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Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    5 years full time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine course at Murdoch University will give you the skills to diagnose, treat and prevent health problems in pets, domestic livestock, wildlife and laboratory animals.

Additional areas of interest for budding veterinarians include increasing the productivity of animals and maintaining standards of food production and safety, animal research and public health.

As a vet science student, you'll learn hands-on skills in general practice and emergency areas at our Animal Hospital and South Street campus farm. You'll also have the chance to complete practical work at other animal shelters and facilities such as the RSPCA, Perth Zoo and The Western Australian Department of Agriculture in Albany.

This integrated five-year course of study leads to a registrable professional qualification in veterinary medicine. A degree of Bachelor of Science is awarded after you've successfully completed the first six semesters of the course, and is a prerequisite for entry to the six trimesters of study that lead to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above 97.3; OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed one year study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

All students must also satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English language.

Areas of study

In this veterinary course, the subjects you may study include:

Veterinary Biology (BSc):

  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?
  • Introduction to the animal body
  • Fundamentals of chemistry
  • Introduction to livestock science and genetics
  • Foundations of vertebrate form and function
  • Cell biology
  • Statistical data analysis
  • Veterinary structure and function I
  • Veterinary structure and function II
  • Comparative mammalian biochemistry
  • Veterinary structure and function III
  • Veterinary professional life I
  • Veterinary structure and function IV
  • Principles of infectious disease I - veterinary microbiology
  • Principles of infectious disease II - veterinary parasitology
  • Processes in animal disease
  • Systemic pathology and medicine
  • Veterinary nutrition and animal toxicology
  • One health
  • Animal behaviour and welfare
  • Principles of surgery and anaesthesia
  • Introduction to clinical practice

Applied Veterinary Medicine (DVM):

  • Veterinary professional investigation
  • Small animal surgery and diagnostic imaging
  • Equine general practice
  • Small animal practice
  • Transition to practice
  • Bovine health and management
  • Small ruminant and camelid health and management
  • Pig and poultry health and management
  • Theriogenology
  • Avian, wildlife and exotic pet medicine
  • Veterinary professional life II
  • Small animal practice 1
  • Equine practice, after-hours, and diagnostic imaging
  • Production animal, public health and pathology
  • Advanced topics in mixed animal practice
  • Advanced topics in equine practice
  • Advanced topics in production animal practice
  • Advanced topics in small animal practice
  • Advanced topics in wildlife, zoological and conservation medicine
  • Advanced topics in veterinary science

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Murdoch University.

As a graduate, you'll enjoy a range of veterinarian career opportunities in Australia and overseas. Our vet science course was the first course in Australia to be awarded accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA. This means that you could work at as vet in North America once you've graduated!

Curious about where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Animal Technician
  • Veterinarian
  • Animal Health Teacher
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Laboratory Animal Caretaker

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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