Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences
Tropical animal science programs are available to graduates from agricultural science, animal science, rural science, science or related degrees.
Part time available
JCU Animal Science graduates have the advanced skills necessary to succeed and thrive in Australian climates and landscapes.
Graduates go on to have careers that improve human quality of life and increase cost-effective food production in tropical regions.
You could find employment as a research assistant, animal production advisor, development officer, livestock agronomist, or a policy officer. Alternatively, go on to study the Master of Animal Science.
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.
Build on your existing qualifications with the Graduate Diploma of Animal Science at JCU. Complement a degree in veterinary science with specialist skills in tropical settings.
Learn to apply your understanding of animals in tropical climates to maximise cost-effective food production. Achieve a high level of independence in your decision making. Demonstrate accountability and professional development.
Understand recent developments in animal science and become familiar with essential ethical frameworks. Develop your skills to communicate with non-specialist audiences.
Consult the handbook for immunisation and first aid requirements and further information.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Graduate Diploma of Animal Sciences
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Animal Science; or
Completion of qualifications recognized 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
24 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Animal sciences and production 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 Diploma 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
Select 12 credit points of specified subjects from List 1
LB5203:03 Sustainable Enterprise
LB5212:03 Accounting and Finance for Managers
MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology
MI5012:03 Professional Experience
MI5071:03 Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology
TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health
TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management
TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology
TV5121:03 Infectious Disease of Livestock
TV5130:03 Veterinary Parasitology
TV5131:03 Host-Parasite Relationships
TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management
TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology
TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology
TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing
TV5400:03 Technology in Beef Production
TV5420:03 Animal Welfare
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year 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
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.
12 credit points for the JCU Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences; or
9 credit points for other studies.
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 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF ANIMAL SCIENCES
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable – this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed 12 credit points of study of relevant subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences.
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Animal Sciences, and may be granted credit 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.