Have you always wanted to be a vet? As the only Veterinary Science course in WA, this highly-accredited course will give you the skills, experience and qualifications you need to solve the existing and emerging problems of our companion animals, livestock and wildlife.
A science-based approach and hands-on experience will prepare you for the highest standard of work in the veterinary industry. Class sizes are kept small so that you can make the most of the knowledge and practical training provided by some of the best Veterinary teaching staff in Australia and beyond.
You’ll learn real-world skills in general practice and emergency areas in state-of-the-art facilities including veterinary teaching hospitals, clinics and working farm, all located at the Murdoch University South Street campus. As part of your degree, you could complete placements with the RSPCA, Perth Zoo and a wide range of farms and veterinary practices.
To become a qualified vet, you’ll need to complete a three-year Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) which progresses into an integrated DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine). You could complete your full qualification over 12 semesters, or 5 calendar years.
When you graduate, you will be qualified to register immediately and practise as a vet in Australia and other countries including New Zealand, UK, Europe, Singapore, Malaysia and North America.
This Veterinary Science major has been accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. This means that to be eligible to sit USA veterinary licensing examinations, you would be considered in the same category as North American graduates.
For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.
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- School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
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IntroductionWith its natural campus and mix of local, regional and international students, Murdoch University offers a one-of-a-kind learning experience. When you study at Murdoch, you learn from renowned academics at a world-class research university and have access to a wide range of unique courses, flexible study options and real-world facilities. Our passionate staff are dedicated to sharing their discoveries and helping you build the skills, knowledge and life experiences you need to achieve your goals. Studying at Murdoch isn't just about learning in your chosen field. You'll explore new ways of thinking and make a difference by combining cutting-edge theory with relevant, practical work to help you graduate career-ready. We have strong partnerships with government, industry and the community across a range of exciting projects and initiatives, providing you with practical opportunities to apply your studies and solve real workforce challenges. As a Murdoch student, you'll have access to an extensive range of support services to help you adjust to university life with plenty of opportunity to get involved, have fun and make lifelong friends. To find out more and chat with our friendly team about what Murdoch course best suits you, call 1300 687 3624 or visit murdoch.edu.au.
Admission RequirementsThe University welcomes applications from both school leavers and non-school leaver applicants. School leaver requirements
The requirements for Western Australian school leavers are outlined in the Undergraduate Admission Requirements for School Leavers. School leavers from interstate must have met the requirements for entry to a university in their own State and obtained an ATAR or aggregate which converts to the appropriate ATAR for admission to the course of their choice. School leavers from overseas are also welcome to apply to Murdoch University. If you have any doubts about eligibility for admission to the University, contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 687 3624. Murdoch RISE
Murdoch University recognises that not all school leavers have the same opportunities to achieve their potential. To support a range of students achieve admission to undergraduate degrees, Murdoch's RISE will adjust the ATAR of eligible students by up to 10.00 to a maximum of 90.00. For more information on this program visit the Murdoch RISE website. Alternatively contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 687 3624. Non-school leaver requirements
The requirements for non-school leaver applicants are outlined in the Undergraduate Admission Requirements for Mature Age Applicants. Non-school leaver applicants with postsecondary/tertiary studies
If you've completed a TAFE Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma, you're eligible to be considered for admission. If you have completed a Certificate IV you will also need to meet Murdoch's English Language Competency Requirements. If your Diploma or Advanced Diploma studies have been completed within the past 10 years you may be eligible for advanced standing/award of credit for your Murdoch University degree. If you've successfully undertaken a minimum of two university units at undergraduate level or higher (equivalent to 0.25 of a full load), you're eligible to be considered for admission and may apply for advanced standing/award of credit. If you have any other postsecondary/tertiary studies, contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 687 3624 about your eligibility for admission to the University.
Competence in EnglishYou must achieve a scaled score of at least 50 in English ATAR or Literature ATAR, or English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EALD) ATAR or the former TEE subjects English or English Literature, or an acceptable level of achievement in TEE ESL (at the level determined for the year in which you were enrolled). If you undertook English between 2007 and 2015 you would require a scaled score of 50 in Stage 2 or 3 English. You can also use English, EALD or Literature sat on a private basis to meet the University's competency in English requirement. You can meet the competence in English requirement with results obtained in any year.
Personal statementA Personal Statement may enhance the likelihood of admission for mature aged applicants. If you're a non-school leaver applicant with poor academic performance in your post-secondary or tertiary studies, you should submit a Personal Statement to assist your application. The statement should be approximately one A4 page in length and outline the circumstances that led to the poor performance and why those circumstances will not negatively impact any subsequent studies undertaken at Murdoch University. If you are applying for Veterinary Science or the Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse and non-school leaver categories) you must submit a Personal Statement and evidence of relevant work experience. See the individual course information under Course Search.
Applicants with qualifications gained overseasIf you have overseas qualifications, contact the Meet Murdoch team on 1300 687 3624 to see if you're eligible for admission. You'll also be required to provide satisfactory evidence of your competence in English via an approved examination. If you have qualifications not yet translated into English, contact the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) via www.naati.com.au.
Alternative entryOnTrack is a 14 week, pre-university, equity-focussed program that enables students who don't qualify for entry through other pathways to gain entry into Murdoch University. OnTrack provides an opportunity for you to strengthen your academic skills and understanding of university life and study. Following successful completion of OnTrack, you'll be eligible to be offered a place in a wide range of undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University commencing the following semester. You apply for OnTrack through TISC. FlexiTrack is a free online university preparation course that qualifies you to apply directly for most undergraduate degree courses at Murdoch University that have an indicative ATAR of 70.00. FlexiTrack will give you the tuition you need to boost your academic skills and knowledge to an undergraduate level. You can study intensively over 10 weeks, full-time over 20 weeks, or part-time over 12 months. For more information, visit murdoch.edu.au/OnTrack/FlexiTrack/. Apply directly to Murdoch University for entry into FlexiTrack. OnTrack Sprint is a 4 week intensive program designed to prepare students who have just missed out on the required ATAR for admission to Murdoch University. It provides an alternative entry pathway for students who have completed their WACE Certificate within the previous 18 months, generated an ATAR between 60.00-69.95 and are Australian Citizens, permanent residents or humanitarian visa holders. Apply directly to Murdoch University for entry into OnTrack Sprint. Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre provides alternative entry pathways to Indigenous people who haven't had an opportunity to complete formal schooling or haven't studied for a number of years. The following courses are available:
- 14-week Indigenous bridging program (K-Track) - apply directly to Murdoch University;
- Professional education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Veterinary Studies (Waardong Program).
- English and Creative Writing (MUAEC),
- Games Art and Design (MUCME),
- Global Media and Communication (MUCOM),
- Graphic Design (MUCME),
- Journalism (MUCOM),
- Photography (MUCME),
- Screen Production (MUCME),
- Sound (MUCME),
- Strategic Communication (MUCME) and
- Theatre and Drama (MUATD).
Past and current students of Murdoch UniversityApply directly to Murdoch if you:
- Are a graduate of either Murdoch University or another university and wish to enter Honours (apart from the Bachelor of Engineering Hons - all applicants for this course apply through TISC); or
- Are a current Murdoch student wanting to transfer to another course or add a second major, and you aren't graduating after the current semester. Apply directly to Murdoch University via here; or
- Deferred your offer in 2017 and wish to take up your studies in that course or apply for another Murdoch course in 2018.
- Deferred your Murdoch course and now want to apply for a different course at another university.
- Have been enrolled at Murdoch University in the past, but have not been enrolled in second semester 2017.
ScholarshipsFinancial support for our students is available through a range of scholarships. Our Murdoch First Scholarship is open to school leavers and non-school leavers who have received an ATAR of 80.00 or more and selected a Murdoch University course as their first preference through TISC. To find out more about how you could kick-start your uni education with a Murdoch First Scholarship visit murdoch.edu.au/study/murdoch-first-scholarship/ or to chat with our friendly team on 1300 687 3624.
General InformationSelection of courses
When you list a Murdoch course as a preference, for most courses you're also indicating your major area of study. A major is a grouping of coherent units leading to an award, approved by Academic Council, the University's decision making body. At the time of application through TISC you usually only have the opportunity to select one major unless you apply for one of the combined degrees listed. However, information about adding majors is available on the website and in enrolment information supplied with your offer. If you want to enrol in a highly competitive course as a second major, you'll be able to apply at the end of the first semester. Some courses are available as combined degrees which may enable you to graduate with two undergraduate qualifications. Combined degrees are only available as a Bachelor of Education combined with Arts or Science, or Bachelor of Laws combined with Arts, Business, Criminology or Science, subject to availability. Combined degrees have their own course codes which you can find via the Course Search facility. You should therefore select your course preferences carefully. Remember: Double Majors are possible between most subject areas at Murdoch University (eg Biological Science and Marine Science, or Screen Production and Sound). If you do want to undertake a Double Major, you only need apply for the FIRST Major through TISC. The second can be added either when you first enrol at Murdoch, or during the course of your degree. Part-time study
Most undergraduate classes at Murdoch University are held during normal business hours. Part-time study at Murdoch University doesn't refer to attendance at evening classes. If you're a part-time student, you'll enrol in fewer units per semester than full-time students, but attend the same classes in the units in which the full-time students are enrolled. External study
If a Murdoch University course is listed with a method of study of 'E', it means that you can completed the course wholly off-campus (ie you're not required to attend classes on-campus), unless the course information entry for that course indicates an exception. External units use a combination of hard copy and online technology to communicate with you during your enrolment in external units. Where units are available externally, you can enrol in a mix of external and internal units to suit your lifestyle at any particular time. Credit/advanced standing
See Advanced standing/credit transfer.
Additional information to be provided by applicantsA Personal Statement and evidence of work experience are required for this course for non-school leaver applicants:
- Veterinary Science, non-school leaver (MUSVV)
- Bachelor of Nursing, non-school leaver (MUNUM and MPNUM)
- Bachelor of Nursing, enrolled nurses (MUNUE and MPNUE)
There are quotas on all courses of study. The most restricted, and therefore for which entry is expected to be most competitive are Nursing and Veterinary Science. Although certain courses can be added as a second major at initial enrolment, it isn't possible to enrol in some courses unless you've been offered a place in them. However, it will be possible to apply to transfer at the end of the first semester of study. Deferred admission
If you've been offered a place of study, you can apply to defer admission for up to two years. A place of study for that same course will only be guaranteed for up to two years from the initial deferral. Deferred students will also be contacted by the Student Centre closer to the time of your preferred intake, therefore it is important that you inform the Student Centre of any change of postal address leading up to that time. Courses available at the Mandurah campus
The following course is available at the Peel campus:
- Ontrack (Pre-university program)
The following course is available at the Rockingham campus:
- Ontrack (Pre-university program)
At the moment if you're an Australian Citizen or a New Zealand citizen or an Australian Permanent Resident and are offered a place at Murdoch University you'll be offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and if you're an Australian citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to access the deferred payment loan scheme (HECS-HELP). If you're currently a Permanent Resident and during your enrolment you become an Australian citizen you may then access HECS-HELP. This information could change as the Federal Budget 2017 is still subject to the passing of legislation. You should check studyassist.gov.au at intervals during 2017 for any amendments.
Further enquiriesThe Student Centre of the University welcomes any further enquiries on admission requirements, undergraduate degree courses or on the range of Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Coursework Masters degrees available. Enquiries on PhD and Masters degrees by research should be made to the HDR (Higher Degrees by Research) Services on (08) 9360 6927. Address for enquiries:
The Student Centre
MURDOCH WA 6150
Telephone: 1300 687 3624
Online queries: ask.murdoch.edu.au
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