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University of Sydney Veterinary School in Australia

Program Overview - Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

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University and Faculty: University of Sydney
Faculty of Science
Program: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
University Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
City Population: 5 million
Student Population: 60,000
Campus Location: Camden campus (65 km southwest of Sydney) and Camperdown/Darlington campus (main campus)
Program Duration: 4 years
Semester Intake: February
Next Avail. Intake: February 2020
Est. Indicative Annual Tuition: $64,000 AUD (2019)
Est. Indicative Total Tuition: $256,000 AUD (based on 2019 fees)

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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Sydney

The University of Sydney Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is open to applicants with a completed bachelor degree who wish to study veterinary medicine in a postgraduate learning environment. This program is internationally recognised and accredited so graduates can work around the world.

The program encourages enrolment 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 Sydney veterinary students will learn from the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary science research, animal behaviour and welfare science and veterinary public health.

Students will benefit from a fully integrated learning curriculum with clinical exposure, clinical skills training and animal handling commencing in the first semester and throughout the course. Studies will take place in the one health framework, ensuring students understand the linkages between veterinary health, human medicine and the environment at local, national and global levels. The program culminates in a capstone experience year where you will be placed as an intern in veterinary clinics of all varieties and in a wide range of locations, including rotations in the university teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden.


Unique Features of the Program

Clinical contact commences during first semester of the DVM and continues throughout the course, culminating in the final-year capstone experience. The Sydney School of Veterinary Science maintains teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, and the university Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen.

Visiting specialists complement veterinary faculty specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for Sydney veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching.

During the capstone experience year, students complete a series of rotations as veterinary student interns in the University of Sydney's Veterinary Teaching Hospitals and with the university's Partners in Veterinary Education off campus. Core placements are within the areas of small animal practice, rural mixed practice and government agencies. Elective rotations enable students to focus on particular career interests and may be undertaken in areas such as government, industry, research, specialist practice, equine and wildlife medicine.


Why Canadians Like the Program

Sydney's veterinary medicine program is recognized internationally by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Visiting specialists complement the vet school's specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching.


Professional Certification/Accreditation Information

Returning to Canada to Practice

The new 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.

Practicing in Australia

The Faculty of Veterinary holds and maintains continuous accreditation through the transition to a new veterinary program. Graduates of accredited programs are immediately eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons' Board in each state and territory in Australia.

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


Admissions Criteria/Entry Requirements for Canadians

Students can apply for a position into the 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's 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 (70% average where 50 is the pass mark, or 75% where 60 is the pass mark); 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.

Sydney DVM applicants must complete the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Admission Statement, and acknowledge that they have completed a minimum of 28 days of relevant work experience and animal handling experience.


Total Number of Spaces: 140

Application Deadline: September 16, 2019

OzTREKK Admissions Officer: Meghan Strank

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