Veterinary and Animal Science
Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences
What to expect
How to apply
JCU Animal Science graduates have specialised knowledge and skills to excel in animal production in tropical climates.
Graduates go on to have careers involving animal nutrition, applied pathology, aquatic pathobiology, epidemiology and biometrics, immunology, microbiology, and parasitology.
You could find work in tropical or sub-tropical areas, or go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Animal Science.
This Graduate Certificate is designed for graduates looking to extend their professional skills and knowledge.
Expand your knowledge and professional skills with the Graduate Certificate of Animal Science at JCU. Build on a qualification in agricultural science, animal science, rural science, or a related degree to specialise in animal health, welfare, and production.
Learn how to improve the productivity of livestock and use animal resources most effectively for a tropical environment. Be educated across contemporary developments in animal production.
Take advantage of JCU facilities, including an emergency veterinary clinic, teaching and research laboratories, and housing for aquatic animals. Develop professional responsibility and accountability and a thorough knowledge of ethical frameworks to prepare for making high level independent judgements.
Consult the handbook for immunisation and first aid requirements and further information.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Fees and scholarships
Pathways to JCU
Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in Animal Science; or
Completion of 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
12 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Animal sciences covers the field of animal nutrition, welfare, and production with the aim of improving productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.
Graduates of the Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences will be able to:
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 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.
TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health
TV5020:03 Animal Production
TV5040:03 Introductory Epidemiology
TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
6 months full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
3 credit points
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 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF ANIMAL SCIENCES
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable – this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.
Annual Tuition Fee: $17,180 (Estimate only)
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.