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Course and Subject Handbook 2022 Courses Undergraduate Courses Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) [End-on]

Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) [End-on]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Bachelor Honours Degree (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine


Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree that is registerable with the Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board in a discipline cognate to the proposed area of research within the previous five years; and

achievement of an overall grade point average of 5.0 (i.e. credit average) across their bachelor degree, with credits or better in discipline-specific areas.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Students also need to take note that in accordance with the National Registration Board’s requirement, they must hold a valid IELTS (academic module) minimum score of 7.0 in all components within 2 years prior to applying for registration upon Graduation.

Additional selection requirements

Application for entry to the program is by approval of the College Dean, and interview.

Quota restrictions on the number of honours places available may apply from time to time as determined by the College Dean.

Students for honours who have graduated with a pass degree from this or another university or who graduated more than five years ago may be required to complete such coursework or assessment as the College Dean recommends.

Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.

Post admission requirements

Depending on the area of research and/or professional experience placement activities, students must comply with the relevant mandatory pre-placement requirements of the University and the Host facility. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion, graduates of the course will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professional behaviours and professional practices in the discipline of veterinary science, including graduate competencies required by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

  • Integrate broad and coherent knowledge of the veterinary legislative environment, and ethical codes set out by the RCVS Guide to Professional Conduct and the Australian Veterinary Association Code of Professional Conduct

  • Critically reflect on stakeholder perspectives, cultural values and national and or international considerations relating to ethical and sustainable animal production systems

  • Diagnose the health status of individual animals and populations and, where necessary, formulate, communicate, implement and monitor treatment and management plans, in consultation with clients, carers, animal owners and/or communities

  • Promote and optimise the health and welfare of individual people and animals and/or populations, through application of the principles of epidemiology, zoonosis and public health

  • Retrieve, critically evaluate, and apply evidence in the performance of health-related activities, including accurate and sensitive use of quantitative and qualitative information

  • Deliver safe and effective collaborative health care by working effectively in teams and exercising well-developed judgment when seeking professional advice and assistance in a range of clinical situations

  • Identify problems related to public health and animal health and disease, and formulate solutions that are applicable and sustainable in tropical and/or rural environments

  • Communicate a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge, ideas and findings through well-developed English language proficiency

  • Adapt knowledge and skills to provide specialist advice and functions in a range of workplace contexts, adhering to the principles of the organisation and organisational systems, professional ethics, and occupational health and safety regulations

  • Reflect on current skills, knowledge and attitudes, and plan ongoing personal and professional development with responsibility and accountability to manage career and work life effectively.

Course Structure


Full-time Honours

TV5101:12 Veterinary Science Honours Part 1 of 2

TV5102:12 Veterinary Science Honours Part 2 of 2

Part-time Honours

TV5103:06 Veterinary Science Honours Part 1 of 4

TV5104:06 Veterinary Science Honours Part 2 of 4

TV5105:06 Veterinary Science Honours Part 3 of 4

TV5106:06 Veterinary Science Honours Part 4 of 4




JCU Townsville



Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Not eligible

Maximum allowed



Not applicable


Not applicable

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable