The Bachelor of Veterinary Science is fully accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the Veterinary Council of New Zealand and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK. This means course graduates of JCU will be eligible for registration as veterinarians in all states of Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


The Discipline is globally competitive, regionally pre-eminent, and locally relevant. Through appropriate networking and partnerships, we provide an effective veterinary conduit to the Tropics in the field of animal health and production.  All activities are managed within a well-regulated, efficient and value-driven system.  Our graduates are innovative, and well equipped with the essential skills needed to become valued veterinary practitioners and scientists.


“The Discipline of Veterinary Science will be internationally recognised and sought out for high quality learning and research opportunities. Our students will experience an innovative learning environment with a focus on contemporary significance and skills, preparing them to respond to future challenges within the global community.”


To produce graduates who are competent and confident generalist practitioners with sufficient flexibility to move into many branches of veterinary science.

James Cook University’s Discipline Veterinary Sciences provides high quality study in animal health, and is home to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

Policies and standards

Students and staff are required to abide by various health and safety policies and standards. Progression through the veterinary science degree comprises of various compulsory elements including successful completion of requisites and mandatory professional placements. For further information on the course structure, candidature, progression, and advanced standing refer to the course handbook.