ensure students develop a high-quality core veterinary skill-set while at the same time giving them the opportunity to follow their particular area of interest from third-year.

Throughout the Melbourne DVM, students will have access to practical and clinical training in the world-class University Veterinary Hospital and via external placements. The Veterinary Hospital includes a general practice, referral practice, equine centre and a 24-hour small-animal emergency and critical care service, which sees more than 20,000 patients every year. Its facilities include state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities and on-site diagnostic pathology laboratories as well as new clinical skills centre.


Unique Features of the Program

Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Tracks

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
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.

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.

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.


Why Canadians Will Like the Program

The university is located in the city of Melbourne, which has been designated as one of the world's most livable cities.

The University of Melbourne is Australia's leading research university, and offers a wide range of courses in a campus environment and with a large selection of student clubs and societies. Students have the opportunity to meet other local and international students from diverse backgrounds but with shared interests.

Read what OzTREKK students have to say about the Melbourne DVM program!

"Love my program and the weather so far! I will definitely add more favourites to my list. Love the program, very hands on and the professors are very personal. Melb uni has an amazing teaching staff. I am already getting a lot I hands on experience and am able to talk to every professor on a one on one basis."

"Program, weather, Canadian students. Dislike- New & there are many things to get used to. Like- set number of students for program, and instructors/prof. all seemed to be consider students and subjects carefully. I would recommend Melbourne if anyone is interested in Vet Medicine."

"I like the new culture, the weather and the Australian plants, trees, and animals! Everyone here is super friendly, as well and helpful when I get lost (which has been quite often in the first month of arriving!). I love my DVM program. I feel that the instructors truly care about how each student is progressing and that the University has put a lot of time and effort into planning an amazing hands-on and comprehensive program to teach future veterinarians. I feel confident that the DVM program at the University of Melbourne will prepare me to be the best future veterinarian that I can be. I would tell Canadians that this program focuses on veterinary skills from day one. They combine practicals skills and theory which is a great method to allow students to fully understand and appreciate both. I would also tell them that in going to the University of Melbourne for DVM I am fortunate enough to do more dissections, surgeries, techniques etc. than I would attending other DVM programs, allowing me to perfect these skills prior to starting my veterinary career."

"I am in love with my program as we are one big family. It is so personal in comparison to my undergraduate degree where the few individuals I met in my program were through labs and I did not see them outside of school. In contrast, my fellow students in Vet Med are my support group and my best friends. We help each other study and get through the hard times. The University has organized our various groups (practicals, case studies, labs, mentor groups...) so that we are a mix of international students and locals. This way I can relate to people living so far from home but also get to know the Australians and know the area much better. I would tell other Canadians how practical the course is in comparison to other Veterinary Schools. After our first week, we were administering oral medication to dogs and sheep. We have also been exposed to horses and sheep and taught how to listen to their gut sounds in order to determine if there are any abnormalities present. Furthermore, we have 12 weeks of placement to complete, which the University has hundreds of enterprises on record that are willing to take students, some of which provide accommodation. During welcome week, the University went above and beyond catering to International students. We had dinner with the dean and a trip to the Zoo just to name a few events. Each event had students from upper years to guide us around the city and to talk to about their previous experience as first years and what to expect."

"I love having the opportunity to travel and expereince another country while studying and completing my life long dream of becoming a veterinarian. I have a great group of friends, other international students and Australians that make my experience amazing! I love University of Melbourne. The professors make every effort they can to get to know the students. They are very approachable and want you to succeed. My program is very intense but I like the way everything is integrated. I would tell other Canadians if they have the opportunity to study in Australia to take it! I have loved every minute of it. Melbourne is an amazing city, very clean and the people are friendly. Australia is a lot like Canada and very easy to get around. University of Melbourne is amazing and I am still in shock at the fact the DVM faculty involves themselves with the students. It makes learning much easier when the professors are mentors that are there for you every step of the way. "

"I love my uni and my program because I've always dreamed about going to DVM at University of Melbourne! I love how friendly people are here. I love the city of Melbourne because there'e always something to do and somewhere to go. I love that I see cafes everywhere and that I can get very good coffee on my way to school. I love Queen Victoria Market which is only 2min walk from where I live! Every day is like a festival there. I like the staff and professors here. I feel very lucky to be taught things I never knew by intelligent professors every day. I have worked very hard in Canadian university, but I work even harder here. I need to try to be on top of everything every day or else it would be really hard to catch up in last two days before the quizzes. I don't think I could work this hard if it was for something I was not sure I want to do. I have wanted to get into this program and so I feel very lucky and it's my pleasure to be here. So I recommend that you get into the right program for you and that you can do your best for it."

"I like how the DVM program in Melbourne Uni is using an integrated approach, and we have a lot of hands on labs and practicals, which really put what we are learning into context."



Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Returning to Canada to Practice

The University of Melbourne's DVM program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This means that graduates are considered in the same category as graduates from North American Veterinary 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. AVMA accreditation is well recognised as the international benchmark for quality in veterinary education.

Practicing in Australia

The Melbourne School of Veterinary Science is recognised by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council Inc, through the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee (VSAAC), making veterinary science graduates eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons' Board in each state and territory in Australia, and in New Zealand.

For more information about returning to Canada after completing an Australian veterinary program, please contact OzTREKK.


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

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 your upper-year science subjects (300- and 400-level courses), rather than your cumulative GPA. Melbourne weights their science GPA 75:25 toward the 400-level subjects, meaning your 400-level courses are weighed 3 times as much as your 300 level. A 75% average above in these subjects is considered competitive, although does not guarantee entry.

Applicants should submit detailed course outlines to OzTREKK for their cell biology/general biology and biochemistry subjects, to assist the university in determining whether the applicant has completed the program prerequisites.

Applicants must also submit a personal statement to OzTREKK with their application documents. Reference letters are not required to be submitted with your initial application, but you may submit them if you wish.

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant's application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.


Total Number of Places in the Program: 135

Number of Places Available for International Students: 50

Application Deadline: While the general application deadline for the Melbourne DVM is December each year, international candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by no later than October 30, 2019 to allow adequate time for making any necessary travel or visa arrangements. Please note this program can fill quickly.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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