Work Experience for Animal Science Students
The University of Adelaide supports career readiness for students across all programs. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) are encouraged to undertake work experience throughout their degree.
- What is it?
Undertaking work experience throughout their Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) degree allows students to gain animal handling and management experience with a variety of species/animal enterprises. Students are expected to undertake this during the University vacation periods.
Vacation Period 1 April (Semester 1 - Mid-semester break) Vacation Period 2 July (Mid-year break) Vacation Period 3 September (Semester 2 - Mid-semester break) Vacation Period 4 November – February (Summer break)
While work experience is voluntary for Animal Science students, there may be some courses that require work experience as a prerequisite (eg AGRIC 3500WT Professional Skills in Agricultural Science III located at the Waite Campus).
- What does it involve?
Students can gain experience in any animal industry/species that interests them. We do, however, encourage students to try to experience as many different types as possible throughout their time at University. Examples of industries and species that previous students have experienced include the Roseworthy Farm (sheep and beef cattle), Roseworthy Piggery, Adelaide Zoo (wildlife), Animal Welfare League (dogs and cats).
Please note that due to the Extra Mural Studies requirements for Veterinary students, there is competition for some placements and opportunities may be limited. However some places at more popular sites (eg Adelaide Zoo) will be allocated to Animal Science students throughout the year.
Animal Science students are not supported to undertake work experience at veterinary clinics.
Students are able to undertake work experience throughout Australia and overseas, but need to seek approval before booking any work experience. There are also opportunities to gain international experience through course work. Any enquiries should be directed to EMS Administration.
- What do I need to do?
The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences uses a program called Sonia to manage Animal Science work experience and Veterinary student placements. Students can use Sonia to search for possible work experience sites/businesses, complete forms and view their work experience history. The School has also developed a series of Sonia User Guides to assist students in navigating Sonia.
It is important that Animal Science and Veterinary Bioscience students do not contact sites directly. Students submit a preference form to EMS Administration detailing where they would like to undertake work experience and the EMS Administration team will allocate students accordingly, taking into consideration the students' program, course entrolments, year level, preferences, availability, ability to drive, geographical location, etc.