Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at enquire@science.uq.edu.au or phone 3365 1888.

Study Planner Information

1st to 3rd Year Study Planner

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended Elective – recommended course from Part C
  • Elective – choose an elective course that interests you from Part C of the program list
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1020 Applied Biology I Compulsory
AGRC1021 Applied Biology II Compulsory
AGRC1023 Applied Mathematics & Statistics Compulsory
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
CHEM1004 Chemistry Compulsory
VETS1005 Professional Studies for Veterinary Technology Compulsory
ANIM2020 Dogs, Cats & Other Pets Recommended
Select #2 from the elective list Elective
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC2001 Agricultural Biochemistry Compulsory
ANIM2051 Animal Anatomy & Physiology I Compulsory
VETS2001 Animal Health Technology Compulsory
ANIM2053 Animal Nutrition Recommended
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2052 Animal Anatomy & Physiology II Compulsory
VETS2032 Animal Pathogens & Immunity Compulsory
AGRC2045 Molecular & Quantitative Genetics Recommended
VETS3040 Mechanisms of Disease Recommended
Year 3 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS3009 Small Animal Health Compulsory
VETS3017 Animal Therapeutics Compulsory
VETS3018 Large Animal Health and Management Compulsory
VETS3043 Surgical Principles and Practices Compulsory
VETS3044 Preparation for Professional Practice Compulsory
Year 3 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS3043 Surgical Principles and Practices Compulsory
VETS3044 Preparation for Professional Practice Compulsory
VETS3023 Veterinary Diagnostics Technologies Recommended
Select #2 from the elective list Elective


Program Electives

Please Note: Electives can also be selected from other course lists with approval of the Executive Dean.

Semester One

Course Code & Name Campus
AGRC1040 Food for a Healthy Planet Gatton
AGRC3036 Precision Plant & Animal Management Gatton
AGRC3042 Animal & Plant Biosecurity Gatton
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Gatton
ANIM2024 Equine Behaviour & Performance Gatton
ANIM2044 Intensive Animal Production Gatton
ANIM3019 Animal Reproduction Gatton
ANIM3039 Equine Exercise and Rehabilitation Gatton
ANIM3043 The Behaviour and Management of Animals in Society Gatton
ANIM3049 Biology of Australian Marsupials and Monotremes Gatton
VETS2033 Laboratory Animal Science Gatton
VETS3042 Ecological & Disease Genetics Gatton

Semester Two

Course Code & Name Campus
AGRC1032 Elements of Ecology Gatton
AGRC2013 Agricultural Microbiology & Gene Technology Gatton
AGRC2045 Molecular & Quantitative Genetics Gatton
ANIM1018 Livestock Industries Gatton
ANIM1026 Australian Terrestrial Vertebrates Gatton
ANIM2020 Dogs, Cats & Other Pets Gatton
ANIM2021 Animal Environmental Physiology Gatton
ANIM2039 Equine Breeding and Stud Management Gatton
ANIM2053 Animal Nutrition Gatton
ANIM2054 Grazing Animal Production Gatton
ANIM2055 Captive Wildlife Husbandry Gatton
ANIM3018 Wildlife Technologies Gatton
ANIM3045 Livestock Science and Production Gatton
ANIM3063 Animal Welfare & Ethics Gatton
MGTS1982 Working with Groups & Teams (also offered Summer Semester) Gatton
VETS1030 One Health: Animals, the Environment & Human Disease Gatton
VETS3021 Research Elective Gatton
VETS3023 Vet Diagnostics Technologies Gatton
VETS3040 Mechanisms of Animal Disease Gatton

Year 1 External Study Planner

Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended Elective – recommended course from Part C
  • Elective – choose an elective course that interests you from Part C of the program list
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1020 Applied Biology I Compulsory
AGRC1021 Applied Biology II Compulsory
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
CHEM1004 Chemistry Compulsory
VETS1005 Professional Studies for Veterinary Technology Compulsory
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1023 Applied Mathematics & Statistics Compulsory
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Recommended Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2020 Dogs, Cats & Other Pets Recommended Elective
Select #2 from the elective list Elective

What will I study?

The veterinary technologist is an integral member of the veterinary health care team who has been educated in the care and handling of companion, laboratory, production animals and wildlife. Graduates are able to perform routine veterinary laboratory techniques and assist the veterinarian in the fields of veterinary radiography, clinical pathology, veterinary surgery, and anaesthesia, as well as perform a range of veterinary support procedures. In clinical practice, veterinary technologists work under the supervision of a veterinarian. They cannot diagnose, prescribe or perform surgery. Veterinary technologists are also utilised in government agencies where they complement the role of the veterinarian.

Veterinary Technology students will study foundation science courses such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, microbiology and biology. Applied courses will include animal behaviour; welfare and handling; small and large animal health; clinical nutrition; veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics; veterinary pathology; diagnostic practices; veterinary nursing principles; and, veterinary practice management.

Most importantly, a veterinary technology degree equips graduates with the attributes of critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed learning, which prepare them for supervisory, and management roles in a range of fields. To develop a broader range of competencies, the veterinary technology student can also enrol in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing.

You can also broaden your skill set by concurrently enrolling in the UQ-GVEC Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate III in Rural Operations or the Farm Ready program through the UQ Gatton Vocational Education Centre.