Animal and Veterinary Sciences
If you have a passion for animals and are fascinated by science, CSU can help you develop a rewarding career.
CSU's facilities for Animal and Veterinary Sciences are world class. Our veterinary clinical and pre-clinical facilities, veterinary teaching hospital, campus farms and equine centre ensure you have access to cutting edge equipment from the very start of your course, so you'll learn by actually doing the work you'll do as a professional. In addition to practical opportunities on campus, you could undertake a work placement or head off on international study programs, like saving bears in Cambodia.
CSU's courses in the Animal and Veterinary Sciences are unique in their strong focus on rural practice, although graduates will also be equipped to work in metropolitan areas.
You can also choose from postgraduate study options to specialise in your practice or explore a personal interest, like birds or captive animals.
Animal nutrition is a growing industry. Livestock producers want cost-effective feed products that will maintain and improve animal health to achieve the best financial returns, while animals in captivity require appropriate diets to match their lifestyle and nutritional needs. Nutritional products for pets, to keep animals in peak condition, are also in increasing demand.
As an animal nutritionist, your career could range from developing nutritional products or dietary programs, monitoring what animals are eating, or working in the sales and promotion of nutritional products. Private consultancy roles are also a possibility, helping develop dietary plans that meet the needs of specific animals and their living conditions. Your clients could be anyone who owns animals, from farmers, zookeepers and vets to agricultural supply stores, pet shops or private owners.
- animal nutritionist
- animal nutrition educator
- sales and marketing
Animal reproduction specialists can play a vital role in the survival of endangered animal species, as well as developing programs for production or performance animals, or working with breeders. Your role could involve artificial insemination and other assisted breeding technologies, or you may be more concerned with monitoring, measuring and assessing breeding patterns in animal populations.
As an animal reproduction specialist, you could:
- develop breeding plans for endangered species
- manage captive animal populations
- work with livestock animals and horses on farms and studs.
Depending on your interests, you could work with animals from domestic breeds competing at shows, to performance animals, livestock, or animals in zoos and wildlife parks in Australia and internationally. Your career could improve genetic diversity in a production or captive animal population, or help bring a species back from the brink of extinction.
Animal reproduction experts could also study animal behaviour, examining how animals choose mates, care for offspring or avoid predators. As a specialist in this area, your workplace could be a zoo, research laboratory, animal shelter or veterinary hospital.
- animal conservationist
- artificial inseminator
- genetics researcher
- stud operator
Horse racing is a multi-million-dollar industry that can take you around the world, from regional race meetings to the Melbourne Cup and international racing events.
You could be employed by a particular stud or trainer, or work on a self-employed or consultancy basis. Your role could be to develop nutrition products to help horses in their development and to maintain peak physical condition, to be involved in breeding the next champion racehorse, or to assess and treat injured animals.
With further study or research, you could develop new initiatives or techniques within the racing industry, ensure best practice in racing or stud enterprises, or make new discoveries to improve the health, wellbeing or performance of racehorses.
If you would like to work in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment, often with horses worth significant amounts of money, the racing industry could be the career path for you.
- stud hand
- equine veterinarian
- horse breeder
Veterinarians play an important role in the wellbeing of all types of animals. You may want to work with livestock and farm animals, wild and captive exotic animals, or treat household pets.
As a veterinarian, you could be involved in:
- day-to-day care of family pets such as dogs and cats
- providing regular vaccinations and check-ups
- diagnosing and treating illnesses and injuries
- performing surgical procedures
You could also work on farms and studs helping livestock and horses give birth or providing treatment for their health conditions. Employment options also exist in wildlife parks, zoos or animal sanctuaries in Australia or internationally.
Your role could include diagnostic testing and imaging, participating in programs to identify and prevent the spread of disease, dressing wounds, setting broken bones, and advising animal owners about issues such as health, nutrition, breeding and care. With further study, specialisations may be available in areas like anaesthesia, pathology or surgery.
- veterinarian in private practice or the public sector
- research and diagnostic services
- pharmaceutical development
- quarantine services
- captive animal health
CSU's Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science is accredited by the Australian Veterinary Boards Council, the Veterinary Council of New Zealand and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the UK, so graduates are eligible to practice in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
New technology is always being introduced into the animal care field and an understanding of technology is vital to support veterinarians in their work. As a veterinary technologist, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to assist veterinarians in care and surgery for animals of all sizes. You will also develop the skills to progress to practice management.
Veterinary technology provides opportunities for veterinary nurses who wish to progress their careers, and includes fields such as veterinary services industries, animal reproduction technologies, emergency management and critical care procedures. You will develop the skills to be directly involved with animals in a range of industries and settings, from veterinary practices, horse studs and poultry and dairy operations, to animal welfare organisations and zoos.
- private and specialist veterinary clinics
- thoroughbred and standardbred stud farms
- intensive animal industries
- pharmaceutical companies
Practical experience is a key component of learning at CSU and, with purpose-built facilities and animals in paddocks just outside the classroom, it is the ideal place to study Animal and Veterinary Sciences. You'll gain a wide range of skill using CSU's animal handling facilities, veterinary clinical and pre-clinical centres and teaching hospital, and also gain experience working on farms and in veterinary practices.
CSU's Equine Centre is home to an Olympic standard indoor arena, cross country eventing course, stables and animal handling facilities, where you will learn practical skills. You will be involved in a range of aspects of raising and caring for horses, including breaking in, training and health care.
Veterinary Pre-Clinical Centre
Spacious laboratories, anatomy facilities and a veterinary museum provide a great study area for students in the Veterinary Pre-Clinical Centre. Here, you will have access to tutorial rooms and be able to use computer facilities or connect your laptop to the internet. You will also develop your skills in client consultations using a specialised teaching suite, allowing you to prepare for scenarios in the workplace.
Veterinary Clinical Centre
Located on campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga, the Veterinary Clinical Centre gives you hands-on experience working with large animals. You will complete rotations in the large animal hospital, which includes operating theatres, as well as sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment, a reproduction unit and small animal teaching laboratories. Students work with staff at the Veterinary Clinical Centre to provide first opinion and referral services for horses, as well as referral services for farm animals and pets. The centre has lent a hand in times of need, monitoring and caring for horses injured in bushfires in early 2013.
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital is located in the city of Wagga Wagga and was purpose-built to include the latest equipment and support services. Senior students are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of small animals under direct supervision from qualified veterinarians. Here, you will learn the latest procedures and practices in small animal surgery and medicine.
Animal and Veterinary Sciences at CSU
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- Bachelor of Animal Science
Bachelor of Animal Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Equine Science (with specialisation)
- Bachelor of General Studies (Science)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Veterinary Technology
TAFE articulated program
TAFE integrated program
- Graduate Certificate in Captive Vertebrate Management
- Graduate Diploma of Ornithology
Graduate Certificate in Ornithology
- Master of Animal Science