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What will I learn?

The University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree gives you the experience and flexibility to succeed in your choice of veterinary career: as a small or large animal veterinarian, an animal welfare supervisor in the agricultural industries, an equine health professional, a government veterinarian monitoring wildlife health or a zoo veterinarian.

After developing a strong core of veterinary science knowledge, you will be able to follow your own area of interest and gain a wealth of professional experience via our Tracks program. You can take clinical or research placements anywhere in Australia or overseas, and even prepare yourself for leadership or industry roles with a concurrent diploma.

You will benefit from the experience and research expertise of our world-class academics, and an innovative, evidence-based curriculum. Training throughout the degree will help you to develop strong communication and teamwork skills, and a final lecture-free year of clinical experience supports our students to become confident, professional, resilient and compassionate veterinarians.

Our DVM curriculum has been developed around five learning domains, which are infused in every subject and are based around the attributes of a veterinary scientist:

  • The scientific basis of clinical practice
  • Ethics and animal welfare
  • Biosecurity and population health
  • Clinical skills
  • Personal and professional development

Four career tracks

Production Animal Track

This track will provide enhanced opportunities for you to gain hands-on experience and exposure to production animal medicine including working with cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.

Small Animal track

If you're interested in pursuing a career path working with cats, dogs and small pets, you can elect to join the small animal track.

Government, Industry and Conservation Health Track

If you're interested in pursuing a career path outside of traditional veterinary clinical practice can elect to join the Government, Industry and Conservation Health track.

Equine Track

Gain the practical skills and experience working with horses before graduation.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$74,368.00 (40,46,137) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $320,535
Start date

February 2023


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to have completed an Honours and Masters degree in the relevant discipline. English language requirements: IELTS – you need a score from a minimum of 6.5 or more in the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), with no bands less than 6.0; TOEFL – you need a score from a minimum of 577+ including a score of at least 4.5 in the Test of Written English for a paper-based test. Or a score of at least 79 and scores of at least 21 for writing, 18 for speaking, 13 for reading, 13 for listening for an internet-based test; Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

International applicants who are eligible for selection will be eligible for entry to the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation where they have obtained a Science GPA of at least 75%, based on their results in first year level and second year level science subjects.

International students who complete the Trinity College Foundation Studies program with a score of at least 87, and obtain entry to the Bachelor of Science immediately after finishing their Trinity College program, will be guaranteed an Overseas fee-paying place in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (should they apply for one before the relevant deadline).

International applicants who are eligible for selection will be made an offer into the DVM where they have obtained results across science/agriculture subjects at any one of the following thresholds:

a 3.2 GPA or higher (4 point scale)
a 4.0 GPA or higher (5 point scale)
a 5.6 GPA or higher (7 point scale)
an average of 75% or higher (where marks on a university transcript are returned as % marks)
first class honours (applicants from the United Kingdom).

All applicants must also satisfy the English language requirements of the course.

IELTS (academic English Only): 7.0 (written 7.0 with no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (paper-based test): 600 + TWE 5.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 65 & written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50

Application closing dates: Round 1 - 17 May; Round 2 - 19 July; Round 3 - September 13; Round 4 - October 18; Round 5 - December 6.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.