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Doctor of Veterinary Studies

Animal and Veterinary Science

Doctor of Veterinary Studies

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Establish yourself as an expert in the management, care and welfare of animals. CSU's Doctor of Veterinary Studies provides clinical and research skills and knowledge to prepare you for specialist veterinary practice of a national and international standard.

As the highest level qualification available in the profession, the Doctor of Veterinary Studies provides unique opportunities for practising veterinarians wishing to further their expertise. You will gain a systemic and critical understanding in a complex field of learning and conduct research that makes an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen discipline.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Veterinary Studies is a highly regarded degree that provides advanced research and clinical specialty training in veterinary science. It satisfies the Australian Qualifications Framework level 10 requirements for professional doctorates.

    Clinical training and research

    Beginning with advanced clinical training in your chosen field and related disciplines, you will go on to plan, develop and conduct an original research project and write a dissertation. You will develop the analytical, problem-solving, clinical research and technical skills required to attain specialty status.

    Multiple and varied assessments

    The Doctor of Veterinary Studies incorporates assessments that are different from those of a PhD. You will contribute to scholarly inquiry, undergraduate clinical teaching and clinical practice, generate and deliver presentations and reports, and produce peer-reviewed publications.

    Unique learning environment

    You will benefit from the world-class facilities and technology at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus, which includes veterinary clinical and pre-clinical centres, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory and an Equine Centre. You may also have opportunities to embark on short study tours in Australia or internationally.

    Leaders in research

    You will join a vibrant research community and complete your doctorate under the supervision of renowned discipline experts at CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.


    CSU offers merit-based scholarships to help you realise your study or career goals.

  • Career opportunities

    Your Doctor of Veterinary Studies may give rise to a range of opportunities. As an expert in your field, you could pursue policy, research or leadership roles and work in private specialist practice, university referral veterinary hospitals, industry or government. Your professional training may also support examinations for membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and/or North American or European veterinary specialty colleges.

  • Workplace learning

    The clinical subjects are undertaken at one or more veterinary enterprises at CSU, where workplace learning will be supported directly by specialists relevant to the primary and related disciplines.

    The clinical research subjects include placement in a workplace for recruitment of cases and data collection for the research project.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    VSC707 Advanced Clinical Related Disciplines PracticumVSC712 Doctorate Research Plan

    VSC709 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2

    VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research InternshipVSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation

    VSC708 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1

    VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Candidates must successfully complete the following subjects:

    VSC707 Advanced Clinical Related Disciplines Practicum (16 points)
    VSC708 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 (8 points)
    VSC709 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2 (8 points)
    VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)
    VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan (16 points)
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points)
    VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research Internship (16 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Candidates must successfully undertake all subjects. Whilst there are some fixed subjects flexibility for the timing and pattern of the other subjects has been incorporated to ensure each candidate has the opportunity to maximise their studies.

    Session 1
    VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan (16 points)
    VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research Internship (16 points)

    Session 2
    VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)

    Session 3
    VSC707 Advanced Clinical Related Disciplines Practicum (16 points)
    VSC708 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 (8 points)
    VSC709 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2 (8 points)

    Session 4
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points) (commenced)

    Session 5
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points) (continued)

    Session 6
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points) (completed)

    The pattern above reflects minimum candidature time. For students requiring one or two further enrolment sessions in the clinical research dissertation, re-enrolment for additional sessions would occur in VSC713.

  • Admission information

    The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the University holds the delegated authority to approval for admission to a research higher degree program.

    Doctor of Veterinary Studies

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Studies
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Veterinary Studies candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    * the  proposed  area of research  falls  within  an  approved University  field  of  research  for  admission  to  a higher degree by research;
    * the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    * the applicant has the background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
    * the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

    For admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Studies, applicants would need to demonstrate that they:
    * Have a veterinary science degree with class 1 or class 2(i) honours which enables candidates to be registered by the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales or equivalent academic and/or research experience, and
    * Have a minimum of 1 year of veterinary professional experience.
    Applicants with a first language other than English must satisfy Charles Sturt University's normal requirements for language competency.

    Applicants must also complete an Additional Information Form outlining their research experience and preferred specialty field.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn campusWagga WaggaFPPGYYNGDVS

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    Students must satisfactorily complete 192 points of compulsory subjects, including successful completion of a dissertation in accordance with CSU Academic regulations, to graduate.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Veterinary Studies Additional Information Form

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    This course is not available to international students.

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  • About the School

    School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

    The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a hands-on provider of education in the areas of animal, equine and veterinary sciences. The School delivers teaching in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga. The School works in close collaboration with local farmers and clinicians in the delivery of training, with a strong focus on practical skills to prepare work-ready graduates. Since introducing the veterinary science course in 2005, the School has achieved its vision of providing high quality and passionate veterinarians for rural Australia. Staff are very active in research and in supervising postgraduate research students, with both national and international aspects.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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