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University of Sydney updates Veterinary Science program

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Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The Faculty of Veterinary Science at University of Sydney has introduced a new combined degree program, the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetBiol/DVM). This exciting, innovative course produces graduates with the knowledge as well as the practical, personal, professional and generic skills to enable them to pursue many career options as veterinary scientists participating in the care and welfare of animals.  Syd Vet Sci

The BVetBiol/DVM is six years’ duration and graduates are immediately eligible for registration with Veterinary Surgeons’ Boards in each state. 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 in first, second and third year are given a sound grounding in the basic biomedical sciences relevant to veterinary science. Examples of clinical cases and actual problems in veterinary practice are used to promote integrated learning in many subject areas.

In the fourth, fifth and sixth years, emphasis shifts to applying this knowledge in clinical settings. Sydney University’s BVetBiol/DVM program incorporates a lecture-free year in which students are assigned as ‘interns’ in university and commercial partner practices.

Practical Work Requirements

Students are required to use University vacations to gain additional practical experience in animal husbandry. Some work is arranged by the student and some by the faculty, but the onus is on each student to acquire adequate skills in animal handling.

Successful completion of the program ensures students have a wide knowledge of the principles associated with every aspect of health and disease in animals both domestic and native. Students will have become proficient in many of the techniques necessary to apply these principles in any of the career avenues available to veterinary graduates.

Clinical Experience

The Faculty of Veterinary Science maintains teaching hospitals at Sydney and Camden, where students and veterinarians work together in a clinical teaching and learning environment. Referral and primary accession cases are seen at both sites, and the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Camden also provides veterinary services to farms in the region. A wide range of companion animals, farm animals, racing animals, exotic and native species are seen.

Visiting specialists complement Faculty specialists in most disciplines in providing an excellent learning environment for veterinary students. Knowledge of medicine, surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, clinical pathology and production animal issues are developed with small group teaching.

For more information on this program of Australian Veterinary Science programs in Australia, contact KOM Consultants.