University of Sydney

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)


Student Information Office, Merewether Bldg H04, University of Sydney

The University of Sydney

Sydney, New South 2560


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The University of Sydney's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is an innovative graduate entry program. Graduates are eligible for registration as veterinary practitioners, so you have the potential to work all over the world. Teaching is research driven where you will learn about the latest developments and advances in evidence-based practice, veterinary medical research, animal behaviour, animal welfare sciences and veterinary public health. The integrated curriculum provides you with clinical and professional skills training, clinical exposure and animal handling from your first semester. Studies will take place within a 'one health' framework, ensuring that you understand the critical role of the veterinary professional in animal, human and ecosystem health at local, national and global levels. The Sydney DVM culminates in a year-long research experience, during which you will work as an intern at a broad range of veterinary clinics, including the University's teaching hospitals in Sydney and our rural campus in Camden. PRACTICAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS You will develop your practical and professional skills in multiple hands-on settings, from the laboratory to the hospital to the farm, both on campus and in clinical placements. Develop and practise your skills in state-of-the-art clinical skills facilities, on University farms and during external clinical placements. INNOVATIVE, STUDENT-FOCUSSED TEACHING The Sydney DVM embraces the latest in student-focused teaching methodologies, recognising your experience and maturity as a graduate learner. From small group, case-based scenarios to online modules and laboratory sessions, you will realise your potential by studying with a small faculty that offers a high level of individual interaction between staff and students. The Sydney DVM attracts the best and brightest students from around the world, and entry is highly competitive. LEADING RESEARCHERS Our passionate and internationally recognised staff include some of the world's best veterinary and animal science researchers. The quality of our research programs has been recognised by the federal government's Australian Research Council, which awarded us the top score of 'five out of five' for Excellence in Research. As a DVM student, you will be engaged with staff who lead emerging discovering in veterinary science, and you will have opportunities to participate in cutting edge research. STUDENT EXPERIENCE Sydney offers a vibrant, diverse and unique social life, at both faculty and University-wide levels. Our active student societies, including VetSoc and the Camden Farms Society, ensure that you will have rich and rewarding experiences both in and out of the classroom. LOCATION AND FACILITIES The faculty offers both the inner-city convenience with Sydney right on your doorstep and the relaxed rural beauty of our Camden Campus located in south-west Sydney. We maintain teaching hospitals at both campuses, providing small animal, large animal, equine and livestock services as well as a dedicated wildlife, avian, reptile and exotic pet hospital. LEADERSHIP AND CAREERS The Sydney final year mentoring program supports your professional and personal development and provides you with access to both University and industry professionals. The Faculty of Veterinary Science has more than 5000 alumni, providing you with excellent employment opportunities across the veterinary, agricultural and public health sectors. INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE Study global veterinary medicine in a 'one health' framework - our DVM places you at the intersection of animal, human and ecosystem health. You will develop the skills to pursue expanding career opportunities arising from global concern about food security, biosecurity and emerging diseases.


Graduates are eligible for registration as veterinary practitioners. The University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science is internationally recognised and accredited, so that when you graduate you have the potential to work all over the world. 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:

Admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is based on the following criteria: Grade Point Average (GPA) from a completed Bachelor's degree, minimum credit average required* Successful completion of pre-requisite units Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Admission Statement including relevant work experience and animal handling experience Shortlisted domestic applicants may be required to attend an in-person interview in the week beginning September 29, 2014.International applicants will not be interviewed in 2014 for 2015 admission. *These are the minimum admission requirements for the DVM. As entry to this course is highly competitive, students who meet the minimum requirements are then ranked according to academic performance and admission statement. We recommend you check our DVM standard frequently asked questions

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

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