Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

PLEASE NOTE: The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine does not offer direct entry. Entry is only available after completion of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program at the University of Adelaide.

Achieve your goals in veterinary practice

Our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine provides the necessary training and qualifications for registration as a veterinarian.

Most students enter this program after completion of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) at the University of Adelaide. If you have an equivalent degree, you may also be eligible for entry. However, there are currently no equivalent Bachelor degrees within Australia. Generally, equivalence is found with a completed veterinary program from an overseas institution. 

What will you do?

  • learn about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of domesticated animals including dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, camelids, pigs and poultry
  • explore wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and ecohealth
  • hone your scientific and technical skills for research and clinical practice
  • gain advanced professional experience through a structured internship program
  • complete a further 23 weeks of extramural practical work.

Where could it take you?

You could work in clinical veterinary practice, treating small and/or large animals. You might work in biosecurity, managing programs to prevent disease incursion. Perhaps you’ll be a researcher or pursue pathways to government work, academia, consultancy, discipline specialisation (e.g. surgery, dermatology) or species specialisation (e.g. equine, wildlife, zoo animal).

Note: From Semester 1, 2022, this program not being offered for direct entry. Applicants must have completed a Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) from the University of Adelaide in order apply. 
This program cannot be studied part-time.

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.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CD001
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
There are inherent requirements associated with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 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 application. By applying for this program, applicants are accepting these Inherent Requirements and Vaccination Guidelines.

Applicants must submit to the University a self-assessment checklist on skills learnt in extra-mural studies. Please download and complete the Self Assessment Checklist.
Higher Education Study Entry is only available after completion of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program at the University of Adelaide.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CD001

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

Scholarships

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

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program aims to allow registration as a veterinarian in Australasia.

Graduates may also advance to research training via the Master of Philosophy and/or PhD route or to clinical specialty training via the residency and specialty examination route.

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

To practice as a veterinarian in Australia, it is necessary to have completed a professional accredited veterinary program.

The Veterinary 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 Veterinarian Surgeons (UK).

Potential careers

Veterinarian, Zookeeper, Zoologist

Degree Structure

The first two years of the program aim to develop the scientific and technical skills needed to become a veterinarian and include a theme of professional development.

In your final year, you'll complete a structured internship program in where you'll learn the latest practical veterinary skills.

There is also a requirement for a further 23 weeks of extramural practical work during the program that must be completed.

There are inherent requirements associated with the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 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. 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

Level I

All candidates shall complete the following core courses:

Semester I

Semester II

Level II

All candidates shall complete the following core courses:

Semester I

Semester II

Level III

All candidates shall complete the following core courses:

Core Rotations

Extra-mural studies

Students must complete Doctor of Veterinary Medicine extra mural studies (EMS) to the value of 26 weeks. This is broken into four components:


1. EMS-1: 6 weeks of preparatory EMS taken in Year 1
2. EMS-2: 4 weeks of Year 2 EMS
3. EMS-3: 15 weeks of Year 3 EMS which cannot begin until DVM Year 2 courses are successfully completed.
4. EMS-VHC: 1 week of after-hours roster in the University of Adelaide Veterinary Health Centre.  This can begin after the successful completion of DVM Year 1 and must be finalised by the end of semester 2 in DVM Year 2.   

The EMS must be completed no more than 1 year after DVM Level 3 courses have been completed.

In order to be eligible for early conferral and registration as a Veterinarian in January of the year following completion of studies, students must ensure that their EMS have been finalised by early December in their final year of study.

Before beginning a period of extra mural studies, students are required to ensure that the placement will be acceptable by consulting the Placements & Internships Coordinator, and the placement attendance has approval of the Head of School.

Upon completion of each period of extra mural studies, students are required to complete and submit all placement associated documentation and tasks to a satisfactory standard, including certification of attendance by the placement supervisor for approval by the Placements & Internships Coordinator.

 

Assessment

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

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Last updated: Friday, 17 Sep 2021