Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354091
CRICOS 0100494

Lead transformative animal care

Also known as Allied Veterinary Professionals, veterinary technologists play a vital role in modern animal welfare. As well as providing high-level, hands-on veterinary care, including being a part of the anaesthesia, surgery and diagnostic imaging team, 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 knowledge and practical skills in caring for all kinds of animals—from cats, dogs and horses, to farm animals, wildlife and exotic pets
  • the ability to operate state-of-the-art veterinary technologies
  • knowledge and training in the use of anaesthetic and analgesic drugs
  • deep knowledge of animal diseases, including those threatening humans and the concept of One Health
  • extensive hands-on clinical experience
  • regular access to our world-class, $37 million Veterinary Health Centre and Veterinary Skills Simulation suite.

Building on your core education, in third-year you’ll also have the opportunity to select an area of special interest (Track) which will extend your knowledge and experience in your chosen field. 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 with industry skills ready to provide high-level animal-care roles in a wide range of industry settings. You could join the health care team oversee imaging or anaesthesia services for in an emergency veterinary hospital or general practice clinic, or even own a veterinary practice. You might seek animal care and welfare roles in an open-range zoo or Government departments. Perhaps work in biosecurity or emergency-response fields, or provide public education in the areas of animal health and welfare. You could even support important animal research, or—with further study—lead it yourself. The employment opportunities are broad and rewarding.

This program is not a pathway to the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) or becoming a registered veterinarian.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject Area, 2020.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 354091
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
    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 N/A
    Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    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 eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 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 Pathway. 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 354091

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    CRICOS 0100494
    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 80
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 29
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 19
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 15
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 9
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 5.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 82
    ISC & CBSE [India] 75%
    ISBE [India] 85%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1270
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 9
    Abitur 3.1
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.7
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 8.0
    STPM or Matrikulasi 3.00
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 77
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 77
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 380
    ANU Foundation Studies 69
    Monash Foundation Year 72.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 75
    UNSW Foundation Year 7.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.9
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 62
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.6
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 77
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination) 70%
    KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education) B+
    Assumed Knowledge SACE stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $11,155

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $38,500


    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

    Industry Placement

    At 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.

    Potential careers

    Quarantine Officer, Agriculture, Agricultural Service Industry, Animal Technician, Animal Welfare, Animal Behaviourist, Animal Breeding, Zookeeper, Livestock Production, Animal Health Officer, Ecologist, Veterinary Nurse, Veterinary Practice Manager, Veterinary Technologist, Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Pharmaceutical and Scientific Equipment Sales Representative, Research Scientist

  • Degree Structure

    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
    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 Animal Microbiology & Invertebrates II VET TECH 2040RW Advanced Animal Management 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

    This program also requires a total of 150 hours of professional work experience to be completed by the mid-Semester break of Semester 2 of the second year of the program.

    ^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


    Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments, practical or examination work
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Last updated: Wednesday, 24 Mar 2021