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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Extra Mural Studies (DVM EMS)

In keeping with the requirements of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, The University of Adelaide has incorporated an extensive program of Extra Mural Studies (EMS) into its veterinary degree.

The program involves students spending a total of 23 weeks gaining practical experience, under the supervision of veterinarians to complement the theoretical knowledge gained in university course-work.

This is split into three major components as follows:

  • Phase 1 - Preparatory (6 weeks)

    Students must have passed DVM Professional Skills (VET SC 7001RW) in the first semester of DVM I before commencing EMS.

    During Phase 1 students complete 2 week placements at 3 different first opinion practices.

    Preparatory EMS should focus on observing how practices work, the role of practice staff, record keeping, admission and discharge procedures and communication.

    Students are expected to have finished this phase before the beginning of DVM II.

  • Phase 2 - Clinical & Phase 3 - Elective (17 weeks)

    The requirements of these phases will vary depending on year of entry into the DVM program and expected year of graduation. Phase 3 cannot be commenced until DVM 2 has been successfully completed.

During the 23 weeks of Phases 1, 2 and 3 students must select their placements such that they complete at least 2 weeks in each an equine, a production animal and a companion animal practice.

The types of placements that can be selected are quite flexible. There is an opportunity to pursue personal interests and career path plans but students should plan a balanced EMS experience to ensure they can achieve  the Day One Competency that will be expected at the time of graduation.

Information about booking placements, insurance, assessment requirements and other placement related  information can be accessed on DVM EMS My Uni for students enrolled in the DVM program or from the EMS Administration office in the Williams building.

EMS Administration

Email -

Phone - 8313 7607 or 8313 2318

School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences

General Enquiries

T: +61 8 8313 7987

Admissions Enquiries

T: +61 8 8313 7660