Veterinary Science

What you need to do

As a JCU professional health student, it is your responsibility to ensure all pre-placement requirements (PPRs) are met. Please seek the advice of your placement coordinator or the Professional Experience Placement Unit to confirm the pre-placement information and resources related to other States, services and facilities.

How to Submit Pre-Placement Requirements ( PPR) guide to submitting PPRs.

View the 2024 Placement Calendar

View the Veterinary Placement Checklist.

For all Pre-Placement requirement please contact  Professional Experience Placement Unit

For Placement Enquiries please contact JCU Vet Placements

For all other enquiries , including administrative questions please  contact  Student Enquiries

Website College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences


As of 25 September 2023, Queensland Health no longer mandate COVID-19 vaccination for Students attending placements in Queensland Health facilities.  Students must continue to follow the directions on the Queensland Health website Preparing for your Clinical placement.

Information on entering or returning to placement in a high-risk workplace setting is available on the QH webpage Visiting high-risk settings.

It is important to note that some health facilities that host JCU students for placement still require COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of entry for student placement. Students will be advised of this requirement at the time of their placement allocation.

Mater Health Facilities Queensland

If you are going on placement to a Mater Health Facility in Queensland please read the document below regarding COVID requirements:

COVID Update Student Placements

Undergraduate Students

It is a JCU requirement that ALL professional placement students have a doctor complete the JCU Health Record and Immunisation form. The doctor cannot be related.

International Students must have their vaccination records translated into English and complete all forms in English.

Once complete, please email a copy of the form and any serology results if available to the Professional Experience Placement Unit

Further advice relating to vaccinations and immunisation is available through JCU Health General Practice, Level 1, Clinical Practice Building, JCU Townsville, or your doctor.

Recommended Vaccination Schedule at JCU Health General Practice.

Please read the below-listed placement procedures, and complete and sign the JCU Professional Experience Placement Student Declaration to confirm that you have read and understood them.

The below documents contains vital information for all healthcare students about the responsibilities of both students and the University concerning professional experience placement.

Professional Experience Placement Procedures 

Procedure for Infectious Disease 

JCU Social Media Policy

JCU Student Conduct Policy

JCU Professional Experience Placement Requirements Procedure

JCU Review of a Student's Suitability to continue a Course involving Placement

JCU WHS - PRO-023 Infection Control Procedure

Once you have completed and signed the above-linked Student Declaration, please email it to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

You must complete and sign the JCU Confidentiality Acknowledgement every year.

It is recommended that students download Adobe Acrobat Reader to be able to fill/sign forms. This is a free program. Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

In signing the Acknowledgement, you – the student – acknowledge that you have been instructed in the concept of patient, client and business confidentiality, and will respect clients’ confidentiality at all times, including during tutorials, lectures and discussions, both professional and private.

Download, complete, sign and email the Confidentiality Acknowledgement to the Professional Experience Placement Unit and retain a copy for your professional portfolio.

Students are required to complete an Australian Nationally Accredited First Aid and CPR training course.

Please make an appointment with a registered training organisation that offers the following course codes -

First Aid - Provide First Aid HLTAID003 or HLTAID011 (includes CPR component) -  First Aid valid for 3 years.

CPR renewal - Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001 or HLTAID009 - CPR valid for 1  year.

First Aid and CPR certificates from Queensland Health facilities (Non-Accredited Training Provider) and online courses are not accepted. Students must attend the training course in person. First Aid and CPR Certificates provided by Non-Accredited Training Providers will not be accepted.

A copy of your proof of course completion (i.e. the certificate) must be emailed to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

If you are a registered Health Practitioner (e.g. Registered Nurse/Pharmacist), you are exempt from submitting First Aid. However, you are required to submit a valid CPR certificate from a registered training organisation annually.

It is the student's responsibility to meet the costs of an Accredited First Aid and CPR course.

As this is a new requirement all Veterinary Science students must complete the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety Training in 2020. This is a once-off requirement.

Please provide a copy of your completion certificate via email to .

First Year Veterinary Science students must complete the following modules in Learn JCU, once logged in select Organisations located on the left-hand side menu to access the below modules.

Introduction Module – Work Health and Safety all students

Module 1 First-Year students – Participate in WHS hazard identification, risk assessment, and risk control process.

Screenshot the assessment completion result (must include, name, course and result) for each quiz and send it through to the Professional Experience Placement Unit.

Retain copies for your professional portfolio.

All students in Year 2 2024

Module 2 Second-Year Students – Contribute to WHS Risk Management

All students in Year 3 and Year 4 in 2024

Module 3 Third-year Students – Student Risk Management Tools (Year 4 Students in 2024 to do this module also)

Going Rural North Queensland

Going Rural North offers nursing, midwifery, allied health, and dentistry students a rural placement bursary to assist with travel and accommodation expenses. If you are seeking support for rural or remote placements in North Queensland and meet the eligibility criteria, please Apply Now

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Placement Scholarship

Students enrolled in a confirmed placement of a minimum of 1 week or 36 hours in length, arranged within the 2024 academic year will be eligible for a base amount of $500; plus an additional $350 per week, when required to relocate from semester residential address to undertake the placement. The maximum amount of scholarship per placement will be $4,000.

Application Close RND 1 closes 2 September 2024

Application Close RND 1 closes 27 September 2024 at 5pm

Further information about the program and the application form is available at  Work Integrated Learning (WIL)/Placement Scholarship

NAFEA Equity Rural Placement Scholarship – Applications open now!

The Equity Rural Placement Scholarship Program is an initiative to provide financial assistance to students experiencing financial hardship to undertake placements/work integrated learning activities in rural and remote settings. Applications close 21 July.

Approved applications will be awarded scholarships up to $1500.

Funding is provided to assist students with the out-of-pocket costs incurred as a direct result of the placement. These are costs which are additional to everyday living expenses and are incurred as a direct result of a placement requiring relocation, including:

  • Travel costs,
  • Accommodation.

Further information about the program and the application form is available at Program Guidelines 2024 Round 2 Applications

NOTE: Your university must be an institutional member for students to apply for this scholarship. Contact us immediately to renew or become a member to take advantage of this scholarship round. To check if your university is a member, Click here for a list of Unlimited Institutional members

Tropical Vets Placement Experience Scholarship

Proudly supported by Tropical Vets, this scholarships aims to support veterinary science students who have not had the financial means to undertake international or remote placement opportunities. This scholarship will enable fourth year Veterinary Science students to undertake two placement opportunities:  an international or regional/remote elective placement followed by a placement in their final year at one of Tropical Vets regional clinics (non-Townsville based).

Please go to the link to find further information.