Postgraduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science

Information valid for students commencing in 2012.

Course Code





Medicine, Health and Molecular Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, from this or another University; or

Completion of qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above; or

Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science from this university: or

Completion of appropriate alternative qualifications.

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate diplomas.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure


Select 24 credit points of specified TV or BZ level 5 subjects

BZ5501:03 Special Topic 1

TV5010:03 Animal Health

TV5020:03 Animal Production

TV5040:03 Epidemiology 1

TV5110:03 Systemic Pathology

TV5111:03 Diagnostic Pathology

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

TV5121:03 Infectious Diseases of Livestock

TV5130:03 Advances in Veterinary Parasitology

TV5131:03 Host-Parasite Relationships

TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition

TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management

TV5230:03 Epidemiology 2

TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology

TV5320:03 Dissertation







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the   Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Candidates who are granted advanced standing for the Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science will be required to surrender that award prior to taking out the graduate diploma.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The discipline studied shall not appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points, may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science.

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Veterinary Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.