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 University Policies and Procedures.

If you require assistance at any time please contact the Faculty of Science at enquire@science.uq.edu.au or phone 3365 1888 (St Lucia) or 5460 1276 (Gatton).

Study Planner Information

Year 1 to 3 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
AGRC1021 Biological Concepts and Plant Science Compulsory
AGRC1023 Applied Mathematics & Statistics Compulsory
VETS1005 Professional Studies for Veterinary Technology Compulsory
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Recommended
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM1020 Applied Animal Biology Compulsory
CHEM1004 Chemistry Compulsory
ANIM2020 Dogs, Cats & Other Pets Recommended
Elective Elective
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC2001 Agricultural Biochemistry Compulsory
ANIM2057 Applied Animal Physiology Compulsory
VETS2001 Animal Health Technology Compulsory
Elective Elective
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2053 Animal Nutrition Compulsory
VETS2032 Animal Pathogens & Immunity Compulsory
AGRC2045 Molecular & Quantitative Genetics Recommended
VETS3040 Mechanisms of Animal Disease Recommended

You must complete all compulsory level 1 and level 2 courses in the planner (Part A of the BVetTech course list) before you can progress to the compulsory level 3 courses (Part B of the BVetTech course list).

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
Elective Elective

Year 1 to 5 External Study Planner

If you want to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology externally, please be aware that you can only enrol part-time, due to residential school requirements, and 5th year must be completed full-time internally.

Course List

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory – all students must complete this course
  • Recommended – 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
AGRC1021 Biological Concepts and Plant Science Compulsory
VETS1005 Professional Studies for Veterinary Technology Compulsory
Year 1 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
CHEM1004 Chemistry Compulsory
ANIM1020 Applied Animal Biology Compulsory
Year 2 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC1023 Applied Mathematics & Statistics Compulsory
ANIM1014 Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling Recommended
Year 2 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
ANIM2020 Dogs, Cats & Other Pets Recommended
Elective Elective
Year 3 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC2001 Agricultural Biochemistry Compulsory
ANIM2057 Applied Animal Physiology Compulsory
Year 3 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS2032 Animal Pathogens & Immunity Compulsory
ANIM2053 Animal Nutrition Compulsory
Year 4 - Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS2001 Animal Health Technology Compulsory
Elective Elective
Year 4 - Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
AGRC2045 Molecular & Quantitative Genetics Recommended
VETS3040 Mechanisms of Animal Disease Recommended
Year 5 - Semester 11
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 5 - Semester 21
Course Code & Title Requirements
VETS3043 Surgical Principles and Practices Compulsory
VETS3044 Preparation for Professional Practice Compulsory
VETS3023 Veterinary Diagnostics Technologies Recommended
Elective Elective

Please note: due to the structure of the program, and the requirements to schedule rotations across a number of areas, students must be enrolled full-time and internal for their final year of studies. If students wish to enrol part-time due to exceptional circumstances, please contact the School of Veterinary Science for permission.