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Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

University of Sydney

CRICOS provider number: 00026A TEQSA provider ID: PRV12057

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In the first two years of this double degree you will study the fundamental biomedical and animal sciences that underpin veterinary science. Examples of real problems and clinical cases in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning across subject areas. In the final four years the emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. You should be aware that some aspects of training involve exposure to hazards similar to those encountered in practice.

Areas of study

Animal behaviour and welfare science, animal diseases and pathobiology, animal husbandry, cell biology, clinical and professional practice, pharmacology, veterinary anatomy and physiology, veterinary conservation biology, veterinary medicine, veterinary public health, veterinary surgery.

Career opportunities

Veterinarian in private or public practice, biosecurity researcher, equine veterinarian, livestock veterinarian, public health policymaker, small animal veterinarian, veterinary cardiologist, veterinary geneticist.

Professional recognition

Graduates of accredited programs are immediately eligible for registration with the relevant Veterinary Practitioners Board in each state and territory in Australia. Recognised internationally by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK).

Practical experience

Students enrolled in any course requiring exposure to animals and wildlife, farm visits, animal handling enterprises, or the handling of animal specimens must be protected against Q Fever infection and Tetanus. Vaccination must be undertaken prior to the commencement of semester one.

Commencing in year three, you will undertake practical, preclinical (animal husbandry) and preparatory clinical (veterinary practice) placements, as well as a placement at an abattoir. The final year of the combined degree is a lecture-free year in which you will be assigned as an intern in university veterinary hospitals and commercial partner practices. You are required to complete a minimum of 42 weeks of clinical rotations. You will be responsible for additional costs, including Q fever vaccinations, policy checks, and travel to and from placements and accommodation.

Fees and charges

The Australian Government subsidises the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Current University of Sydney fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Statement: You must upload a Commitment Statement form to your UAC application by 6 December 2024. Download the Commitment Statement form.

Situational Judgement Test: Students must complete a situational judgement test as part of their application into the degree. More information can be found on the course page.  

Note: Special requirements and policies apply.

Inherent requirements: To successfully complete this course, a student must be able to carry out a list of inherent requirements outlined on the University of Sydney website.


For 2024: Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E3) or Mathematics Extension 2 (Band E3). From 2025: None.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Advanced, Chemistry and Biology.

Recommended studies: Physics.

Guaranteed selection rank: This course does not have a guaranteed ATAR. For most applicants, the expected ATAR required will be 98.00 or higher.

Other applicants

Refer to the University of Sydney general admission criteria.

Student profile

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Further information

View all details of this course on the University of Sydney website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

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 2024 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.


– = 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

Student profile

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Open Learning Environment (OLE)
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