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Work Experience for Animal Science Students

  • What is it?

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) are encouraged to undertake work experience throughout their degree to gain animal handling and management experience with a variety of species/animal enterprises. Students are expected to undertake this outside of their normal study hours.

  • What does it involve?

    Students can gain experience in any animal industry/species that interests them. We do, however, encourage students to try to experience as many different types as possible throughout their time at University. Examples of industries and species that previous students have experienced include the Roseworthy Farm (sheep and beef cattle), Roseworthy Piggery, Adelaide Zoo, Animal Welfare League (dogs and cats).

    Please note, that due to the Extra Mural Studies requirements for Veterinary students, there is competition for some placements and opportunities may be limited. The AVS School administration team cannot assist Animal Science students wanting to undertake a placement in a veterinary clinic.  This type of experience would need to be organised on an individual basis.

    Students are able to undertake work experience throughout Australia, but students wishing to undertake work experience overseas should seek approval from the Animal Science Program Co-ordinator before commencing the experience. There are also opportunities to gain international experience through course work.

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) program who are successful in transferring into second year of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program will be required to have complete 1-2 weeks of AHEMS placement prior to enrolment in Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience II - 3510 VET SC 2500RW.

  • What do I need to do?

    A database of animal enterprises that are willing for students to approach for work experience can be found on SONIA, which is a student placement management program.

    Information and links to access SONIA, insurance forms and placement documentation can be found here.

  • Contacts:

    EMS Administration Office
    Ph : +61 8 8313 7607 or 8313 2318
    Fax : +61 8 8313 7956

    EMS Coordinator - Dr Wendy Hamood BSc BVMS (Hons) GCHE GCOL
    Ph : +61 8 8313 7916
    Fax : +61 8 8313 7956
    Mobile : +61 459 836 107

    Program Co-ordinator - Dr Philip Stott BVSc, MSc, PhD, DipEd
    Ph : +61 8 8313 7838
    Fax : +61 8 8313 7956


School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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