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Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time

SATAC Code 324491

CRICOS 062122K

Please note: this program is not part of the Adelaide Approved scheme. For cut-off scores please refer to the 'Entry Requirements' section.

Veterinary Science at the University of Adelaide has a unique focus on Australian livestock production, equine health, aquaculture and biosecurity and involves input from a range of partner institutions, government agencies and industry.

This Bachelor program forms the first part of the veterinary science program. It is followed by a three-year postgraduate Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program (Masters by Coursework (Extended)), focusing on the clinical skills required for veterinary practice. Students satisfactorily completing the undergraduate degree and 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) will gain direct entry into the postgraduate program.

Following successful completion of the Bachelor program, it is expected that students will continue on to the postgraduate coursework Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program (Masters by Coursework (Extended)).

Following accreditation, students completing the entire six-year program will be eligible for registration as veterinarians. Students may, however, leave the veterinary program following successful completion of the Bachelor program.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324491
    2016 CSP ATAR 90
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent (48 units) university study. You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Applicants who have studied Chemistry 1 and/or Biology 1 at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. Note: There is a special arrangement for tertiary transfer applicants who have completed level one or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) or a related program. These applicants are eligible for direct entry into level two or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program and will be considered on the basis of their GPA in their Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) or related program. Please note that applicants eligible for direct entry into level two or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program will not be considered in any other sub-quota. Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the Veterinary Bioscience program.
    Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Chemistry.

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Physics
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants must meet prerequisite requirements and a minimum academic threshold with either an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above (including applicable bonus points); or, a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or more (on a 7-point scale) (or equivalent) for tertiary studies; or, a Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) rank in the top decile. Selection for the program will be based upon the applicant's best selection rank (Year 12, Higher Ed or STAT) (50%) and performance in a structured oral interview (50%). Important Information: All applicants must download a copy of the Veterinary Biosciences Admissions Guide 2017 from the Faculty of Sciences website at https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate/apply-vetbio/. This document sets out the eligibility requirements, the selection process and detailed information about extra requirements such as (but not limited to) the Inherent Requirements and Vaccination Guidelines. Failure to read and comply with the guidelines will not be grounds for special consideration. Applicants must complete the prescribed questionnaire about their life experiences demonstrating a strong connection and passion for animals. The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences will assess the questionnaire to determine who is eligible for an interview. Please note: These interviews will be conducted at the Roseworthy Campus of the University of Adelaide. Completed questionnaires must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. The questionnaire and details about its submission are available at the following website: https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate/apply-vetbio. Note: there is a special arrangement for tertiary transfer applicants who have completed level one or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) or an equivalent program. These applicants are eligible for direct entry into level two or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program and will be considered on the basis of their GPA in their Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) or equivalent program but will not be considered in any other subquota (i.e. will not be considered on the basis of an ATAR nor a STAT rank). All applicants - including tertiary transfer applicants must complete the questionnaire. Tertiary transfer applicants who have studied Chemistry I and/or Biology I at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average in each of these courses.

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. Applicants who have studied Level I Chemistry and/or Level I Biology at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average for these courses. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You are ranked on the basis of your best GPA. Note: There is a special arrangement for tertiary transfer applicants who have completed level one or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) or a related program. These applicants are eligible for direct entry into level two or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program and will be considered on the basis of their GPA in their Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) or related program. Please note that applicants eligible for direct entry into level two or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program will not be considered in any other sub-quota. Please refer to the Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the Veterinary Bioscience program.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324491

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 062122K
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 90
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 31
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1410
    Abitur 2.3
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.33
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 412
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies, Chemistry.

    IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3), Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3).

    International Qualifications Mathematics and Chemistry. Applicants must also complete a written questionnaire and, if successful, undergo an interview process. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the Veterinary Bioscience program.
    Assumed Knowledge Physics an advantage.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Strict quotas apply. The standard cut-off is the minimum academic threshold, above which applicants will be ranked on merit. In addition to academic performance, other selection criteria may affect merit ranking.

    Applications must be submitted by September 30 2016. All applicants must download a copy of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) Admissions Guide 2017.  This document sets out the eligibility requirements, the selection process and detailed information about extra requirements such as (but not limited to) the Inherent Requirements and Vaccination Guidelines. Failure to read and comply with the guidelines will not be grounds for special consideration.

    Applicants must complete the prescribed questionnaire about their life experiences demonstrating a strong connection and passion for animals. The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences will assess the questionnaire to determine who is eligible for an interview.
    *Please note: Interviews for all international applicants will be conducted via phone/internet. Completed questionnaires must be submitted by the deadline to be considered. The questionnaire and details about its submission are available here .

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,975

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $58,000

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates from the Bachelor program in:

    • government agencies
    • livestock and agricultural management
    • livestock production and nutrition
    • private companies
    • zoos and animal welfare organisations 

    Employment opportunities exist for graduates in private and public veterinary practices as veterinarians following completion of the postgraduate coursework program.

     

     

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Students must complete 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) including all associated assessment items throughout their Bachelor program.  This is conducted during the University vacations and can commence at level 1 (conditions apply), but must be completed before the end of the mid-semester break of semester 2 at level 3 of the program.

    There are also minimum annual requirements for extra mural experience to meet prerequisites for some courses. Within these 12 weeks are specific requirements for gaining experience with particular groups of animals (especially cattle, sheep, horses).

    Students will undertake placements at various locations, including farms and intensive production facilities. After consultation with the Extra Mural Studies co-ordinator, placements can be undertaken throughout Australia.  Overseas placements are possible, pending approval.

    Students will be expected to travel to locations and the capacity to drive would be an advantage.

    Professional Accreditation

    At the University of Adelaide, the veterinary science program is comprised of two degrees: the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Masters by Coursework (Extended)). To practice as veterinarians, students must complete both degrees (six years in total).

    The veterinary science program at the University of Adelaide has been granted accreditation by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the Veterinary Surgeons' Board of Hong Kong and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK).

    Graduates from the Masters by Coursework (Extended) program are eligible for registration as veterinarians in all states and territories of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong. In order to meet these professional expectations, graduates must be able to demonstrate their ability to perform various animal handling, manipulative, therapeutic and diagnostic techniques. 

    Potential careers

    Animal / Veterinary Technician, Bioinformatics, Pathway to Veterinary Medicine, Quarantine Officer, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Animal Behaviouralist, Animal Breeding, Animal Welfare, Scientific Officer, Government Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    The first year level involves studies at both North Terrace and Roseworthy campuses, while later year levels of the program will be based at the Roseworthy campus.

    Students must satisfactorily complete 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS).

    Students will undertake placements at various locations, including farms and intensive production facilities. After consultation with the Extra Mural Studies coordinator, placements can be undertaken, throughout Australia. Overseas placements are possible, pending approval.

    Students will be expected to travel to locations and the capacity to drive would be an advantage.

     

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year1S1 ANIML SC 1017RW Animal Handling & Husbandry I (Vet Bio) BIOLOGY 1510 Biology I: Molecules, Genes & Cells (Vet Bio) CHEM 1510 Chemistry IA (Vet Bio)
    OR
    CHEM 1511 Foundations of Chemistry IA (Vet Bio)
    PHYSICS 1501 Physics for the Life & Earth Sciences IA (Vet Bio)
    OR
    PHYSICS 1508 Physical Aspects of Nature I (Vet Bio)
    S2 ANIML SC 1018RW Principles in Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics I (Vet Bio) BIOLOGY 1520 Biology I: Organisms (Vet Bio) CHEM 1520 Chemistry IB (Vet Bio)
    OR
    CHEM 1521 Foundations of Chemistry IB (Vet Bio)
    STATS 1504 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (Vet Bio)
    Year2S1 AGRIC 2501RW Animal & Plant Biochemistry II (Vet Bio)

    VET SC 2500RW Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience II VET SC 2510ARW Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II (6 units)
    S2 ANIML SC 2505RW Animal Nutrition & Metabolism II (Vet Bio)


    ANIML SC 2508RW Genes & Inheritance II (Vet Bio) VET SC 2510BRW Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology II (6 units)
    Year 3S1 VET SC 3520ARW Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III (6 units) VET SC 3512RW Veterinary Immunology, Microbiology & Public Health III (6 units) 
    S2 VET SC 3520BRW Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III

    VET SC 3515RW Veterinary Parasitology III VET SC 3514RW Professional Skills in Veterinary Bioscience III VET SC 3516RW Veterinary Epidemiology, Biosecurity & Evidence-Based Medicine III
    Work Based Training/Extra Mural Studies
    A total of 12 weeks of extra-mural experience is required for entry in the DVM program (where 1 week is equivalent to a minimum of 40 hours over 5 working days). This can begin after the successful completion of ANIML SC 1017RW Animal Handling & Husbandry (Vet Bio) (or equivalent) and must be completed before the end of mid semester break Semester 2 of Level III of the program.

    Assessment

    Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of verbal presentations, written assignments, individual or group projects and theory and practical exams.

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Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017