- Townsville: February
1 year full-time
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree in Veterinary Science; or equivalent
Gain advanced knowledge in the fields of tropical infectious diseases, and pathology within a framework of epidemiology and veterinary public health. Learn how to improve health and productivity of livestock and advise on animal resource management, including wildlife in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.
A Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science gives you a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for your future professional development. Tailor your degree with additional tropical veterinary science subjects or more advanced studies to suit your professional needs. These include epidemiology, microbiology and immunology, applied pathology, aquatic health and parasitology.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science benefit from an immersive learning experience in tropical north Queensland.
A Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science gives veterinarians the opportunity to upskill and increase their knowledge in tropical veterinary diseases and their diagnosis, prevention and control.
You will have the skills to advance your career within the veterinary profession or to better equip yourself to practise in tropical environments.
The course is particularly suited to veterinarians working in government veterinary services, herd health and aquaculture, or who have a general interest in tropical veterinary medicine.
You could also go on to study the Master of Tropical Veterinary Science.
Consult the handbook for requirements and further information
Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science
Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)
Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Veterinary 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
24 credit points
Course learning outcomes
Tropical veterinary science covers the field of animal health, welfare, and production with the aim of improving health and productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources, including wildlife in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science will be able to:
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TV5010:03 Veterinary Public Health
TV5040:03 Introductory Epidemiology
TV5110:03 General Pathology
TV5121:03 Infectious Diseases of Livestock
TV5320:03 Applied Protocol Writing
Select 9 credit points from the following list of subjects:
TV5111:03 Applied Pathology
TV5120:03 Advanced Microbiology and Immunology
TV5130:03 Veterinary Parasitology
TV5210:03 Animal Nutrition
TV5220:03 Animal Reproduction and Management
TV5230:03 Advanced Epidemiology
TV5240:03 Aquatic Pathobiology
MI5000:03 Clinical Epidemiology
MI5071:03 Tropical Microbial Molecular Analysis and Epidemiology
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
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.
12 credit points from the JCU Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science may be granted as credit; or
6 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 Tropical Veterinary Science
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 relevant subjects, may be eligible to receive the award of Graduate Certificate of Tropical Veterinary Science.
Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Master of Tropical Veterinary Science, and may be granted credit for all subjects completed under this course.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD40,280.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Master of Tropical Veterinary Science
I chose the MTVS program at JCU because I was interested in a well-rounded program that gave me the opportunity to experience regional Australia, but without compromising on access to modern facilities and quality of education.
Professor Bruce Gummow
Tropical Veterinary Science
JCU Tropical Veterinary Science provides veterinarians a unique real-life experience that cannot be simulated in other places in the world, equipping them to be the world’s future disease detectives and to stand in the gap between humans and animals.