Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science

General

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Programme Description

Do you have a passion for animal health and welfare? The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science double degree from Charles Sturt University will prepare you for a career as a registered veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

This course was developed in close consultation with the veterinary industry to answer the needs of rural and regional communities for veterinarians who have the knowledge and skills to work with farm livestock and horses, companion animals and wildlife.

dog, puppy, canine

Course highlights

  • Industry-relevant: 
    This course aims to provide highly competent veterinary graduates with a strong commitment to animal health, welfare and research, and to the development and protection of animal industries.
  • Build key networks while you study: 
    Besides your workplace learning placements and clinical rotations, you'll study at a single rural site for the six years of your course. Placements create a strong sense of connection between staff and students at all levels of the program. Charles Sturt University also enjoys the support of an enthusiastic and engaged regional community; ready access to a wide range of veterinary practices and farms; and the relaxed, enjoyable and affordable lifestyle which comes with living in a thriving regional centre of more than 60,000 people.
  • A holistic learning experience: 
    You'll develop skills in the diagnosis and management of disease in all common species of farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and fish) and companion animals (horses, dogs and cats). The course provides a solid grounding in agricultural production systems and the integration of nutrition, genetics, economics and epidemiology for the optimal management of herds and flocks. Practical sessions with live animals start in your first week and continue throughout the course. In addition to your scientific and clinical skills training, you'll also develop a range of life and business skills that will help you in your work as a rural and/or regional veterinarian.
  • Secure a highly valued learning experience: 
    Admission to this course is highly competitive, with approximately 350 applications received for the 66 available places each year. Successful applicants are required to demonstrate excellent academic achievements, superior communication skills, and a genuine commitment to animals, livestock industries and working in rural and regional communities.

Professional recognition

The Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, through the Veterinary Schools Accreditation Advisory Committee, accredits this course on a seven-year major report and site visit cycle, as well as an annual report. 

Career opportunities

  • Pursue a career in clinical practice -  Work in a veterinary clinic with animal owners, producers and communities to provide veterinary services, such as medicine, surgery and optimising herd/flock health and production. You'll be able to use the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the course, such as diagnostic imaging, anesthesiology, reproduction and clinical reasoning.
  • Become an industry specialist -  You may choose to specialise in one area of practice, such as dairy, equine or pigs, or become a herd health consultant or a nutrition or genetics specialist in a commercial farming organisation. Use your expertise to resolve challenges in the health and disease management of individual animals, herds and flocks.
  • Protect public health -  Implement on-farm biosecurity and hygienic practices, and assess quality assurance systems with regard to the production of food for human consumption. Working with government authorities, assess and communicate risks relating to outbreak investigations and other emerging public health issues.

Credit and pathways

We understand that if you’re given the chance to study something you’re passionate about, you can really shine. We offer a range of pathway options, including Early Entry – Schools Recommendation Scheme, Location (Regional) Adjustment, and the Indigenous Access Programme (IAP) to help you get on track to your dream career.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science

  • Standard Charles Sturt University credit rules apply

"Having a rural vet course situated in the country makes the course very relevant and the people who go here are very like-minded."
Hannah Gardner - Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Subjects

For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 384 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to complete supplemental application forms and upload it with your application.

Supplementary Application Forms are available in August and close in September for entry in the following year. Applications postmarked after the closing date will not be considered for entry and will therefore not be accepted.

Applicants with higher education study

  • Successful completion of one-year full-time equivalent university-level study (AQF level Associate Degree or higher) demonstrating a reasonable prospect of success through the Grade Point Average (GPA) gained in the most recent of these studies.

AND

  • A written Supplementary Application Form

AND

  • An interview at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Applicants must have appropriate higher education studies or recent secondary education.

Applicants with work and life experience

  • Applicants must have appropriate higher education studies or recent secondary education.

Applicants with recent secondary education

  • A completed High School Certificate (or equivalent), with a minimum ATAR of 90, inclusive of adjustment factors.

AND

  • A written Supplementary Application Form

AND

  • An interview at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga

Year 12 students are also required to request their school (principal or careers adviser) to submit a Predicted Score Letter. Further information and a link to the letter is provided in the Supplementary Application Form.

English Language Requirements

  • Completed the International Language Testing System (IELTS) with an average overall score of 7.0 or better, with a minimum score of 7.0 in all sections, undertaken within the last two years, or have completed formal education in some English-speaking countries. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements.

Prerequisite Studies

  • There are no formal prerequisite studies for the Veterinary Science course at Charles Sturt University, but it is highly recommended that students have studied one or more science disciplines (preferably Chemistry) and high-level mathematics at Year 12 or University level.
  • Students entering the course without these studies are strongly recommended to undertake appropriate Charles Sturt University Study Link subjects before commencing the degree to prepare for the course.

Supplementary Application Form

  • The Supplementary Application Form, which includes detailed instructions on applying, must be submitted to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences directly and must be submitted between the start of August to the last Friday in September each year. Applications received after this date will not be accepted.
  • The Supplementary Application Form provides the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to animals, livestock industries, veterinary science and rural and regional communities.

Interviews

  • Applicants deemed to be competitive, based on the application for admission and the supplementary form, will be invited to interview.
  • The aim of the interview is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills and further discuss your interest in and commitment to animal production and rural and regional veterinary practice.
  • Interviews are held over four business days, in late November and early December.

Numeracy Exercise

  • The aim of the numeracy exercise, which you will complete on the day of the interview, is to assess your numeracy skills and your ability to think clearly and critically in a short period of time under test conditions.
  • The numeracy exercise will not be used to influence your opportunity to be made an offer into the course. It will be used as a tool to identify and provide support to students who may need to improve their numeracy skills. If identified, you may be advised to undertake remedial study by way of successfully completing Charles Sturt University Study Link subjects and/or attending relevant tutorials.

Australian and New Zealand students

Academic requirements

For all applicants please note:

  • there is no special pathway for mature-age students
  • STAT test scores or university pathway/preparation programs are not considered.

All applicants must be able to meet the selection criteria and also be able to meet one of the categories listed in the academic requirements below.

School leavers, gap year students and university students who will not have completed one-year full-time equivalent by the end of the current year, the following is required:

  • a minimum ATAR of 90 for applicants who attended a metropolitan school, or 85 for applicants who are eligible to receive the Regional Location Adjustment
  • an OP of approximately 6* for Queensland applicants who attended school in a metropolitan area or approximately 8* for Queensland applicants who are eligible to receive the Regional Location Adjustment
  • an IB of approximately 33 (IB scores are not eligible to receive the Charles Sturt Regional Location Adjustment).

*Please note the OP and IB scores are based on prior year equivalents and are subject to annual change.

Students who have previously attended university

Undergraduate applicants

  • Students who have completed one or two years full-time equivalent at AQF Associate Degree level or higher – a minimum GPA of 5.1
  • Students who have successfully completed Year 3 or above of a bachelor's degree – a minimum GPA of 4.8

For those applicants who have subject credits from the previous study included in their current course, the actual result of those subject credits will be included when calculating your GPA.

Honours applicants

  • Coursework and integrated Honours: Completed with GPA minimum of 5.0 or Class 1 Honours
  • Research Honours: Completed with Class 1 Honours only

Postgraduate applicants

Master

  • Coursework master's: completed with GPA minimum of 5.0
  • Completed research master's

PhD

  • Completed PhD

For consideration of other postgraduate qualifications not listed, please contact the Course Administration Officer by email: vetselections@csu.edu.au

Please note: A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 is equivalent to a Credit average. The GPA is an average overall session in which you studied. Your most recent degree will be considered.

As there is a high demand for entry into this course, please note that students are selected based on the selection criteria.

Applying to the course is a two-step process:

  1. Apply through UAC. This course cannot be added to your UAC preferences after the UAC closing date.
  2. Complete and submit the Supplementary Application Form to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Ensure you submit your complete academic transcript, including grade key and any other information that will assist in converting your grade.

From the interview, approximately 60 students will be made an offer to enrol into the course.

International students

Note: If you are an international student, but living in and undertaking an educational qualification in Australia, follow the application procedures as for Australian citizens and residents.

Selection criteria for international applicants

To gain entry to the course, international applicants are required to meet the following selection criteria:

  • a high level of academic ability demonstrated through previous studies, especially in mathematics and the sciences
  • a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, rural and/or regional communities, veterinary science and animal production
  • an understanding of the unique ethical and practical issues that confront veterinarians involved with rural and/or regional practice and animal production
  • the capacity to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • have completed the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or another government-approved language test with an average overall score of 7.0 or better, with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections, undertaken within the last two years, or have completed formal education in an English-speaking country.

Download the Supplementary Application Form - International (Please note: this form must be posted to Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga no later than Friday 11 September 2020 (applications postmarked after this date will NOT be accepted).

Application process and closing dates

Supplementary Application Forms are available in August and close in September for entry in the following year. Applications postmarked after the closing date will not be considered for entry and will therefore not be accepted.

Applying to the course is a two-step process:

  1. Apply online or through a recruitment agency.
  2. Complete and submit the International Supplementary Application Form to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Ensure you submit your complete academic transcript, including grade key, official English Translation (if necessary) and any other information that will assist in converting your grade. Email the completed application to vetselections@csu.edu.au

Applicants selected for an interview will be advised by email in due course. Interviews will be conducted by telephone, Skype or in-person at Wagga Wagga.

Support

Finishing high school this year? Taking a few years off to find out what you really want to do in life? Need to attend classes from anywhere in the world?

When you study with Charles Sturt University, we’ll be with you all the way, helping you develop your study and academic skills in person, online or over the phone. Whatever your situation, Student Central is your first point of call as a Charles Sturt University student. Our friendly support team can answer all your questions, whether you are studying on campus or online.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
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