University of Sydney

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Animal Science


Student Information Office, Merewether Bldg H04, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

Sydney, New South 2560


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Diploma of Animal Science and Graduate Certificate in Animal Science

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Rapid developments in animal research and production technologies have made the latest knowledge and techniques highly sought after by employers in these fields. The Master of Animal Science will enhance your career options in animal science, offering specialisation (streams) in animal genetics, nutrition and reproduction. The program develops core technical skills in your chosen stream, while giving you a wide range of electives from which to choose, dealing with exciting new developments and innovations. You will earn from leading researchers in areas such as Advanced Reproduction Techniques (ART), genomics, biotechnology, animal welfare and behaviour science. You will also have the opportunity to apply your skills in specific industries, such as beef, dairy, pig, poultry and aquaculture. There are also online electives focusing on the leadership and management skills required to participate in the enormous changes currently taking place in animal industries, studying human and organisational behaviour, communication, project leadership and change management. SPECIALISATIONS Animal Genetics: Develop your understanding of animal population genetics, concepts of relationship and inbreeding, the adverse effects of inbreeding, quantitative genetics, genetic variance, heritability and repeatability, and methods for the identification and selection of superior livestock. Animal Nutrition: Acquire an in-depth understanding of the issues of animal nutrition and feed technology, including composition of feeds; the digestibility and efficiency of utilisation of nutrients by animals; the nutrient requirements of the animal; and the interactions between nutrients that influence health and production. Animal Reproduction: You will develop an in-depth understanding of animal reproduction biology, with an emphasis on livestock and domestic animals. Core and elective units of study in animal reproduction deal with reproductive cycles, sexual differentiation, fertilisation, embryo development, gestation and parturition. This degree course will: 1) Provide advanced technical training in a focused area of animal science – genetics, nutrition or reproduction, biotechnology and animal production 2) Equip animal scientists with advanced skills applied in a variety of contexts – including poultry, wildlife, pig, aquaculture, dairy, companion and pedigree animals, sheep and beef 3) Prepare students for advanced research training, including the skills to manage the planning and implementation of a successful research project and to design, conduct and write-up a research project Students in the postgraduate course in Animal Science will learn to: 1) Identify, define and analyse existing and emerging issues in animal science by applying an understanding of specific animal production systems and industries. 2) Search, identify, evaluate, collate and present scientific knowledge. 3) Analyse and integrate information to achieve better understanding of complex issues involving animal industries. 4) Identify, define and analyse problems affecting animal health and production. 5) Use detailed knowledge and understanding of animal science topics to solve problems on current issues in the relevant field. 6) Use appropriate decision making processes to create solutions in a professional context. 7) Communicate effectively information on issues within animal industries to a variety of stakeholders.


The Faculty holds and maintains continuous accreditation through the transition to a new veterinary program. Graduates of accredited programs are immediately eligible for registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Board in each state and territory in Australia. The course is also recognised internationally by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) and is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Students graduating from an AVMA accredited School have their degree recognised in North America and are entitled to sit the US National Veterinary Licensing Examinations.

International Student Requirements:

Graduate Certificate in Animal Science 1) Bachelors degree in veterinary science, animal science or equivalent OR 2) Minimum of 4 years work experience in a relevant discipline with approval of the Dean Graduate Diploma in Animal Science 1) Bachelors degree in veterinary science, animal science or equivalent OR 2) Graduate Certificate in Animal Science. Masters in Animal Science 1) Bachelors degree in veterinary science, animal science or equivalent OR 2) Graduate Certificate in Animal Science OR 3) Graduate Diploma in Animal Science

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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