Bachelor of Veterinary Technology New
Lead transformative animal care
Also known as para-veterinary health care specialists, veterinary technologists play a vital role in modern animal welfare. As well as providing high-level, hands-on veterinary care, including the use of anaesthesia and analgesics, they oversee the application of cutting-edge new veterinary technology.
Data-driven apps, wearable devices, telemedicine—a steady stream of advanced new tools is reimagining what’s possible in the clinical environment. As a veterinary technologist, you can ensure it delivers maximum benefit to animals’ health and wellbeing.
What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is part of the University’s world-top-50 suite of veterinary science and veterinary-related degrees*. Studied over three years full-time, it will give you:
- high-level practical skills in caring for all kinds of animals—from cats, dogs and horses, to farm animals, wildlife and exotic pets
- the ability to independently operate state-of-the-art veterinary technologies
- training and experience in the use of anaesthetic and analgesic drugs
- deep knowledge of animal diseases, including those threatening humans
- over 500 hours of hands-on clinical experience
- regular access to our world-class, $37 million Veterinary Health Centre.
In third-year you’ll also have the opportunity to specialise in: small animals; anaesthesia; imaging; equine; farming; or practice management. And you’ll collaborate with Veterinary Bioscience and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students throughout the degree, reflecting real-world workplace interactions.
Where could it take you?
You’ll graduate ready to step straight into high-level animal-care roles in a wide range of industry settings. You could oversee imaging or anaesthesia services for a veterinary hospital or clinic. You might care for big cats in an open-range zoo. Perhaps you’ll train biosecurity emergency-response personnel. You could even support important animal research, or—with further study—lead it yourself.
*QS World University Rankings by Subject Area, 2019.
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SATAC Code 354091 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students team
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Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A Minimum Selection Rank required for consideration 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry and Mathematical Methods. 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 compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. 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: 354091
Not offered to international students.
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Industry PlacementAt the end of the first year you will complete an industry placement where you will see first hand how the knowledge and skills of a veterinary technologist are used in practice. This is followed by substantial clinical placements commencing at the end of second year and running through into year three. In total, you will complete over 500 hours of industry placement, as well as experience the on-campus facilities, working with a variety of animals from cats, dogs and horses to farm animals, wildlife and exotic pets.
Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Animal / Veterinary Technician, Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviourist, Animal Breeding, Zookeeper
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 ANIML SC 1015RW Animal Handling and Husbandry I VET TECH 1010RW Foundations of Science for Veterinary Technologists I VET TECH 1020RW Anatomy for Veterinary Technologists I VET TECH 1035RW Principles of Veterinary Nursing I S2 ANIML SC 1016RW Principles of Animal Behaviour, Welfare & Ethics VET TECH 1015RW Introduction to Mechanisms of Health I VET TECH 1025RW Physiology for Veterinary Technologists I VET TECH 1030RW Evidence-based Veterinary Technology I Year2 S1 ANIML SC 2540RW Advanced Animal Management II VET TECH 2010RW Agents of Disease II VET TECH 2035RW Pathology for Veterinary Technologists II VET TECH 2015RW Clinical Studies A S2 VET TECH 2025RW Pharmacology, pharmacy and therapeutics II ANIML SC 2525RW Epidemiology, biosecurity and food security II VET TECH 2030RW Introduction to Workplace Skills II* VET TECH 2020RW Clinical Studies B Year 3 S1 VET TECH 3010RW Clinical Skills in Veterinary Technology III ^ VET TECH 3015RW Advanced Clinical Studies III VET TECH 3020RW Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession III S2 VET TECH 3025RW Clinical Practice in Veterinary Technology III# Any approved Level III Elective course Any approved Level III Elective course
*Students are expected to complete 150 hours of workplace experience across two workplaces of their own choosing (and that are not clinical placements) prior to the course as extra-mural studies.
^Students complete 240 hours of clinical placement/rotation across an extended semester (24 weeks) noting this may occur in blocks
#Students complete 120 hours of clinical placement/rotation and 120h of tracking placement/rotation (where students choose species/specialisation) across an extended semester (24 weeks) noting this may occur in blocks
AssessmentVaries with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments, practical or examination work
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Last updated: Saturday, 24 Aug 2019