Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)
Keep animals happy and healthy
Veterinarians are dedicated to the wellbeing of animals. They are scientists, surgeons, carers, and lifelong learners.
Our Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) is ranked 43rd in the world for veterinary sciences and has a Five Star Excellence in Research Australia ranking.*
What will you do?
You’ll enjoy the smallest class size of any veterinary program in Australia. This means more personalised attention from our highly experienced teachers and researchers as you:
- explore the anatomy, physiology and behaviour of normal animals and identify the pathogenic organisms that attack them
- learn about animal handling and husbandry
- experience real industry settings including farms and intensive production facilities
- undertake a significant amount of hands-on animal work, starting in semester 1
- access our $37 million purpose-built veterinary teaching and research facilities.
Where could it take you?
This is the first part of the veterinary science program. Graduates gain direct entry into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Completing both degrees makes you eligible to register as a veterinarian, where you might own a practice or travel to farms around the country treating animals. Veterinary bioscience could also lead to roles in research in equine, zoo animal or wildlife medicine. You might even work in biosecurity, managing programs to prevent disease and pollution.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject Area 2019 and 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia
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I am a:
SATAC Code 324491 2019 CSP ATAR 90 2019 CSP IB 33 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 88.35 Median ATAR to receive an offer 92.53 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer * Median Selection Rank to receive an offer * Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer * Minimum eligibility score 90 Additional criteria considered Additional criteria Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Please refer to Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the Veterinary Bioscience program. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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 RequirementsAll applicants are advised to read the Veterinary Bioscience Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience). This document sets out the eligibility requirements, the selection process and 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. Selection for the program will be based upon: 1) the applicant's best selection rank such as: - Year 12: Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 90 or above (including any applicable bonus points) - Higher Education/Tertiary Transfer: Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or more (on a 7-point scale) or equivalent (see below for further requirements) - STAT: Rank in the top decile AND 2) performance in a structured oral interview^ ^Applicants must also complete a prescribed questionnaire about their life experiences and their knowledge and interest in veterinary science which will determine who is eligible for an interview. Note for Tertiary Transfer applicants: 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. Applicants who have studied a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) at the University of Adelaide will be considered on the basis of their GPA only and not on any other academic rank. Applicants who have completed level one (1st year) or higher of the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) are eligible for direct entry into level two (2nd year) of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program. Applicants must still apply via SATAC and complete the questionnaire. Note: entry is highly competitive and subject to availability each admissions year. Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Please refer to the Additional entry requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the Veterinary Bioscience program. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324491
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
N/A N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students 20 23.0% All students 87 100.0%
CRICOS 062122K Intake February
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 Selection Rank (International) 90 International Baccalaureate (IB) 34 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 22 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 85 British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.0 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 92 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 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 83 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 83 Eynesbury Foundation Program 412 ANU Foundation Studies 75 Monash Foundation Year 78.5 Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 83 UNSW Foundation Year 8.0 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 7.6 Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 72 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 5.5 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 83 Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called 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 Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program. Assumed Knowledge Physics an advantage.
Additional Entry RequirementsAll applicants are advised to read the Veterinary Bioscience Admissions Guide before applying for the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience). This document sets out the eligibility requirements, the selection process and 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. Applications must be submitted by September 30 2019.
All applicants must complete an online questionnaire via https://admissions.adelaide.edu.au, outlining their academic information; non-animal related interests and finally, their experience working with animals. The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences will assess the questionnaire and arrange time for an interview.
*Please note: Interviews for all international applicants will be conducted via video conferencing.
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $47,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
As a graduate of the bachelor degree, you'll find employment opportunities in:
- government agencies
- livestock and agricultural management
- livestock production and nutrition
- private companies
- zoos and animal welfare organisations.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Throughout your degree, you’ll undertake several placements at locations such as farms and intensive production facilities. Placements can often be undertaken throughout Australia. Overseas placements are also possible, pending approval.
You must complete 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) during the University vacations.
This includes specific requirements for gaining experience with particular groups of animals, especially cattle, sheep and horses.
Some courses have further requirements for extra mural experience.
Our 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 a veterinarian, you must complete both degrees, which is 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).
This means when you graduate from your Masters, you’ll be eligible for registration as a veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Veterinarian, Zookeeper, Zoologist, Animal / Veterinary Technician, Bioinformatics, Pathway to Veterinary Medicine, Quarantine Officer, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Animal Behaviourist, Animal Breeding, Animal Welfare, Scientific Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 Study Overseas opportunities available visit 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.
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.
There are inherent requirements associated with the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) that prospective students need to be aware of before applying. These requirements include, but are not limited to, physical fitness, physical capacity to learn how to handle a range of large and small animals; required vaccinations (specifically Q fever); and effective written communication. Applicants must read the Inherent Requirements and Vaccination Guidelines before submitting their applications. See 'Useful Links' listed below for further details. By applying for this program, applicants are accepting these Inherent Requirements and Vaccination Guidelines.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Work Based Training/Extra Mural Studies
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 ANIML SC 1017RW Animal Handling & Husbandry I (Vet Bio) BIOLOGY 1510 Biology I: Molecules, Genes & Cells (Vet Bio) CHEM 1510 Chemistry IA (Vet Bio)
CHEM 1511 Foundations of Chemistry IA (Vet Bio)
PHYSICS 1501 Physics for the Life & Earth Sciences IA (Vet Bio)
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)
CHEM 1521 Foundations of Chemistry IB (Vet Bio)
STATS 1504 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (Vet Bio) Year2 S1 VET SC 2530RW Animal and Plant Biochemistry (Vet Bio) II 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 3 S1 VET SC 3520ARW Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology III (6 units) VET SC 3512RW Veterinary Immunology and Infectious Diseases 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 & Evidence-Based Medicine III
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.
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: Saturday, 24 Aug 2019