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

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.

Year 1 to 5 Study Planners

 

Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
BIOC1011 Molecular Basis of Life Compulsory for program
VETS1018 Veterinary Professional Foundations Compulsory for program
VETS1025 Animal Management for Veterinarians Compulsory for program*
VETS1060 Animal & Veterinary Biology Compulsory for program

* 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 for program
VETS1003 Digestion, Metabolism & Nutrition Compulsory for program
VETS1021 Functional Anatomy of Locomotion and the Integument Compulsory for program
VETS1025 Animal Management for Veterinarians Compulsory for program*

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

* 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 for program*
VETS3024 Veterinary and Animal Enterprise Business Fundamentals (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS3050 Veterinary Phamacology, Therapeutics & Toxicology (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS3060 Veterinary Systems Pathology and Medicine (#4) Compulsory for program*
VETS3070 Veterinary Clinical Principles (#4) Compulsory for program*

* 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 for program*
VETS4012 Principles of Clinical Practise (#2) Compulsory for program
VETS4022 Equine Clinical Studies (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS4034 Theriogenology: Clinical Reproduction, Obstretics and Neonatology (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS4035 Ruminant Medicine and Surgery (#2) Compulsory for program*

* 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 for program*
VETS4021 Intensive Livestock Medicine (#2) Compulsory for program
VETS4022 Equine Clinical Studies (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS4034 Theriogenology: Clinical Reproduction, Obstetrics and Neonatology (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS4035 Ruminant Medicine and Surgery (#2) Compulsory for program*

* 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) Compulsory for program*
VETS5015 Equine Clinics (#2) Compulsory for program*
[VETS5016 Clinical Veterinary Elective (#2)
OR
VETS5017 Research Veterinary Elective (#2)]
Elective
VETS5024 Rural Veterinary Practice - Livestock Medicine (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS5028 Veterinary Anaesthesia, Diagnostic Imaging and Emergency and Critical Care (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS5029 Veterinary Professional Practice (#2) Compulsory for program*
VETS5030 Small Animal Clinics (#4) Compulsory for program*

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

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

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

Careers in Veterinary Science

Graduates find employment as:

  • Veterinary practitioners in private practice throughout Australia and abroad
  • Government biosecurity officers
  • Consultants for animal production and disease control
  • Veterinarians in industry (especially pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies)
  • Educators and/or researchers with universities and governments
  • Government department veterinarians dealing with animal disease control and efficient animal production

 

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