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Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

La Trobe University

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About

Year 1 is at Albury-Wodonga campus; years 2 and 3 are at Melbourne.

This degree offers you a strong scientific foundation to work with both domesticated and captive wild animals.

Your studies will go beyond animal health to include ecology, genetics, biotechnology and animal physiology. You'll complete hands-on studies in animal and agricultural science, microbiology, zoology and metabolic biochemistry. This knowledge can provide pathways to postgraduate study in veterinary science.

You'll have access to our wildlife sanctuary, made up of 30 hectares of bushland and home to protected fauna. This sanctuary offers workshops on topics like wetlands ecology and the propagation of Indigenous plants.

Throughout the course, you'll study the science foundations in biology and chemistry, tackle animal-related subjects and deepen your knowledge of animal health through working on real-life case studies. Between semesters, you may undertake paid work experience with any of our industry partners, which include government agencies and start-up ventures.

Areas of study

Animal and plant biology, animal biotechnology, animal breeding, animal health, animal science, animal welfare, biochemistry, biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, nutrition and feed production, plant and animal production, veterinary science, zoology.

Career opportunities

Depending on the electives you choose, conservation scientist, microbiologist, animal health officer, animal biosecurity officer. With further study, you could also go on to a career as a veterinarian.

Professional recognition

Graduates may apply for membership with Ag Institute Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Contact Ag Institute Australia for details.

Practical experience

During this course, you will participate in one or more supervised Work Based Learning (WBL) placements designed to allow you to practise newly acquired skills, behaviours and knowledge while integrating theory with practice. The placements will immerse you in professional work culture, enabling you to develop and further enhance your skills. Refer to the La Trobe course website for more information.

Fees and charges

Refer to La Trobe University current fee information.

Prerequisites

One of English Standard, English Advanced (Band 2), English as an Additional Language or Dialect (Band 3).

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Subject adjustments: Applicants who successfully complete one of the following HSC or equivalent Year 12 subjects will have their selection rank increased by one point per study: Performance Band 3 in Mathematics General 2, Mathematics Advanced, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics, Investigating Science; any language other than English (Band 2). Overall, selection ranks can be increased by a maximum of five points.

All applicants

Subject proficiency: Demonstrated proficiency equivalent to stated Year 12 prerequisites.

Academic record: This course uses the entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Personal statement: Applicants can complete and submit a UAC personal statement if they wish other information to be considered during the selection process. This may include information such as work or community experience or reasons for applying. Applicants may wish to provide other documentation in support of their application.

Refer to detailed information about admission criteria on the La Trobe University website.

Also refer to La Trobe University general admission criteria.

Location and equity adjustments apply.

Further information

View all details of this course on the La Trobe University website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

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