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What will I learn?

Become a fully qualified and internationally recognised veterinarian, with the foundational knowledge and practical skills to apply medical, diagnostic and therapeutic care to animals while studying at our world-class campus.

Your Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) commences with three years of foundational training in the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and behaviour of healthy domestic and wild animals. It includes more than 600 hours of practical training, where you'll develop your animal handling and husbandry skills and acquire detailed knowledge of animal pathology and diagnostic skills.

In your fourth year, you'll undertake dedicated medicine and surgery courses for each of the major animal species, plus population and public health training, and complete 130 hours of clinical practical work.

The final year includes more than 1,400 hours of lecture-free training within university and privately owned practices.

Throughout the program you'll develop your skills in essential clinical and professional competencies such as communication, business skills and self-development.

You'll undertake off-campus placements to provide authentic clinical and professional competencies and improve your work-readiness, and receive essential hands-on experience at UQ Gatton’s Small Animal Hospital and Equine Specialist Hospital.

As a fully qualified veterinarian, you'll work as a general practitioner in veterinary clinical practice or employment in sectors that include biosecurity, animal production and disease control, pharmaceutical livestock and biotechnology industries, or undertake research roles within universities and governments.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

Practice manager
Biosecurity field officer
Veterinary emergency specialist
Veterinary pathologist
Veterinary surgeon
Risk manager
Veterinary laboratory scientist

Which department am I in?

Agriculture and Environment



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$68,064.00 (US$ 44,473) per year
The given fees is refers to 2022 and subject to change for 2023 intakes.

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

Start date

20 February 2023


Gatton Campus



4343, GATTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be offered a place in an undergraduate program, you need to have successfully completed Queensland Year 12, or a qualification equivalent to Queensland Year 12, with the required minimum entry score for the program you're interested in studying. English Language Scores: IELTS: Overall Band Score of 6.5 AND a minimum score of 6 in each sub-band of Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening; TOEFL (Internet-Based-iBT): Overall score 87 with a Writing score of 21 and Reading, Speaking and Listening scores of 19; TOEFL (Paper-based): Overall score of 570 and a minimum score of 5.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE) and 54 in Listening and Reading; PTE: Overall score of 64 with 60 in each communicative skills section; CAE/CPE: Overall Cambridge English Scale (CES) score of 176 with a minimum score of 169 in each skill; BE: A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all four macro skills. 

For international students

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Physics or Biology (Units 3 & 4, C). Applicants must also complete a situational judgement test in the year of application and obtain a score which is higher than two standard deviations below the mean score for the test for that sitting.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

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

Pathways options

Offered by this university

The University of Queensland offers below pathways courses for this subject

About The University of Queensland

UQ ranks 19th globally for environmental sciences and 16th for agriculture and forestry according to the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Nationally 1st in environmental science and agriculture
  • 1000-hectare commercial farm and horticultural fields
  • Offers students industry placement programs
  • Numerous study options to choose from

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