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University of Queensland Veterinary School in Australia

Program Overview - Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

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University and Faculty: University of Queensland
Faculty of Science
Program: Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
University Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
City Population: 2.3 million
Student Population: 52,331
Campus Location: Gatton campus (Lockyer Valley; about a one-hour drive west of Brisbane)
Program Duration: 5 years
Semester Intake: February each year
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Annual Tuition: $63,120 AUD (2019)
Est. Total Tuition: $355,813 AUD (estimated over 5 years based on 2019 fees; fees subject to increase)

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) program at the University of Queensland is one of the most sought after in Australia, attracting the very best students and producing veterinarians that are in high demand, both domestically and internationally.

The veterinary science program at UQ 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.

The program will equip you with knowledge of veterinary science—the branch of medicine which deals with the causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and injuries in animals. It covers the care of healthy and sick animals and the prevention, recognition, control and treatment of diseases in animals, as well as the welfare and productivity of livestock and production animals. Throughout the five-year program, you will undertake a large component of practical work and will also be expected to work on farms and in other animal enterprises during holiday periods.

First-year courses will provide foundation knowledge of animal structure and function, chemical principles and animal husbandry. The structure and function of the normal animal, and its nutrition, breeding and management, are studied in greater depth in second and third years. In your fourth- and fifth-year studies you will develop knowledge and skills in the prevention, diagnoses, treatment and control of diseases in domestic animals and birds.

About the UQ Gatton Campus

The University of Queensland's Gatton campus delivers excellence in agricultural, natural resource, and veterinary sciences. Just under a one-hour drive west of Brisbane, the campus offers a unique blend of modern teaching facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and historic buildings.

UQ Gatton operates commercial production units including dairy, poultry, piggery, beef herd, equine precinct and wildlife facilities to support teaching, research and hands-on training. The programs offered in the areas of agribusiness, agriculture and horticulture, animal studies and environmental management, and veterinary science are internationally recognized as the best in Australia.


Unique Features of the Program

The UQ Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) curriculum is designed for students to develop skills and confidence in handling animals from first year onward.

The UQ Veterinary School manages and utilizes in teaching a 720-acre farm at Pinjarra Hills, 13 km from the St. Lucia campus, which contains a Droughtmaster beef cattle stud of 55 cows, as well as replacements and sale bulls. Access to dairy cattle, pigs, and horses is provided at the university's Gatton campus. Most practical classes involving animal handling and teaching are held at Gatton.

The UQ Small-animal Clinic and Veterinary Teaching Hospital provide a learning environment for veterinary education. State-of-the-art medical and surgical services for the people of Queensland and for practicing veterinarians are provided through UQ's clinic and hospital. These include high-tech amenities for x-ray, ultrasound, CT scanning, scintigraphy, intensive care, cardiology, ophthalmic surgery, and intensive care. Each year, nearly 5,000 patients are examined in the teaching hospital. More than 60 employees work in the hospital, including veterinary specialists, veterinarians in advanced training programs, nurses, radiographers, pharmacists and support staff. More 180 veterinary students at various stages participate in patient care.

In Year 5, students obtain clinical experience by being rostered to the school's companion animal practices at St. Lucia, and its rural practices at Goondiwindi (beef, sheep) and Dayboro (dairy cattle); Goondiwindi is in a pastoral zone located 350 km west of Brisbane; Dayboro and Kenilworth are in prime dairying areas located 90 to 150 km from Brisbane. Equine clinical experience is gained at the Oakey Veterinary Hospital.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Returning to Canada to Practice

In 2012, the University of Queensland's Bachelor of Veterinary Science program was 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 UQ School of Veterinary Science has full accreditation with both the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2010 the School was visited by a site team representing both the Australasian (Aus and NZ) and United Kingdom accreditation bodies. Full accreditation was granted for the maximum of seven years entitling UQ graduates to practice in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and most of Asia.

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


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Applicants must have a secondary school diploma and have fulfilled Grade 12 prerequisites of Chemistry, Maths B, English, and either Physics or Biology with a graduating average in their best six subjects, including the above prerequisites, of 92%.

Please note, applicants must meet the high school mathematics prerequisite in order to apply. Due to the course content covered in the Australian high school math course, Ontario students must have both Advanced Functions and Calculus & Vectors in order to have equivalent math studies.

If a student has completed previous studies in university, it is possible to request credit in order to lighten course load for one or two semesters; however, it will still take five years to complete the UQ Veterinary Science program.

CASPer Situational Judgement Test

UQ has introduced an additional entry requirement for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons) program for 2020. All applicants must complete the CASPer situational judgement test (SJT) in addition to the prerequisites and entry requirements. UQ recognises that skills and attributes such as resilience, critical thinking, and communication are essential for veterinarians, but are not always reflected in academic performance alone. The situational judgement test will be used to select and identify applicants who are best suited to the rigours of veterinary science and the profession.

Applicants who apply prior to April 1, 2019 will be exempt from the CASPer test. Offers issued to international students who apply from April 1, 2019 onward would be conditional on the CASPer test.

If you would like to have your application submitted before April 1, please ensure that OzTREKK has received all of your applications documents before noon on March 29, 2019!

Further information on the test can be found on the CASPer website.

Access a University of Queensland Bachelor of Veterinary Science brochure.


Total Number of Places in the Program: 130

Number of Places Available for International Students: 40

Application Deadline: UQ Veterinary School has a general application deadline of November 29; however, as this program can fill quickly, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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