Studying veterinary, agricultural or food science at the University of Melbourne gives you the skills and knowledge to apply science to significant real-world issues.
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The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has a strong international reputation for achievements in research and for its links with industry and stakeholders.
Our academics are experts in the veterinary sciences, agricultural, horticultural and viticultural production systems, agribusiness processes, plant molecular biology and biotechnology, animals and production, soil and plant nutrition, food science and biotechnology and efficient use of water for irrigation and in dairies.
Research within the Faculty has contributed to increased agricultural productivity; vaccines and diagnostic products that have been commercialised throughout the world; enhanced animal health and welfare; improvements in public health; and contributions to basic understanding of plant and animal biology.
Many projects are internationally focused with collaborators in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific, Africa, Europe, South America and North America and the Faculty has strong relationships with producers and service providers in the veterinary, agricultural, food, health and related industries.
The Faculty is an active partner in a number of ARC Linkage projects, commercialisation activities, and research supporting development of new products and services to the animal related industries.
Our specialist research facilities are available across three campuses: Dookie, Parkville and Werribee.
- Thursday 5:45pmAnimal Welfare Science and ValuesRoyal Parade, Parkville
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Building142
Lower Theatre (FVAS-B01)Event
- Wednesday 5:30pmLove Hurts: Issues surrounding human attachment to companion animalsRoyal Parade, Parkville
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Building142
Lower Theatre (FVAS-B01)Event
- Sunday10:00amCourse Information Day at Dookie940 Dookie-Nalinga Road
940 Dookie-Nalinga Road
Dookie Campus - The University of MelbourneEvent
- Thursday 6:00pmWildlife Health in the 21st Century
Biosciences 2 (Building 122)
- Saturday 2:00pmKuala Lumpur Information Day2 Jalan Stesen Sentral, Kuala Lumpur Sentral 50470
Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur
Level 6 (Parry)Event
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Welcome from the Dean
Studying veterinary science or agricultural science at the University of Melbourne gives you the skills and knowledge to apply science to significant real-world issues —whether improving animal health and well-being or addressing climate change and food sustainability, both nationally and internationally.
We’re excited to announce that the University of Melbourne is strengthening its cross-disciplinary teaching and research capabilities by aligning agriculture and food systems with veterinary sciences within a new combined Faculty.
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences means improved cohesion across our courses and a strengthening of our research capabilities. The new Faculty also encourages collaboration between our enthusiastic, passionate and like-minded academics across two complimentary disciplines. Our students experience cross-disciplinary teaching by specialised veterinary, animal production, crop and food science experts addressing complex environmental, economic and social issues.
When you study veterinary or agricultural science at the University of Melbourne, you do so not only at Australia’s highest ranked university but also within a Faculty that ranks with the best in the world.
Our courses are delivered from three campuses: Parkville (our main campus on the City fringe), Werribee (the site of our world-class Veterinary Hospital) and Dookie – a state-of-the-art broad-acre farm renowned for its teaching, research and technology development. Exciting new opportunities are being explored at the Dookie Campus across its teaching and research programs, helped by a $5 million investment by the University, government, industry and the community.
The University continues to expand the number of places in the Bachelor of Agriculture course, to meet growing industry and student demand.
Building on the success of the Pre-Vet Club, we are also excited to launch our Pre-Ag Club. This Club is for students in Years 9 to 12 and provides the opportunity for students to engage with the University and understand more about agricultural science and the wide-range of careers available, thanks to the agricultural boom in Australia.
I encourage you to explore our website and review the range of exciting and diverse courses on offer. There has never been a better time to join the Faculty.
Professor Ken Hinchcliff
You are a vital part of our future.
Our talented Alumni
Graduates of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences instantly become part of a talented global network of alumni. Our alumni are making a valuable contribution to the health of society and the environment for humans and animals alike.
Access networking opportunities, social events, professional development and more, as a member of our alumni community. There are many ways to stay connected too.
Our generous friends and supporters
It is through your gifts and donations that we are able to promote equal opportunity via scholarships, attract the best staff, and provide a cutting-edge learning, treatment and research environment. Your help is both vital and appreciated.
Welcome to one of Australia’s leading veterinary hospitals
The University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital is based in Werribee, Victoria.
Our expert and caring team treat over 17,000 animals per year, via the following services:
- General practice (for primary and preventative care)
- Referral practice (for veterinarians)
- Emergency and critical care services – open 24 hours, 365 days per year
- Equine Centre
Emergency and critical care
Dedicated and highly qualified staff
We are a large veterinary practice operating within world-class facilities. Our team of caring and highly-qualified veterinary staff are supported by dedicated veterinary nurses, specialist technicians and administrative staff. We employ over 40 registered veterinarians from interns to senior veterinary registrars.
Total animal care
As well as our general practice, we provide specialist veterinary services in surgery, anaesthesia, radiology, neurology and clinical pathology.
Emergency department, open all hours
Our emergency and critical care department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is supported by modern diagnostic capabilities and on-site pathology laboratories, which enable us to promptly diagnose and manage complex, involved and unusual cases.
Teaching the veterinarians of tomorrow
Importantly, we are also a teaching hospital and research facility. We are committed to educating the veterinarians of today and tomorrow. Students may be allowed to undertake simple procedures, such as administering medication, but most cases require advanced veterinary care that is only provided by experienced veterinarians. We thank you for allowing us to involve veterinary students in the care of your pet.