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Extra Mural Studies (EMS)

Throughout the 6 years of the Veterinary Science program at The University of Adelaide, students are required to complete a total of 35 weeks of Extra Mural Studies (EMS).

This is composed of two parts - Animal Husbandry EMS (AHEMS) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine EMS (DVM EMS).

  • Within the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience), students will complete 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS).
  • In AHEMS, students can complete experience at a range of enterprises, including sheep, beef cattle, dairy cattle, horses, alpacas, intensive production animals (poultry, pigs, and aquaculture) small/companion animals, laboratory animals and wildlife.
  • Within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, students will complete 23 weeks of Extra Mural Studies (DVM EMS). This will involve the opportunity to gain experience in different veterinary related industries such as public health, research, government, in addition to private practice.

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Students are responsible for ensuring they have completed all requirements for AHEMS and DVM EMS.

  • Insurance Cover

    Students are covered for public liability, personal accident and travel (with conditions) providing the relevant forms have been submitted to the EMS administration officer and the placement is approved prior to commencing work experience. Under the student placement agreement, students are not allowed to receive payment for their work while on placement.

  • Zoonotic Disease

    Working with animals, veterinarians and veterinary students are at a higher risk of contracting some types of infectious diseases (zoonoses) than the rest of the population. Students need to have up-to-date tetanus and Q-fever vaccinations, and are advised to obtain appropriate vaccination against other organisms e.g. rabies after considering the risk of contracting a disease and seeking medical advice if appropriate. Please read the Vaccination Guidelines outlined for current students.

  • Inherent Requirements

    There are inherent requirements associated with the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) and the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs that students need to be aware of. 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. Please read the Inherent Requirements information.

    The University will make reasonable adjustments to the requirements of the veterinary programs to cater for students with disabilities but without compromising the academic integrity of the programs or imposing unjustifiable hardship on the University.

School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

School of Animal & Veterinary Sciences

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