Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

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.

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

NOTE:
To ensure the best educational experience, offers of admission for this degree are not currently being extended to commencing remote students. For continuing remote students, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.


  • Top 50 in world for Veterinary Sciences*
  • Hands-on clinical experience
  • Purpose-built veterinary teaching hospital

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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
2021 CSP ATAR 76
2021 CSP IB 27
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 63.1
Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.1
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 96.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 76
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 91.15
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.85
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.
Additional Entry Requirements
Before applying, prospective students need to be aware that there is an inherent requirement to be vaccinated against Q Fever in order to study the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. Applicants must read the vaccination guidelines before submitting their application, and be aware that by applying for this program, they are accepting this inherent requirement.
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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
14 20.9%
(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)
6 9.0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
37 55.2%
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
    (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
N/A N/A
  • 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)
7 10.4%
International students <5 N/A
All students 67 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
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Scholarships

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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

Academic Program Rules

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

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

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

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 in 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 & Virology II VET TECH 2040RW Advanced Animal Husbandry for Veterinary Technologists II VET TECH 2035RW Pathology for Veterinary Technologists II VET TECH 2015RW Clinical Studies A
S2 VET TECH 2025RW Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Therapeutics II VET TECH 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

Assessment

Varies with individual courses and includes a combination of oral presentations, written assignments, practical or examination work

Testimonial

My degree gave me theoretical and practical skills in a multitude of animal species that I wouldn't have gotten anywhere else, and I use those skills on a day-to-day basis in my job.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021