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Study Vet Science in Australia - How to become a veterinarian?

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[:en]Do you consider vet science to be of no different from any medical degrees? Well, I would say they are pretty much in the similar field as vet science studies involve pathology, infectious diseases and immunology, as well as diagnosis and treatment, medicines, surgical procedures and nutrition. Thus, for someone who simply adores animals, has a few pets at home, and is thinking of studying vet science, then think again - a vet is a doctor to animals!

The study of vet science, you can imagine, is equally as intense compared to other medical degrees. This unique program with The University of Queensland is Australia’s only accredited undergraduate offering that qualifies you to practice as a veterinarian locally and internationally.

Why study Vet Science at UQ?
The UQ School of Veterinary Science is one of the largest veterinary science groups in the Southern Hemisphere and is ranked in the world’s top 40, on a purpose-built site with first-rate facilities for teaching and research and access to horses, cattle and poultry.

International Accreditation
The Veterinary Science program has full accreditation with the three major accrediting bodies in the world: the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (Australia/New Zealand), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (United Kingdom) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (North America). This allows the graduates to work at many places around the world.

Location: Gatton, Australia

Duration: 5 years full-time

Career Outcome: You will graduate qualified to work as a general veterinary practitioner for large or small animals in Australia and overseas. Expect to find employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • practising veterinary doctor in a private or public clinic
  • consultant in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or animal disease control industries
  • educator and/or researcher with universities and governments
  • government department veterinarian dealing with biosecurity and/or efficient animal production

This 5-year program equips you with the latest knowledge and skills to apply medical, diagnostic and therapeutic principles to all major animal groups. It was developed in consultation with industry and researchers. You will work with animals from your first semester, learn about animal handling, husbandry and business management, and undertake pre-clinical vacation placements on working farms or with other enterprises. In your final year, you will be involved in clinical training at UQ and in private practice, gaining skills in medicine, surgery, radiology and anaesthesia under the guidance of a registered veterinarian.

Destination Australia Scholarship
The Australian Government is offering up to $15,000 per year in financial assistance for eligible programs at UQ’s Gatton campus only, to further promote tertiary study – from certificates to Master’s degrees – in regional Australia. Find out more about other available scholarships.

Become a Vet
Veterinarians are compassionate, insightful and highly capable professionals who work with companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife and production animals. They deal with messes (I meant poo and pee) and are good communicators as they have to interact with humans too.

If you’re looking for an innovative, forward-thinking veterinary program, you can be confident UQ is the right choice for you.

UQ will be in Singapore for our AECC Global Overseas Education. Come speak to them directly and find out more!

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