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.

Start dates
5 years full-time
Study mode
On campus
English, Maths B, Chemistry, (Biology desirable)
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.

* 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

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

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.


Course Structure


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

TV5211:09 Veterinary Professional and Clinical Practice Part 1 of 3

TV5212:09 Veterinary Professional and Clinical Practice Part 2 of 3

TV5213:06 Veterinary Professional and Clinical Practice Part 3 of 3


Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Course code


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 the UK.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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

Minimum English language proficiency requirement

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

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. 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

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.


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. 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.