Master of Tropical Veterinary Science

Master of Tropical Veterinary Science

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Course code


Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in Veterinary Science; or qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Post admission requirements

Q Fever immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Q Fever within the first teaching period of their studies. Students who are not immune to Q fever will not be permitted on-site at some facilities and consequently this may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Tropical veterinary science has become an area of global importance as world trade continues to expand and the challenge of future research is to develop better diagnosis, treatment and control methods for tropical diseases of all livestock species.

Tropical veterinary science covers the field of animal health, welfare, and production with the aim of improving health and productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources, including wildlife in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.

Graduates of the Master of Tropical Veterinary Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of tropical veterinary science and related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks

  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of tropical veterinary science and its application to improve human health and quality of life by means of increased and safe food production in tropical regions

  • Evaluate and apply established and evolving evidence and concepts to reflect critically on theory and professional practice.

  • Design, plan and ethically execute a research project related to tropical veterinary science

  • Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence

  • Prepare a dissertation on a topic related to tropical veterinary science and compare and contrast the results obtained with those reported in the literature

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through selection and integration of available subjects in tropical veterinary science

  • Interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health

TV5040:03 Introductory Epidemiology

TV5110:03 General Pathology

TV5121:03 Infectious Diseases of Livestock

TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing

TV5311:12 Research and Dissertation


Select 9 credit points of specified subjects from the following Options List:

MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology

MI5071:03 Molecular Analysis of Tropical Microbes

TV5111:03 Applied Pathology

TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology

TV5130:03 Veterinary Parasitology

TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition

TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management

TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology

TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology







Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years


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



Students may apply for credit transfer for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

24 credit points from the JCU Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science may be granted as credit; or

12 credit points for other studies.


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title

Master of Tropical Veterinary Science

Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors.

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science. Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 24 credit points of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science.

Course articulation

Not applicable