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Master of Veterinary Studies

Animal and Veterinary Science

Master of Veterinary Studies

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CSU's Master of Veterinary Studies is designed to enhance veterinary practice through developing substantial knowledge in a selected discipline, and meet the requirements for recognition in Australia and overseas.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Master of Veterinary Studies advances professional practice in veterinary science through the acquisition of organised and critical understanding of substantial knowledge in the selected discipline. Students also develop skills in critical reflection, clinical research methodology and skills, and advanced communication skills. This course fulfils requirements for Australasian membership and/or European or United States recognition in certain fields.

    These objectives will be achieved through:

    • the extension of students' knowledge of the selected and related veterinary science disciplines that underpin their professional practice, presented in a professional portfolio
    • the development of clinical research knowledge and skills required to successfully identify, investigate, manage and resolve problems encountered in the selected discipline
    • successful completion by the student of clinical research or investigation of an issue relevant to the selected discipline, presented in a dissertation and dissemination of the findings by oral presentation.

    Methods of assessment include written reports, reflective diaries, seminar / conference presentations, written research project proposals, contributions to didactic undergraduate teaching, compilation of a portfolio of clinical training and a dissertation of the clinical research project. The Dissertation subject undertaken at the end of the candidature is the major research output and will bind the chapters and/or publications arising from the clinical research project.

    Students will complete a research internship, during which they will gain practical skills and have the opportunity to complete research to support their dissertation.

    Master of Veterinary Studies graduates have advanced professional practice skills in veterinary science. Graduates acquire substantial critical knowledge in selected discipline and skills in critical reflection, clinical research methodology and advanced communication skills.

  • Subjects

    Each subject within the Master or Veterinary Studies must be passed to be able to complete the course.

    Students will undertake two subjects, Masters Research and Clinical Research Internship, in their first year and will be unable to progress without having successfully completed these 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 96 points made up of the following subjects:

    VSC612 Masters Research
    VSC613 Veterinary Masters Dissertation
    VSC614 Clinical Research Internship
    VSC511 Veterinary Clinical Skills
    [VSC507 Clinical related Disciplines Practicum AND VSC508 Clinical Practicum 1 AND VSC509 Clinical Practicum 2]

    VSC501 can substitute for VSC509

    Enrolment pattern

    Session 1
    VSC612 Masters Research (16 points)
    VSC614 Clinical Research Internship (16 points)

    Session 2
    Choice of 2 options:
    Option 1:
    VSC511 Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)
    Option 2:
    VSC507 Clinical related Disciplines Practicum  (16 points)
    VSC508 Clinical Practicum 1 (8 points)
    VSC509 Clinical Practicum 2 (8 points)
    VSC501 Herd and Flock Consultancy (8 points)

    Session 3
    VSC613 Veterinary Masters Dissertation (32 points)

  • Studying by distance education

    CSU is a leading provider of distance education in Australia. Study by distance education allows you to fit study around your existing work and lifestyle commitments, through a supported online environment. Many of your course materials will be provided online, and you will have the opportunity to interact with other students and staff using communication tools such as online forums, telephone, email and Skype.

  • Admission information

    For admission to the Master of Veterinary Studies, applicants would need to demonstrate that they:

    • Have a veterinary science degree to enable registration by the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales.
    Applicants with a first language other than English must satisfy Charles Sturt University’s normal requirements for language competency.

    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 WaggaFPPGYYNGMVS
    DirectOnlineWagga WaggaFPPGYYNEMVS

    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 96 points to graduate.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • 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.

  • Preparing for Study

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS008 - Mathematics for the Sciences
    • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
    • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

  • 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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