About JCU's Veterinary School in Queensland

If you have a passion to improve the lives of the animals we share our planet with, the Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree from James Cook University can set you on the path. The degree you earn at vet school will prepare you for a high-paying, rewarding career caring for native, production and domestic animals.

Challenge and Reward

One of the best things about being a veterinarian is the combination of challenge and reward. Few things are as satisfying as solving the health needs of a vulnerable animal, but the path to that comes with a multitude of barriers. Veterinary schools. prepare you to meet this challenge and enjoy the rewards that come from making a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love and depend on them.

Plentiful Career Options

In your veterinary science career, you could work in private practice treating pets that are considered family members. You could work in biosecurity, keeping Australia's fragile ecosystem safe from regular international travel.

You could work in research settings, developing new treatments and medicines to treat animal diseases. Your work might take you among exotic animals in wildlife sanctuaries, or you could strive to improve the health and bloodlines of the livestock we all depend on. A degree in veterinary science opens up a world of opportunities for your future.

Strong Job Outlook

According to Australian government job outlook estimates, future demand for veterinarians is predicted to be very strong, with lower unemployment and higher weekly pay than average. This rewarding occupation offers you both a secure and meaningful future.

High-Tech Learning

As you pursue your world-class education at JCU, you'll have the opportunity to work in modern research, laboratory, and hospital situations. You'll work closely with qualified clinicians in real-world settings, both in professional placements and at JCU's own vet hospital. As you work at the JCU Veterinary and Emergency Centre and Hospital, you will have access to up-to-date veterinary equipment.

At JCU Vet, you'll apply your knowledge, using innovative diagnostic tools as you pursue the highest standards of veterinary care in everything from simple checkups to emergency situations.

Hands-On Learning

Experience has no substitute, and veterinary schools should offer you ways to gain the experience you need to develop your skills. Experience is also the best way to stand out to future employers, and you should graduate with both a degree and a resume that sets you apart.

At JCU's veterinary school, you'll not only spend time at the veterinary hospital but also at on-site animal yards and the Fletcherview Research Station. At this working cattle station, you'll take part in research into livestock genetics and learn how to conduct physical exams, identify and monitor pregnancies in the herd and other clinical techniques.

Dig deep into the specialised lives of tropical animals at the JCU Teaching Resource Centre and Large and Small Animal Clinic on the Atherton Tablelands.

An Emphasis on Research

Veterinary science doesn't stand still. The field is always advancing, and you need the skills to lead the way as a sound researcher. Through your courses, you'll learn how to identify and synthesise data, using it to make the best decisions for animal patients or for the community in public health and epidemiology.

Your vet school studies will also help you grow your communication skills. Through clear, coherent, logical communication, you'll be able to effectively express your ideas and conclusions to animal owners, government organisations, peers, and the community.

Bringing Public Health and Animal Welfare Together

Being a veterinarian in Australia presents unique challenges and rewards. The intersection of vastly different ecosystems and human society demands sustainable solutions that meet the needs of public health and animal welfare while protecting and sustaining both.

Your veterinary university studies at JCU will put you at the forefront of this challenge and equip you to meet it. You'll see firsthand the realities of life in remote and rural environments. You'll learn how to develop and apply safety regulations and professional ethics in a way that keeps people safe while allowing animal populations to thrive.

Building a Professional Network

Throughout your time at JCU, you'll interact with professionals in veterinary science, from the office, to study rooms, to operating theatres. Whether studying under world-class lecturers or assisting in a surgery, you'll have access to some of the leading minds in your field.

You'll work alongside experts in surgery, internal medicine, genetics and animal breeding, and tropical wildlife management. You’ll also work with specialists in dermatology, and anaesthesia. Meanwhile, as you interact with your classmates, you'll build a network of peer connections to draw on throughout your career, collaborating to improve health outcomes for animals and human communities.

An Accredited Degree

A degree and a job are important, and your qualifications should make you ready to enter the professional world. Your course at JCU's vet school is accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, and after graduation, you'll be immediately eligible to work in veterinary medicine in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

As you undertake professional placements, gaining experience in urban and rural settings, you'll be able to decide on the best direction for your future. You may find your calling in government departments overseeing quarantine, in developing animal nutrition, in breeding, or in animal welfare and conservation. Whatever direction you choose, your accredited degree will fully prepare you for your next step.

The need for veterinarians only continues to grow, and the challenges facing Australia's unique mix of ecosystems and populations are growing with it. Prepare to meet the challenges and make a difference through a Bachelor of Veterinary Science at James Cook University.