Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science

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Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science

This Graduate Certificate is designed for graduates looking to extend their professional skills and knowledge.

Start dates
6 months full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Animal Science; or equivalent

Career opportunities

Tropical animal science focuses on animal health and reproduction in tropical climates. Study areas may include:

  • Animal nutrition
  • Applied pathology
  • Aquatic pathobiology
  • Epidemiology and biometrics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology.

Course highlights

James Cook University has:

  • Purpose-built emergency veterinary clinic including operating theatres and radiology facilities
  • anatomy and biomedical science teaching and research laboratories, including housing for small, large and aquatic animals
  • veterinary teaching facilities in Atherton, Malanda, Townsville and Charters Towers.

Course overview

This course is for graduates from agricultural science, animal science, rural science, and science or related degrees who want to specialise in tropical animal health and reproduction.

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

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


Graduate Certificate of Tropical Animal Science

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

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 3a 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

12 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Tropical animal science 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 Tropical Animal Science will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments in animal production and health issues relevant to developing countries and tropical regions of the World
  • Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence
  • Communicate theoretical knowledge using high level written English language and, where appropriate, numeracy skills, to a variety of audiences
  • Make high level independent judgements in a range of professional functions, including professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks, with responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of the work.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent 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 adjustmentsReasonable 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

TV5020:03 Animal Production

TV5040:03 Epidemiology 1


Select 3 credit points of specified subjects from List 1

List 1

SC5901:03 Special Topic 1

TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition







Expected time to complete

6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

2 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

Advanced Standing


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

Maximum allowed

3 credit points


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


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.

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

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Animal Science, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.

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.