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Animal and Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

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Do you have a passion for animal health and welfare? CSU's Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science double degree will prepare you for a career as a registered veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

This course was developed in close consultation with the veterinary industry to answer the needs of rural and regional communities for veterinarians who have the knowledge and skills to work with farm livestock and horses, companion animals and wildlife.

  • Why study this course?

    Industry relevant

    This course aims to provide highly competent veterinary graduates with a strong commitment to animal health, welfare and research, and to the development and protection of animal industries.

    Build key networks while you study

    Other than your workplace learning placements and clinical rotations, you will study at a single rural site for the six years of your course. Placements create a strong sense of collegiality between staff and students at all levels of the program. CSU also enjoys the support of an enthusiastic and interested regional community, ready access to a wide range of veterinary practices and farms, and the relaxed, enjoyable and affordable lifestyle which comes with living in a thriving regional centre of more than 60,000 people.

    A holistic learning experience

    You will develop skills in the diagnosis and management of disease in all common species of farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and fish) and companion animals (horses, dogs and cats). The course provides a solid grounding in agricultural production systems and the integration of nutrition, genetics, economics and epidemiology for the optimal management of herds and flocks.

    Practical sessions with live animals start in your first week and continue throughout the course. In addition to your scientific and clinical skills training, you will also develop a range of life and business skills that will help you in your work as a rural and/or regional veterinarian.

    Secure a highly valued learning experience

    Admission to this course is highly competitive, with approximately 350 applications received for the 66 available places each year. Successful applicants are required to demonstrate excellent academic achievements, superior communication skills, and a genuine commitment to animals, livestock industries and to working in rural and regional communities.

    Applications open on August 1 and close on the last Friday in September for entry the following year.

    • CSU Supplementary Application Form available
      1 August 2017
    • UAC applications open
      first week of August, refer to UAC website
    • Supplementary Application Form to be returned to CSU
      postmarked on or before Friday 29 September 2017
    • UAC applications close
      refer to UAC website
    • Applicants notified if selected for interview
      by mid-November 2017
    • Interviews held in Wagga Wagga
      30 November and 1, 4, and 5 December 2017

  • Career opportunities

    Clinical practice

    Work in a veterinary clinic with animal owners, producers and communities to provide veterinary services, such as medicine, surgery and optimising herd/flock health and production. You will be able to use the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the course, such as diagnostic imaging, anaesthesiology, reproduction and clinical reasoning.

    Become an industry specialist

    You may choose to specialise in one area of practice, such as dairy, equine or pigs, or become a herd health consultant or a nutrition or genetics specialist in a commercial farming organisation. Use your expertise to resolve challenges in the health and disease management of individual animals, herds and flocks.

    Public health

    Implement on-farm biosecurity and hygienic practices and assess quality assurance systems with regard to the production of food for human consumption. Working with government authorities, assess and communicate risks relating to outbreak investigations and other emerging public health issues.

  • Professional recognition

    This course is fully accredited with the Australian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC), the Veterinary Council of New Zealand and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK. This means that graduates will have achieved the necessary graduate attributes and will be eligible for registration as veterinarians in all states of Australia, and in New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

    To meet these professional expectations, CSU graduates must be able to demonstrate their ability to perform various animal handling, manipulative, therapeutic and diagnostic techniques.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit eligibility will be considered for a limited number of subjects in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science and will not result in shortening of the degree. Under normal circumstances, credit will only be considered for the following subjects: CHM102 Chemistry (prerequisite for VSC226); BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry; ASC273 Animal Nutrition; ASC221 Animal Genetics. Credit eligibility will be conferred by the Course Director.

    It is your responsibility to make enquiries regarding your eligibility to receive Centrelink payments, particularly if you are applying for credit from prior study and/or are 25 years or older at the time of application.

    If you are not accepted into this course the first time, you should make sure that veterinary science is the profession that you really want to pursue and seek career planning advice. If you have no Year 12 qualification or your ATAR was not high enough, you should concentrate on qualifying for admission to another course with a view to reapplying to CSU's Veterinary Science course in the future. You should choose a course that you think you will enjoy and do well in, and be happy to complete, should your future applications to CSU Veterinary Science be unsuccessful. It is also important to recognise the emphasis placed on commitment to farm animal production in the selection process.

    You can enrol in another CSU course and then, if you meet eligibility requirements, you can apply for Veterinary Science by completing and submitting a Supplementary Application Form. This application will be judged on its merits at the same time as applications from students at other universities. CSU students do not get preference in this competitive process. Should your application be assessed sufficiently competitive, in comparison with other applicants, you would also be required to participate in the interview process.

  • Workplace learning

    CSU's Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science is unique in its focus on development of practical skills and client communication, particularly to agricultural business clients. Throughout your course you will consistently have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to real life cases. Students begin learning in a real life practical environment in the CSU livestock facilities from first year where you participate in animal handling pracs which include cattle, sheep, horse, dog and cat handling.

    From the second half of year one, you will also begin attending placements in a wide range of vet clinics, some of which will occur during your holidays, building up to continuous three week rotations at a wide range of clinics, which may include participation in after hours patient care in the final phases of the course.

    In your fourth year you will move into working with private commercial farms and in the equine and small animal teaching facilities during internal rotations. Internal rotations involve attending five different rotations which include dairy, farm animal, small animal, equine and clinical (anaesthetics and diagnostic imaging) and prepares you for the transition from theory to practice which you begin during your fourth year.

    During this practical component students will see a wide range of cases, develop important diagnostic, animal handling and client communication skills as well as a thorough understanding and familiarity with the way different clinics operate, all of which will provide them with a competitive edge as a new graduate.

    In the first three years, students are required to travel to veterinary practices within a radius of about 100km of Wagga Wagga. Students will either need a car of their own or will travel with another student who may expect some contribution for travel expenses. The University does not contribute to these costs.

    In the last three sessions of the course students will travel to several off campus locations in three week blocks of clinical rotations. Some funding is available to assist with these additional expenses.

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

    VSC118 Veterinary Practice 1
    VSC450 Clinical Practice 3
    VSC460 Veterinary Professional Practice
    VSC465 Clinical Rotation 7- Livestock Industries
    VSC462 Clinical Rotation 4 - Rural Practice
    VSC466 Clinical Rotation 8 - Mixed Practice
    VSC470 Clinical Rotation 10 - Clinical Extramural Studies 3
    VSC331 Diagnosis and Critical Thinking in Veterinary Science
    VSC463 Clinical Rotation 5 - Veterinary Diagnostic Services
    VSC410 Clinical Practice 1
    VSC467 Clinical Rotation 9 - State Veterinary Medicine
    VSC464 Clinical Rotation 6- Specialism Practice
    VSC456 Clinical Rotation 1 - Equine Practice
    VSC461 Clinical Rotation 3 - Dairy Cattle Practice
    VSC218 Veterinary Practice 2
    VSC457 Clinical Rotation 2 - Small Animal Practice
    VSC420 Clinical Practice 2

  • 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

    This course consists of 384 points for both Pass and Honours streams:

    Core subjects for both Pass and Honours streams (360 points; 45 subjects)

    CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences
    ASC221 Animal Genetics
    ASC262 Veterinary Reproduction
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    ASC474 Intensive Animal Production and Welfare
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    VSC110 Animal Production and Welfare
    VSC113 Fundamentals of Veterinary Cell Biology
    VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
    VSC115 Pastures and Profits in Grazing Systems
    VSC118 Veterinary Practice 1
    VSC223 Veterinary Histology and Immunology
    VSC218 Veterinary Practice 2
    VSC224 Veterinary Anatomy
    VSC225 Comparative Anatomy
    VSC226 Veterinary Physiology
    VSC227 Applied Veterinary Physiology
    VSC310 Principles of Pathobiology
    VSC321 Principles of Clinical and Systematic Pathology
    VSC323 Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
    VSC324 Veterinary Pharmacology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
    VSC331 Diagnosis and Critical Thinking in Veterinary Science
    VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition
    VSC415 Population Medicine
    VSC416 Production Animal Medicine 1
    VSC417 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 1
    VSC418 Public Health and Biosecurity 1
    VSC425 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 2
    VSC426 Production Animal Medicine 2
    VSC427 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 3
    VSC410 Clinical Practice 1
    VSC420 Clinical Practice 2
    VSC450 Clinical Practice 3
    VSC451 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 4
    VSC453 Public Health and Biosecurity 2
    VSC455 Transition to the Profession
    VSC456 Clinical Rotation 1 - Equine Practice
    VSC457 Clinical Rotation 2 - Small Animal Practice
    VSC461 Clinical Rotation 3 - Dairy Cattle Practice
    VSC462 Clinical Rotation 4 - Rural Practice
    VSC463 Clinical Rotation 5 - Veterinary Diagnostic Services
    VSC467 Clinical Rotation 9 - State Veterinary Medicine
    VSC470 Clinical Rotation 10 - Clinical Extramural Studies 3
    VSC460 Veterinary Professional Practice


    Restricted elective subjects for Pass stream only (24 points)
    24 POINTS CHOSEN FROM:

    VSC464 Clinical Rotation 6 - Specialism Practice
    VSC465 Clinical Rotation 7 - Livestock Industries
    VSC466 Clinical Rotation 8 - Mixed Practice
    Compulsory subjects for Honours stream only (16 points; 1 subject)
    HRS417 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16 points)

    Restricted elective subjects for Honours stream only (8 points)
    8 POINTS CHOSEN FROM:

    VSC464 Clinical Rotation 6 - Specialism Practice
    VSC465 Clinical Rotation 7 - Livestock Industries

    BACHELOR OF VETERINARY BIOLOGY (Exit point only course)

    CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences
    ASC221 Animal Genetics
    ASC262 Veterinary Reproduction
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    ASC474 Intensive Animal Production and Welfare
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    VSC110 Animal Production and Welfare
    VSC113 Fundamentals of Veterinary Cell Biology
    VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
    VSC115 Pastures and Profits in Grazing Systems
    VSC118 Veterinary Practice 1
    VSC223 Veterinary Histology and Immunology
    VSC218 Veterinary Practice 2
    VSC224 Veterinary Anatomy
    VSC225 Comparative Anatomy
    VSC226 Veterinary Physiology
    VSC227 Applied Veterinary Physiology
    VSC310 Principles of Pathobiology
    VSC321 Principles of Clinical and Systematic Pathology
    VSC323 Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
    VSC324 Veterinary Pharmacology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
    VSC331 Diagnosis and Critical Thinking in Veterinary Science
    VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition
     

    Enrolment pattern

    Common to pass and Honours streams

    Full-time

    Phase 1
    Session 1 (Session 1)

    CHM102 Chemistry for Dental and Veterinary Sciences
    VSC113 Fundamentals of Veterinary Cell Biology
    VSC110 Animal Production and Welfare
    VSC118 Veterinary Practice 1 (commenced)

    Session 2 (Session 2)
    VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
    VSC115 Pastures and Profits in Grazing Systems
    VSC224 Veterinary Anatomy
    ASC221 Animal Genetics
    VSC118 Veterinary Practice 1 (completed)

    Session 3 (Session 1)
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
    VSC225 Comparative Anatomy
    VSC226 Veterinary Physiology
    VSC218 Veterinary Practice 2 (commenced)

    Session 4 (Session 2)
    ASC273 Animal Nutrition
    ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    VSC223 Veterinary Histology and Immunology
    VSC227 Applied Veterinary Physiology
    VSC218 Veterinary Practice 2 (completed)


    Session 5 (Session 1)
    ASC262 Veterinary Reproduction
    ASC474 Intensive Animal Production and Welfare
    VSC310 Principles of Pathobiology
    VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition

    Session 6 (Session 2)
    VSC321 Principles of Clinical and Systematic Pathology
    VSC323 Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology
    VSC324 Veterinary Pharmacology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics
    VSC331 Diagnosis and Critical Thinking in Veterinary Science

    Students may elect to exit at this point with the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology BVetBiology (exit point only). Students cannot progress to Fourth Year until the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology is completed.

    Phase 2

    Session 7 (Session 1)
    VSC410 Clinical Practice 1
    VSC415 Population Medicine
    VSC416 Production Animal Medicine 1
    VSC417 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 1

    Session 8 (Session 2)
    VSC418 Public Health and Biosecurity 1
    VSC420 Clinical Practice 2
    VSC425 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 2
    VSC426 Production Animal Medicine 2

    Pass stream

    Session 9 (Session 1)
    VSC427 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 3
    VSC453 Public Health and Biosecurity 2
    VSC451 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 4
    VSC450 Clinical Practice 3

    Students cannot progress to Phase 3 until Phase 2 is completed.

    Phase 3

    Session 10 (Session 2)
    VSC455 Transition to the Profession
    VSC456 Clinical Rotation 1 Equine Practice
    VSC457 Clinical Rotation 2 - Small Animal Practice
    VSC466 Clinical Rotation 8 - Mixed Practice

    Session 11 (Session 3)
    VSC461 Clinical Rotation 3 - Dairy Cattle Practice
    VSC462 Clinical Rotation 4 - Rural Practice
    VSC464 Clinical Rotation 6 – Specialism Practice
    VSC465 Clinical Rotation 7 – Livestock Industries

    Session 12 (Session 1)
    VSC463 Clinical Rotation 5 - Veterinary Diagnostic Services
    VSC467 Clinical Rotation 9 - State Veterinary Medicine
    VSC470 Clinical Rotation 10 – Clinical Extramural Studies 3
    VSC460 Veterinary Professional Practice


    Honours stream

    Session 9 (Session 1)
    VSC427 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 3
    VSC453 Public Health and Biosecurity 2
    VSC450 Clinical Practice 3
    VSC451 Companion Animal Medicine and Surgery 4

    Students cannot progress to Phase 3 until Phase 2 is completed.

    Phase 3

    Session 10 (Session 2)
    VSC455 Transition to the Profession
    HRS417 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16)(commenced, 8 points)
    VSC456 Clinical Rotation 1 - Equine Practice
    VSC457 Clinical Rotation 2 - Small Animal Practice

    Session 11 (Session 3)
    HRS417 Science Honours Project/Dissertation (16) (completed, 8 points)
    VSC461 Clinical Rotation 3 - Dairy Cattle Practice
    VSC462 Clinical Rotation 4 - Rural Practice
    VSC464 Clinical Rotation 6 - Specialism Practice OR VSC465 Clinical Rotation 7 - Livestock Industries

    Session 12 (Session 1)
    VSC463 Clinical Rotation 5 - Veterinary Diagnostic Services
    VSC467 Clinical Rotation 9 - State Veterinary Medicine
    VSC470 Clinical Rotation 10 – Clinical Extramural Studies 3
    VSC460 Veterinary Professional Practice
     

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
    BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry

  • Admission information

    Australian and New Zealand students

    Academic requirements

    Although there are no formal prerequisites for the Veterinary Science course at CSU, it is highly recommended that school leavers will have studied one or more science disciplines and high level mathematics at Year 12 level and university students will have studied a science based degree at university. If you have not studied these subjects and are accepted to the course, it is strongly recommended you undertake a STUDY LINK subject before commencing the degree.

    The following three points apply to any applicants who wish to be considered for entry into the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

    • study must have been undertaken within the last seven years
    • there is no special pathway for mature aged students
    • STAT test scores, ATAR equivalents or university pathway/preparation programs are not considered.

    All applicants must be able to meet the selection criteria and also be able to meet one of the categories listed in the academic requirements below.

    Approximately half the applicants to this course have previously studied at university.

    School leavers, gap year students and university students who will not have completed one year full-time equivalent by the end of the current year

    • a minimum ATAR of 90 for applicants who attended a metropolitan school, or 85 for applicants who are eligible to receive the CSU Regional Bonus
    • an OP of approximately 6* for Queensland applicants who attended school in a metropolitan area or approximately 8* for Queensland applicants who are eligible to receive the CSU Regional Bonus
    • an IB of approximately 33 (IB scores are not eligible to receive the CSU Regional Bonus).

    *Please note the OP and IB scores are based on prior year equivalents, and are subject to annual change.

    For applicants to be eligible to receive the CSU Regional Bonus, they must have attended a non-metropolitan school for their final two years of high school.

    Students who have previously attended university

    Undergraduate applicants

    • Students who have completed one or two years full-time equivalent at Bachelor degree level – a minimum GPA of 5.1
    • Students who have successfully completed Year 3 or above of a Bachelor degree – a minimum GPA of 4.8

    For those applicants who have subject credits from previous study included in their current course, the actual result of those subject credits will be included when calculating your GPA.

    It is your responsibility to make enquiries regarding your eligibility to receive Youth Allowance or Centrelink payments, particularly if you are applying for credit from prior study and/or are 25 years or older at the time of application. For more information visit the Government assistance page.

    Honours applicants

    • Coursework and integrated Honours: Completed with GPA minimum of 5.0 or Class 1 Honours
    • Research Honours: Completed with Class 1 Honours only

    Postgraduate applicants

    Master
      • Coursework Master: Completed with GPA minimum of 5.0
      • Completed Research Master

      PhD

      • Completed PhD

      For consideration of other postgraduate qualifications not listed, please contact the Veterinary Science Admissions Officer by email: vetselections@csu.edu.au

      Please note: A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 is equivalent to a Credit average. The GPA is an average over all sessions in which you studied. Your most recent degree will be considered.

      Australian citizens and residents

      As there is a high demand for entry into this course, please note that students are selected based on the selection criteria.

      Applications open on 1 August and close the last Friday in September for entry the following year. Applications must be postmarked on or before this date. Late applications will not be accepted.

      The application process involves three steps:

      • apply through UAC - this course cannot be added to your UAC preferences after the UAC closing date
      • complete and submit a Supplementary Application Form (Please note that a sample form is available from this site from the end of September to the end of July the following year. The form is to be submitted to the School from the start of August to the last Friday in September.) - this provides the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to animals, livestock industries and rural and regional communities
      • if selected after assessment of your application form, attend an interview at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. Interview does not guarantee entry into the course. Interviews are held over four business days commencing the first Thursday in December and include 20 minutes of reading time, a 20-minute face-to-face interview and a 30-minute numeracy exercise. Two-hour tours of the campus are also available.

      The Supplementary Application Form, which includes detailed instructions on applying, must be submitted to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences directly and must be postmarked on or before the last Friday in September.

      The aim of the interview is to validate the statements you made in the Supplementary Application Form regarding your interest in and commitment to animal production and rural and regional veterinary practice. The interview is also an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills. The aim of the numeracy exercise that you will complete on the day of interview is to assess your numeracy skills and your ability to think clearly and critically in a short period of time under test conditions.

      The numeracy exercise will not be used to influence your opportunity to be made an offer into the course. It will be used as a tool to identify and support potential 'at-risk' students regarding numeracy skills. If identified, you may be required to undertake remedial study by way of successfully completing STUDY LINK subjects and/or attending relevant tutorials.

      From the interview approximately 60 students will be made an offer to enrol into the course.

      Year 12 students are also required to request their school (principal or careers adviser) to submit the Predicted Score Letter. This is to be sent electronically directly to CSU.

      Forms
      The following forms are required to apply for the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science:
      • Supplementary Application Form (Please note this form was due to be postmarked by 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry) and Additional Section 4 if required
      • Predicted score letter (for principals and careers advisers)
      If I am not accepted into the course the first time, what should I do?

      First, you should make sure that Veterinary Science is the profession that you really want to pursue and seek career planning advice. If you have no Year 12 qualification or your ATAR was not high enough, you should concentrate on qualifying for admission to another course with a view to reapplying to CSU's Veterinary Science course in the future. It is also important to recognise the emphasis placed on commitment to farm animal production in the selection process.

      You should choose a course that you think you will enjoy and do well in, and be happy to complete should your future applications to Veterinary Science at CSU be unsuccessful. You can enrol in another CSU course and then, if you meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply for Veterinary Science by completing and submitting a Supplementary Application Form. This application will be judged on its merits at the same time as applications from students at other universities. CSU students do not get preference in this competitive process. Should your application be assessed sufficiently competitive, in comparison with other applicants, you would also be required to participate in the interview process.

    International students

    Note: If you are an international student but living in and undertaking an educational qualification in Australia, follow the application procedures as for Australian citizens and residents.

    CSU is one of Australia's highly respected national universities, offering almost 400 courses to more than 38,000 students worldwide.

    As a national university for the professions, CSU prides itself on providing practical, hands-on courses that ensure graduates are prepared for a range of employment opportunities. You will enhance your future by studying at CSU.

    More information about studying at CSU

    Selection criteria for international applicants

    To gain entry to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science, international applicants are required to meet the following selection criteria:

    • a high level of academic ability demonstrated through previous studies, especially in Mathematics and the Sciences
    • a demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, rural and/or regional communities, veterinary science and animal production
    • an understanding of the unique ethical and practical issues that confront veterinarians involved with rural and/or regional practice and animal production
    • the capacity to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
    • have completed the International Language Testing System (IELTS) or other government approved language test with an average overall score of 7.0 or better, with a minimum of 7.0 in all sections, undertaken within the last two years, or have completed formal education in an English-speaking country.

    More about selection criteria for international students [PDF]
    Download the Supplementary Application Form - international (Please note this form was due to be postmarked by 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry)

    Application process and closing dates

    Applications open on 1 August and close on 30 September 2016 for entry in 2017. Applications received after 30 September will not be considered for entry in 2017.

    Application to the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science is a two step process:

    1. Apply online. Applications received after 30 September 2016 will not be considered for entry in 2017. Ensure you submit your complete academic transcript, including grade key and any other information that will assist in converting your grade
    2. Complete and submit the International Supplementary Application Form (Please note this form was due to be postmarked by 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry) to the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences. Email the completed application to: vetselections@csu.edu.au
    Supplementary application forms will only be accepted between 1 August and the last Friday in September each year. No late entries will be accepted.

    Applicants selected for interview will be advised by email in due course. Interviews will be conducted by telephone.

    Credit

    Credit eligibility will be considered for a limited number of subjects in the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science and will not result in shortening of the degree. Under normal circumstances, credit will only be considered for the following subjects: CHM102 Chemistry (prerequisite for VSC226); BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry; ASC273 Animal Nutrition; ASC221 Animal Genetics. Credit eligibility will be conferred by the Course Director.

    Contact

    For information regarding the International Supplementary Application please email: vetselections@csu.edu.au

    Recruitment agents

    CSU's International Recruitment Representatives (agents) are trained to provide you with information about CSU and its courses and will help you find the answers to all your questions.

    More information about recruitment agents.

    Cost of study

    For more information about fees, read the information under the Cost of study heading below. Allowance must also be made for additional costs such as accommodation, books, protective clothing (laboratory coat, overalls, boots) and travel to veterinary practices to complete the required work placements during the course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    In addition to your tuition fees, you will need to buy prescribed textbooks and may purchase additional books to help with your studies. Scientific texts can cost between $100 and $150 each. Protective clothing (laboratory coat, overalls, boots) is also required from the first week or two of the course. There are additional costs associated with travel to veterinary practices for workplace learning components of the course. The University does not contribute to these costs. Scholarships are available to assist with costs. 

    It is your responsibility to make enquiries regarding your eligibility to receive other Centrelink payments, particularly if you are applying for credit from prior study and/or are 25 years or older at the time of application. Read more about government assistance.

    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.

     

  • Course details

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPOSYNNISBU
    UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214964
     

    LEGEND
    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

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 384 points, including all embedded clinical competencies.

  • How to apply

    Applications for the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science close on 29 September 2017 for intake in 2018. The Supplementary Application Form must be postmarked on or before that date.

    Please note: All Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents should apply through UAC.

    Download the Supplementary Application Form [PDF] (Please note this form was due to be postmarked by 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry)

    Download Veterinary Science additional section 4 [DOC]

    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

    Apply through UAC

    Apply direct to CSU

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

    Apply online

    Download the Supplementary Application Form - International [PDF] (Please note this form was due to be postmarked by 30 September 2016 for 2017 entry)

    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

    CRICOS Code(s)

    068968D (Wagga Wagga)

    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.

  • 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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