Being a vet (or a vet nurse) is more than treating sick animals. On one hand, a vet needs to examine, assess and treat animals illnesses or injuries, and two – they need to preventively educate medicate animals. And it will take you five or six years to learn this…
This is how long a veterinary science degree will take, depending on the university. Australia has seven universities offering undergraduate veterinary science courses. These include:
- Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga NSW)
- James Cook University (Townsville Queensland)
- Murdoch University (Perth WA)
- University of Adelaide
- University of Melbourne
- University of Queensland
- University of Sydney
Other universities also offer veterinary courses, but attending one of these may require more time or further studies to obtain your degree.
Once you graduate, you will need to register with the veterinary registration board in any state you will practice in. Registration with the board is your license to practice veterinary medicine in that state.
University of Melbourne
A Bachelor of Veterinary Science is offered at the University of Melbourne. The course is five years of full-time study – the pre-veterinary year or one year of Science, plus four years of veterinary science. VCE or Australian Year 12 equivalent should have the following pre-requisites:- Units 3 and 4. A study score of at least 35 in each of English, Chemistry, and one of Mathematics or Physics. You will find more detailed information at Veterinary Science Undergraduate Entry at University of Melbourne.
For general information visit University of Melbourne Veterinary Studies
A Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery is offered at Murdoch University in Western Australia. It is a five year course as it combines both a science and a veterinary biology degree. Minimum requirements for entry are completion of Year 12 with a high TER (Tertiary Entrance Rank). Murdoch University recommends that applicants take Mathematics, Chemistry and either Physics or Biology.
Find out more by visiting Murdoch University Veterinary Studies
University of Queensland
The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) is offered at The University of Queensland and is a five year course. Minimum education requirements for entrance include sound achievement or higher in Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Chemistry, Mathematics B and Physics.
For more information visit University of Queensland
University of Sydney
The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) is offered at the University of Sydney and is a five year course. Admission is based on student performance, NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent level Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Science. Biology would be a distinct advantage.
For more information visit University of Sydney
University of Adelaide
The University of Adelaide, has introduced a new 6-year program in Veterinary Science in 2008.
For more information visit University of Adelaide
James Cook University – Queensland
Located in Townsville, Queensland the James Cook University introduced a veterinary science program in 2006.
For more information visit James Cook University
Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Located in Wagga Wagga, CSU’s Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science (honours) double degree is a six-year program that prepares graduates for a career as a registered veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Something to consider: Veterinary degrees are set to become one of the most difficult of all university courses to pay off.
The average salary of a vet $75,000 which is about half the average for doctors and lawyers.
Still eager? Read celebrity vet Katrina Warren’s advice.