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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)

Keep animals happy and healthy

Veterinarians are dedicated to the wellbeing of animals. They are scientists, surgeons, carers, and lifelong learners.

Our Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) is ranked 43rd in the world for veterinary sciences and has a Five Star Excellence in Research Australia ranking.*

What will you do?

You’ll enjoy the smallest class size of any veterinary program in Australia. This means more personalised attention from our highly experienced teachers and researchers as you:

  • explore the anatomy, physiology and behaviour of normal animals and identify the pathogenic organisms that attack them
  • learn about animal handling and husbandry
  • experience real industry settings including farms and intensive production facilities
  • undertake a significant amount of hands-on animal work, starting in semester 1
  • access our $37 million purpose-built veterinary teaching and research facilities.

Where could it take you?

This is the first part of the veterinary science program. Graduates gain direct entry into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Completing both degrees makes you eligible to register as a veterinarian, where you might own a practice or travel to farms around the country treating animals. Veterinary bioscience could also lead to roles in research in equine, zoo animal or wildlife medicine. You might even work in biosecurity, managing programs to prevent disease and pollution.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.


It is an internationally renowned centre for excellence in dryland agriculture and animal production and is home to South Australia's only veterinary school with teaching and research in animal and veterinary sciences.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness

As a graduate of the bachelor degree, you'll find employment opportunities in:

government agencies
livestock and agricultural management
livestock production and nutrition
private companies
zoos and animal welfare organisations.
As a graduate of the postgraduate degree, you'll find employment in private and public veterinary practices as a veterinarian.

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Industry Placement

Throughout your degree, you’ll undertake several placements at locations such as farms and intensive production facilities. Placements can often be undertaken throughout Australia. Overseas placements are also possible, pending approval.

You must complete 12 weeks of Animal Husbandry Extra Mural Studies (AHEMS) during the University vacations. 

This includes specific requirements for gaining experience with particular groups of animals, especially cattle, sheep and horses.

Some courses have further requirements for extra mural experience.

Potential careers
Veterinarian, Zookeeper, Zoologist, Animal Technician, Bioinformatics, Pathway to Veterinary Medicine, Quarantine Officer, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Animal Behaviourist, Animal Breeding, Animal Welfare, Animal Scientist, Scientific Officer, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

ISC & CBSE [India] 90%

ISBE [India] 95%

All India Senior Secondary Certificate (CBSE, New Delhi), Indian School Certificate (ISC), Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu State Board Examination and Telangana State Board Examination.

Best three subjects, excluding language and non-academic subjects.

You must have completed at least one year at your home institution, however you are able to apply following one semester
You must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 out of 4.0 on the US scale or equivalent
You must meet the English Language requirements

IELTS - Overall band score of at least 7.0 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 7.0

TOEFL (paper based) - Total score of 577, Test of Written English (TWE) 4.5

TOEFL (internet based) - Total score of 94  Writing 27 Speaking 23 Reading 24 and Listening 24

Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 65, Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 65

Cambridge C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) - Overall score of 185 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening 185

International Qualifications Mathematics and Chemistry. Applicants must also complete a written questionnaire and if successful, undergo an interview process. Please refer to the Additional Entry Requirements section for details of other entry requirements to the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program.
Assumed Knowledge Physics an advantage.