Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Courses and Study Australian courses Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Veterinarians play a major role in the health care of pets, livestock, zoo animals, and sporting and laboratory animals. With high and increasing demand for sustainable animal usage and production which meets both health and welfare expectations, our degree makes this a core focus. JCU Veterinary Science students benefit from a range of state-of-the-art facilities, as well as JCU’s unique emphasis on rural and tropical practice.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February
Duration
5 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
Prerequisites
English, Maths B, Chemistry, (Biology desirable)
OP/Rank
Special Entry Requirements
See how to apply

Career opportunities

Veterinarians not only work in private veterinary clinics but their expertise is also vital in a range of fields including agriculture, quarantine and public health, as well as pharmacological and biomedical research. Government statistics forecast strong employment growth and earnings for veterinarians.*

Employment opportunities are diverse and include: 

  • Operating or working in private veterinary practice 
  • Zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, animal welfare organisations 
  • Government departments and agencies in quarantine and biosecurity 
  • Industries concerned with animal health such as animal nutrition, animal production (stock and breeding) and pharmaceuticals 
  • Research organisations and university teaching (with further study).

Once you graduate, you will be eligible to register with veterinary registration boards to practise in any Australian state. In addition, JCU graduates are eligible to practise in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

* joboutlook.com.au 2015

Course highlights

You will learn in dedicated and high-tech settings including teaching laboratories, JCU Veterinary and Emergency Centre and Hospital on campus,on-site animal yards, JCU working cattle station for livestock production, and JCU Teaching Resource Centre and Large and Small Animal Clinic on the Atherton Tablelands.

With JCU’s tropical focus, you will gain specialist knowledge and skills in tropical and rural veterinary settings, plus experience in tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture.

JCU Veterinary Science students recently gave a 96 percent satisfaction rate to the course. This was the highest for Vet Science programs in Australia (National 2013 Course Experience Questionnaire), so you can expect a quality educational experience.

As well as regular practical work and field trips, you will complete a series of clinical placements in your final two years in rural or urban settings in Queensland,around Australia or even abroad. 

Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements). 

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

You will also benefit from JCU’s active partnerships with government agencies and agricultural networks and learn from the latest research.

Course overview

You will acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a wide range of animals including companion animals,farm animals, aquatic species, and native fauna.To complement your theoretical studies, you’ll gain practical, real-world experience through out the course and with clinical placements in a variety of veterinary hospitals, private practices,laboratories and government agencies around the state and beyond.

Successful applicants will require Q Fever immunisation and current Queensland First Aid and CPR Certificate before undertaking placement. It is recommended that these requirements be completed by the end of your first semester/teaching period.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (317051) - Apply now


We have a two-step application process for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science: You apply online at QTAC’s website and you also submit a written application form directly to JCU by 30 September 2016. Download the form at jcu.edu.au/dthm/forms

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

TV1101:03 Veterinary Professional Life 1

TV1102:03 Cell Biology and Biochemistry for Veterinary Science and Agriculture

AG1007:03 Introductory Plants and Animals for Veterinary Science

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2:

TV1002:06 Veterinary Professional Life 2

TV1003:06 Animal Structure and Function

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

TV2001:12 Integrated Animal Structure and Function 1

Teaching Period 2:

TV2002:12 Integrated Animal Structure and Function 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

TV3001:12 Transitions from Health to Disease 1

Teaching Period 2:

TV3002:12 Transitions from Health to Disease 2

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

TV4001:12 Veterinary Clinical Sciences 1

Teaching Period 2:

TV4002:12 Veterinary Clinical Sciences 2

Level 5

Teaching Period 1:

TV5005:03 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 1 of 4

TV5006:09 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 2 of 4

Teaching Period 2:

TV5007:03 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 3 of 4

TV5008:09 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 4 of 4

Handbook

Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Course code

71510

Course type

Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC). Graduates are eligible to practice as Veterinarians in Australia, New Zealand and UK.

Division

Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

English; Maths B; Chemistry; (Biological Science highly desirable)

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

Submit JCU internal written application form by 30 September

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Post admission requirements

Current Provide First Aid and CPR Certificate:

Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements. Students are responsible for any costs associated with obtaining this certificate.

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

120 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.

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

CORE SUBJECTS

Level 1

Teaching Period 1:

TV1101:03 Veterinary Professional Life 1

TV1102:03 Cell Biology and Biochemistry for Veterinary Science and Agriculture

AG1007:03 Introductory Plants and Animals for Veterinary Science

CH1001:03 Chemistry: A Central Science

Teaching Period 2:

TV1002:06 Veterinary Professional Life 2

TV1003:06 Animal Structure and Function

Level 2

Teaching Period 1:

TV2001:12 Integrated Animal Structure and Function 1

Teaching Period 2:

TV2002:12 Integrated Animal Structure and Function 2

Level 3

Teaching Period 1:

TV3001:12 Transitions from Health to Disease 1

Teaching Period 2:

TV3002:12 Transitions from Health to Disease 2

Level 4

Teaching Period 1:

TV4001:12 Veterinary Clinical Sciences 1

Teaching Period 2:

TV4002:12 Veterinary Clinical Sciences 2

Level 5

Teaching Period 1:

TV5005:03 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 1 of 4

TV5006:09 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 2 of 4

Teaching Period 2:

TV5007:03 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 3 of 4

TV5008:09 Veterinary Clinical and Professional Practice Part 4 of 4

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville

 

Candidature

Expected time to complete

5 years full-time, not available part-time

Maximum time to complete

7 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Must successfully complete all level 1 subjects before attempting any level 2 subject.

Students who fail a supplementary examination will be required to repeat the relevant year of study.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Clinical placement/professional practice:

This course includes prescribed professional or clinical placements. Students may be required to undertake such placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled, at their own expense. (Note: health professional courses generally involve extensive professional or clinical placements). Students must hold a current Provide First Aid Certificate before undertaking professional or clinical placements).

Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

18 credit points

Currency

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

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 17 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Advanced standing may be granted only for level 1 subjects.

Award Details

Award code

BACHELOR OF VETERINARY SCIENCE

Approved abbreviation

BVSc

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable

Honours

Honours availability

Honours is available as an additional 24 credit points of study (add-on)

Eligibility

By invitation of the College Dean

Normally an overall GPA of 5 is required in the pass degree subjects relevant to the field in which Veterinary Science Honours is to be taken

Honours

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) degree is available for high-achieving students. It consists of extra study and the development of a personal research project and thesis. An Honours degree is usually essential for entry to research higher degrees. Please refer to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) Handbook for eligibility information.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.