- Townsville: February
6 months full-time
or part-time equivalent
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in animal science; or equivalent
Graduate Certificate of Animal Sciences
Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences
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.
Additional selection requirements
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
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.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Animal Sciences
The Animal Sciences course at JCU is both challenging and rewarding. Having an agricultural science background, it has boosted my confidence and abilities to address key research and development agendas in animal health and production in my country, Papua New Guinea.
Professor Bruce Gummow
We live in challenging times, with major droughts and flooding due to climate change impacting on farming in unprecedented ways. Our degree provides animal scientists and agriculturalists with the skills to make a difference in today’s world and be part of ensuring food security for future generations.