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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Achieve your goals in veterinary practice

Our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine provides the necessary training and qualifications for registration as a veterinarian.

Most students enter this program after completion of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) at the University of Adelaide. If you have an equivalent degree, you may also be eligible for entry. However, there are currently no equivalent Bachelor degrees within Australia. Generally, equivalence is found with a completed veterinary program from an overseas institution. 

What will you do?

  • learn about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of domesticated animals including dogs, cats, horses, ruminants, camelids, pigs and poultry
  • explore wildlife ecology, conservation medicine and ecohealth
  • hone your scientific and technical skills for research and clinical practice
  • gain advanced professional experience through a structured internship program
  • complete a further 23 weeks of extramural practical work.

Where could it take you?

You could work in clinical veterinary practice, treating small and/or large animals. You might work in biosecurity, managing programs to prevent disease incursion. Perhaps you’ll be a researcher or pursue pathways to government work, academia, consultancy, discipline specialisation (e.g. surgery, dermatology) or species specialisation (e.g. equine, wildlife, zoo animal).

Note: This program cannot be studied part-time.

Campus Information

Roseworthy

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.

Intakes

  • Feb

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
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program aims to allow registration as a veterinarian in Australasia.

Graduates may also advance to research training via the Master of Philosophy and/or PhD route or to clinical specialty training via the residency and specialty examination route.

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

Potential careers
Veterinarian, Zookeeper, Zoologist

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

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
 
TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
 
Pearson Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications A completed Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Science or equivalent. Applications must be submitted by 30 September 2020.
 
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants must submit to the University a Self-Assessment Checklist on skills learnt in extra-mural studies.

  • Course Code: 086311G
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 195000 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: 100 AUD