Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)

Program rules and requirements

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) 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 Science (Honours). 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

Year 1 to 5 Study Planners

Program Rules Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended – recommended course from Part C electives
  • Elective – choose an elective course that interests you from the program list
Year 1 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOC1011 Molecular Basis of Life Compulsory
VETS1018 Veterinary Professional Foundations Compulsory
VETS1025 Animal Management for Veterinarians Compulsory*
VETS1060 Animal & Veterinary Biology Compulsory

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1041 Cell and Tissue Biology for Agriculture & Veterinary Science Compulsory
VETS1003 Digestion, Metabolism & Nutrition Compulsory
VETS1021 Functional Anatomy of Locomotion and the Integument Compulsory
VETS1025 Animal Management for Veterinarians Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2501 Applied Animal Nutrition & Grazing Management Compulsory
VETS2006 Principles of Disease I Compulsory
VETS2011 Structure and Function I (#4) Compulsory
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2503 Animal Breeding & Molecular Genetics Compulsory
VETS2007 Principles of Disease II Compulsory
VETS2008 Veterinary Reproduction Compulsory
VETS2012 Structure and Function II Compulsory
Year 3 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS3010 Infectious Diseases (#4) Compulsory*
VETS3024 Veterinary and Animal Enterprise Business Fundamentals (#2) Compulsory*
VETS3050 Veterinary Phamacology, Therapeutics & Toxicology (#2) Compulsory*
VETS3060 Veterinary Systems Pathology and Medicine (#4) Compulsory*
VETS3070 Veterinary Clinical Principles (#4) Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

Year 3 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS3010 Infectious Diseases (#4) Compulsory*
VETS3024 Veterinary and Animal Enterprise Business Fundamentals (#2) Compulsory*
VETS3050 Veterinary Phamacology, Therapeutics & Toxicology (#2) Compulsory*
VETS3060 Veterinary Systems Pathology and Medicine (#4) Compulsory*
VETS3070 Veterinary Clinical Principles (#4) Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

Year 4 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS4010 Companion Animal Clinical Studies (#6) Compulsory*
VETS4022 Equine Clinical Studies (#2) Compulsory*
VETS4034 Theriogenology: Clinical Reproduction, Obstretics and Neonatology (#2) Compulsory*
VETS4035 Ruminant Medicine and Surgery (#2) Compulsory*
VETS4040 Veterinary Population Medicine (#4) Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

Year 4 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS4010 Companion Animal Clinical Studies (#6) Compulsory*
VETS4022 Equine Clinical Studies (#2) Compulsory*
VETS4034 Theriogenology: Clinical Reproduction, Obstetrics and Neonatology (#2) Compulsory*
VETS4035 Ruminant Medicine and Surgery (#2) Compulsory*
VETS4040 Veterinary Population Medicine (#4) Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

Year 5 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS5012 Veterinary Public Health and Pathology (#2)1 Compulsory*
VETS5015 Equine Clinics (#2) Compulsory*
[VETS5016 Clinical Veterinary Elective (#2)
OR
VETS5017 Research Veterinary Elective (#2)]
Elective
VETS5024 Rural Veterinary Practice - Livestock Medicine (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5028 Veterinary Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency and Critical Care (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5029 Veterinary Professional Practice (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5030 Small Animal Clinics (#4) Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

1 - Final offering for VETS5012 will be 2018. Students entering 5th year in 2019 will need to enrol in a new Diagnostic Pathology course. Please contact the School for more details.

Year 5 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS5012 Veterinary Public Health and Pathology (#2)1 Compulsory*
VETS5015 Equine Clinics (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5016 Clinical Veterinary Elective (#2)
OR
VETS5017 Research Veterinary Elective (#2)
Elective
VETS5029 Veterinary Professional Practice (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5024 Rural Veterinary Practice - Livestock Medicine (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5028 Veterinary Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency and Critical Care (#2) Compulsory*
VETS5030 Small Animal Clinics (#4) Compulsory*

* Code for student in year course, commencing semester 1. Students must re-enrol in same code in semester 2.

1 - Final offering for VETS5012 will be 2018. Students entering 5th year in 2019 will need to enrol in a new Diagnostic Pathology course. Please contact the School for more details.

What will I study?

The Veterinary Science program will equip you with knowledge and skills to work with animals of all kinds with respect to their health, welfare and management.  Studies commence with foundational training in the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and behaviour of healthy animals with students engaging in clinical training as well as the handling and husbandry of animals.  Key concepts are then introduced around the diseased animal, providing detailed knowledge of animal pathology and skills in diagnostic methods, coupled with introductory training in the art of clinical examination and disagnostic process.  The 4th year of hte program is dedicated medicine and surgery courses for each of the major animal species, including population and public health training.  Final year is entirely clinical oriented within University and privately owned practices.

Professional skills training is woven throughout the program in essential competencies such as communication, business skills and self-development.  Students also undertake Extramural Studies involving work-integrated learning to provide authentic clinical and professional competencies and work-readiness.