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Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science James Cook University




Course info


This course is for veterinary science graduates who want to further their training in tropical veterinary health issues and reproduction.

Students must provide evidence of being immune to Q Fever within the first teaching period of their studies. Students who are not immune to Q fever will not be permitted on-site at some facilities and consequently this may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body. If a student has not complied with the above requirement by the last day of the first teaching period of their studies, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

Course highlights

James Cook University offers:

  • Purpose-built emergency veterinary clinic including operating theatres and radiology facilities
  • anatomy and biomedical science teaching and research laboratories, including housing for small, large and aquatic animals
  • veterinary teaching facilities in Atherton, Malanda, Townsville and Charters Towers.

Career opportunities

Tropical veterinary science focuses on animal health and reproduction in tropical climates. Study areas within the tropical veterinary science programs may include:

  • Animal production
  • Pathology
  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology

Course learning outcomes:

Tropical veterinary science covers the field of animal health, welfare, and production with the aim of improving health and productivity of livestock, and better utilisation of animal resources, including wildlife in tropical, subtropical and similar agro-ecological environments.

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science will be able to:

  • Apply and adapt advanced and integrated knowledge, including an understanding of recent developments, in the area of Tropical Veterinary Science and related professional competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks
  • Apply an integrated understanding of tropical veterinary medicine and its application to improve human health and quality of life by means of increased and safe food production in tropical regions
  • Analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in new situations or contexts with creativity and independence
  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their own future professional development through selection and integration of available subjects in tropical veterinary medicine
  • Interpret and justify theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences through high level written and oral communication and numeracy skills.



Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Graduate Diploma of Tropical Veterinary Science.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

A$40,280.00 (21,65,384) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


24 Feb


James Cook University

Douglas campus,

1 James Cook Drive,



4814, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

A$40,280.00 (21,65,384) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution


24 Feb


Townsville City Campus

City Arcade, 383 Flinders Street,



4810, TOWNSVILLE, Australia

Entry requirement for international students

Student must have completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Science; or Completion of qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above.

IELTS - 7.0 (no component lower than 6.5); TOEFL (internet based) - 94 (no component less than 23); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 65 (no component less than 58).

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