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    Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science

    Charles Sturt University

    Charles Sturt University

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    Australia, Port Macquarie

    University RankQS Ranking
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    Key Facts

    Program Level

    Bachelor

    Study Type

    Full Time

    Delivery

    On Campus

    Campuses

    Wagga Wagga

    Program Language

    English

    Start & Deadlines

    Next Intake Deadlines3-Mar-2025 20-Jun-2025
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    Go to the official application for the university

    Duration 6 year(s)
    Tuition Fee
    AUD 69,600  / year
    Apply Date 20-Jun-2025
    Next Intake 3-Mar-2025

    Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science

    About

    Do you have a passion for animal health and welfare? The Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science accredited double degree from Charles Sturt University will prepare you for a career as a registered veterinarian in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the United Kingdom and South Africa.

    This veterinary science degree is accredited with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and was developed in close consultation with the veterinary industry to answer the needs of rural and regional communities for veterinarians who have the knowledge and skills to work with farm livestock and horses, companion animals and wildlife.

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    Industry relevant

    This veterinary biology and veterinary science degree aims to provide highly competent veterinary graduates with a strong commitment to animal health, welfare and research, and to the development and protection of animal industries.

    Build key networks while you study

    Besides your workplace learning placements and clinical rotations, you'll study at a single rural site for the six years of your course. Placements create a strong sense of connection between staff and students at all levels of the program. Charles Sturt University also enjoys the support of an enthusiastic and engaged regional community; ready access to a wide range of veterinary practices and farms; and the relaxed, enjoyable and affordable lifestyle which comes with living in a thriving regional centre of more than 60,000 people.

    A holistic learning experience

    You'll develop skills in the diagnosis and management of disease in all common species of farm animals (cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and fish) and companion animals (horses, dogs and cats). The course provides a solid grounding in agricultural production systems and the integration of nutrition, genetics, economics and epidemiology for the optimal management of herds and flocks. Practical sessions with live animals start in your first week and continue throughout the course. In addition to your scientific and clinical skills training, you'll also develop a range of life and business skills that will help you in your work as a rural and/or regional veterinarian.

    Secure a highly valued learning experience

    Admission to this course is highly competitive, with approximately 450 applications received for the 66 available places each year. Successful applicants are required to demonstrate excellent academic achievements, superior communication skills, and a genuine commitment to animals, livestock industries and to working in rural and regional communities.

    Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    APPLICANTS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY

    Successful completion of one year full-time student load (EFTSL) university level study (AQF level 7 Bachelor Degree or higher) meeting the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) that is equivalent to an ATAR of 90.00 as set by UAC each year. GPAs are calculated from subjects with completed substantive grades (FL to HD or equivalent) from the most recent program of study that completes at least one EFTSL.

    AND

    A Supplementary Application Form

    AND

    An interview with Charles Sturt University staff and representatives

    APPLICANTS WITH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) STUDY

    Applicants must have appropriate higher education studies AQF level 7 or higher or secondary education.

    APPLICANTS WITH WORK AND LIFE EXPERIENCE

    Applicants must have appropriate higher education studies AQF level 7 or higher or recent secondary education.

    APPLICANTS WITH RECENT SECONDARY EDUCATION

    A completed Higher School Certificate (or equivalent), with a minimum ATAR of 90.00, inclusive of adjustment factors.

    AND

    A Supplementary Application Form

    AND

    An interview with Charles Sturt University staff and representatives

    Academic Requirements

    Although there are no formal prerequisites for the Veterinary Science course at Charles Sturt, it is highly recommended that school leavers will have studied one or more science disciplines and high-level mathematics at Year 12 level and university students will have studied a science based degree at university. If you have not studied these subjects and are accepted to the course, it is strongly recommended you undertake a STUDY LINK subject before commencing the degree.

    The following three points apply to any applicants who wish to be considered for entry into the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology / Bachelor of Veterinary Science;

    • Tertiary study must have been undertaken within the last seven years. For study that was completed longer than this, evidence must be provided of continuing professional development related to the area of study,
    • There is no special pathway for mature aged students,
    • STAT test scores, ATAR equivalents or Unilearn are not considered.

    All applicants must be able to meet the selection criteria and also be able to meet one of the categories listed in the academic requirements below. Approximately half the applicants to this course have previously studied at university.

    School leavers, gap year students and university students who will not have completed one EFTSL by the end of the current year require;

    • A minimum ATAR of 90.00 for applicants who attended a metropolitan school, or 85.00 for applicants who are eligible to receive the CSU Regional Location Adjustment,
    • An OP of approximately 6* for Queensland applicants who attended school in a metropolitan area or approximately 8* for Queensland applicants who are eligible to receive the CSU Regional Location Adjustment an IB of approximately 34 (IB scores are not eligible to receive the CSU Regional Location Adjustment).

     

    For applicants to be eligible to receive the Charles Sturt Regional Location Adjustment, they must have attended a non-metropolitan school for their final two years of high school.

    Students who have previously attended university

    UNDERGRADUATE APPLICANTS

    • One or two EFTSL in their most recent program of study - a minimum GPA of 5.10 (as set by UAC to be an equivalent of an ATAR of 90.00) calculated from substantive graded subjects equivalent to at least 0.75 EFTSL.
    • Three or more EFTSL in their most recent program of study - a minimum GPA of 4.80 (as set by UAC to be an equivalent of an ATAR of 90.00)

     

    Please note: The Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated as the average over all sessions in which you studied in your most recent program of study.  Only substantive grades (FL to HD or equivalent) contribute to a GPA, eg a GPA of 5.00 is equivalent to a Credit average.

    POSTGRADUATE APPLICANTS

    Master:

    • Coursework Master: Completed at least one EFTSL in their most recent program of study, with a GPA minimum of 4.80
    • Completed Research Master

    PhD:

    • Completed PhD

    For consideration of other postgraduate qualifications not listed, please contact the Veterinary Science Course Administration Officer by email: [email protected]

    Supplementary Application Form

    The Supplementary Application Form provides the opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to animals, livestock industries, veterinary science and rural / regional communities.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    • Detailed instructions on applying are included within the form;
    • The form must be uploaded with your UAC application; and
    • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

    Interviews

    • Applicants deemed to be competitive, based on the application for admission and the supplementary form, will be invited to interview.
    • The aim of the interview is to provide an opportunity for you to demonstrate your communication skills and further discuss your interest in and commitment to animal production and rural and regional veterinary practice.
    • Initial interviews are held over four business days, in late November and early December.
    • A further day of interviews may be offered in January

    Offers

    • Offers will be sent to successful interviewees following each UAC offer round in December and January.
    • Direct offers may be made from February
    • Due to multiple offer rounds, interviewees may not receive notification of their outcome until all UAC and direct offers have been accepted in February/March.

    English Program Requirements

    Career

    When you graduate, you'll be ready to make your mark in a wide range of careers, including:

    • Veterinarian
    • veterinary surgeon/veterinary clinician
    • herd management consultant
    • biosecurity and government officer

    Fee Information

    +estimated annual tuition fee for a full-time study load


    Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
    Scholarships and financial aid available if eligible

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 69,600 

    How to Apply

    The process to apply to study with us is simple, just follow these steps. 

    Step 1: Choose your course

    Choose a course from the list of courses available to international students. Each course lists the fees for the course for that year. 

    Make sure you change the search filter to 'international'. This will ensure courses available for international students to study will display.

    Step 2: Check the entry requirements and application dates

    All of your course entry requirements (academic and English) can be found online.

    If you have not reached the level required for entry to your chosen course, there are other pathways you can follow.

    Higher Education Application Dates

    Semester 3 2023 Semester 1 2024 Semester 2 2024 Semester 3 2024

    Last date to submit offshore applications 

    15 October 2023 22 January 2024 20 May 2024 23 September 2024

    Last date to submit onshore applications 

    24 October 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024

    Last date to submit applications for course changes/transfers 

    29 October 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024
    Orientation week commences 30 October 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024

    Teaching commences

    6 November 2023 4 March 2024 8 July 2024 4 November 2024
    Census date 27 November 2023 24 March 2024 29 July 2024 25 November 2024

    TAFE Application Dates

    Semester 1 2024 Semester 2 2024
    Last date to submit offshore applications  20 November 2023 17 June 2024
    Last date to submit onshore applications  22 December 2023 24 June 2024
    Teaching commences 1 January 2024 1 July 2024
    Census date 11 March 2024 11 August 2024

    CDU International College

    Semester 3 2023 Semester 1 2024 Semester 2 2024 Semester 3 2024

    Last date to submit offshore applications 

    25 October 2023 22 January 2024 20 May 2024 23 September 2024

    Last date to submit onshore applications 

    1 November 2023 26 February 2024 1 July 2024 28 October 2024

    Teaching commences

    6 November 2023 4 March 2024 8 July 2024 4 November 2024
    Census date 27 November 2023 24 March 2024 29 July 2024 25 November 2024
    Step 3: Apply online or through an agent

    Applications must be submitted online through our application portal. You’ll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online. 

    You can lodge a direct application. However, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you are not able to submit a direct application via the application portal, then apply through one of our registered agents.

    Option 1: Direct

    Submit your application to study at CDU via the online portal.

    Option 2: Agent

    We have authorised representatives in many countries, and you may use their services to assist you in the application process. Education agents are generally able to help you with your visa application as well as your university application.

    Please select your country of nationality to find our other overseas or external representatives.

    When applying for your course, ensure that your application form is completed as an incomplete application may delay the application process. You’ll also need to provide and label correctly all the required documentation below:

    1. Passport copy showing all relevant information
    2. Proof of English language proficiency test
    3. A well-written Statement of Purpose (Single) or Statement of Purpose (Family)
    4. Certified copies of all academic transcripts, award certificates including grading systems information and English translations (whenever applicable)
    5. Resume
    6. Other supporting documents.

    Scholarships

    We offer an exciting and generous range of scholarships to support international students coming to study at CDU. More information on available international scholarships can be found on our international student scholarship page.

    Apply for Credit, Advanced Standing or Recognition of Prior Learning (RLP) (if applicable)

    Please indicate in your application if you will be applying for advanced standing based on previous studies and submit the following documents:

    • Certified academic transcripts of your previous study along with unit outlines (and certified English translation, if required). 
    • Completed HE113 Application for Exemption form.

    View more details about Advanced standing at CDU.

    The University may ask for further documentation if required at any time of the application process. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email with a reference number which will allow you to track the status of your application. Remember to include this reference number in all correspondences with the University about your application.

    Certifying documents

    What is a certified document?

    A certified document is a copy of an original document that a qualified person has cited and confirmed as correct and legitimate. When you need a document to be certified, you must have both the copy and the original with you.

    Who can certify my documents?

    The person who certifies your document/s must be contactable by telephone during normal working hours.

    Your documents must be certified by one of the following authorised officers:

    • Any CDU staff member
    • Any manager-level staff or higher from the Institution the academic document has come from
    • The official records department of the Institution that initially issued the document/s
    • An Australian overseas diplomatic mission and an Australian Education Centre
    • The Universities Admission Centre (UAC)
    • A Justice of the Peace (JP)/Notary with a registration number
    • An accountant - must be a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or the Australian Association of Taxation and Management Accountants or be a Registered Tax Agent
    • A CDU-registered international agent
    • A bank manager, but not a manager of a bank travel centre
    • A credit union branch manager
    • A commissioner for declarations
    • A barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
    • A police officer in charge of a police station, or of the rank of sergeant and above
    • A postal manager
    • A Principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school
    • A medical practitioner

    It is important to note that you (or immediate family members) cannot certify your documents, even if you or they belong to one of the categories listed above.

    How should the authorised officer certify each document?

    The certifying officer must print the following text on all pages of the copied document:

    'I certify this to be a true copy of the document shown and reported to me as the original.'

    They must also include their name, address, contact telephone number, profession or occupation or organisation, and the date, and then they must sign the document.

    The certifying officer should also include the official stamp or seal of the certifier's organisation on the copy if the organisation has such a stamp.

    In addition to the above, a Justice of the Peace/Notary must also print their registration number and provide details of the state in which they are registered.

    Documents certified by a Justice of the Peace without a registration number will not be accepted. To find a Justice of the Peace in your area, check the public register available online from the NSW Attorney-General's Department.

    Charles Sturt University

    Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science

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    Port Macquarie

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