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.
Pursue your passion in agriculture, veterinary and food sciences at Australia’s number one university.
Gain knowledge across a broad range of disciplines.
- Graduate Research Opportunities
Work alongside our academic experts and pursue your interests with a Graduate Research Degree.
- Continuing Professional Development
Access life-long learning and professional development opportunities.
The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences has a range of scholarships and bursaries to assist with study and living expenses.
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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.
For more information on Honours, Masters or PhD-level research degrees with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, visit the Courses page.
Considering a post-graduate research degree? - View some of our current projects and contact us for more information.
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.
- FVAS Postgraduate Research Symposium
- Thursday 5:45pmAnimal Welfare Science and Values
- Friday 2:00pmSmart technologies for Soil Science: Sustaining Food Production and our Environment
- The challenge of predicting metal transfer through the soil-plant-animal continuum
The 24th G.W. Leeper Memorial Lecture.
- Interview with Abdul Jabbar - Odile Bain Memorial Prize winner 2015
Bio Med Central talks to Odile Bain Prize winner Dr Abdul Jabbar, veterinary parasitologist at the University of Melbourne, about his career and his views on parasitological research in Australia.
- Q Fever Outbreak - Landline - ABC
A Q Fever outbreak Western Victoria warns us that as Australian agriculture intensifies, the danger of zoonotic disease outbreaks can increase.
- The next generation of veterinary research
Even though Dr Peter C. Doherty is the only veterinarian to ever receive the Nobel Prizesharing it with Swiss immunologist and pathologist Rolf Zinkernagel, MD, in 1996 in the category of physiolog...
- New tool to help owners manage equine obesity
A study conducted by the University of Melbourne has helped British horse feed manufacturer Spillers to develop a new online tool to make it easier for owners to manage and monitor their horses bod...
- Cattle management needs to keep pace with growing herds
Increasing herd size does not necessarily imply stretched farms keeping unhappy cows but it does bring risk factors, according to a PhD study on Australian units.
- Snake danger on the rise
With summer on the way, pet owners are being warned not to let their dogs or cats become one of the estimated thousands of snakebite statistics recorded in Australia each year.
- The University celebrates Eureka Prize winners | MUSSE
Professor Snow Barlow, of FVAS is a finalist for the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science for his policy and research leadership in the field of climate change.
- 3 Minute Thesis Grand Final winners announced
Ms Vandegeer researches the ways in which plant viruses influence the biochemistry and health of food crops, which may contribute to improving future yields and quality.
- Fresh approach to popular pork cuts
Pork CRC has awarded Debbie Zhengyan Xu and Jenny Tran Honours scholarships each worth $10,000 as part of Pork CRC Project 3B-112 Nutritional composition of pork. Their supervisor is Dr Ken Ng at t...
- Climate's right for change - Country News - mmg.com.au
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences academics, Professor Snow Barlow and Dr Rebecca Darbyshire spoke at a Climate Change conference in Shepparton recently. They discussed their research...
- Scientific studies of animal intelligence and emotion reveal surprising traits
Professor Paul Hemsworth, the director of Melbourne Universitys Animal Welfare Science Centre which conducts extensive research into the welfare of animals in primary industries, has no doubt that ...
- ANIMALS have been front and centre of Wendy Parish's life since she was a child.
On study breaks shes home on the farm helping tend to the calves and feeding the cows.
- Herds swing to synchronisation as farm figures add up
Early unpublished research by FVAS PHD candidate David Beggs indicates that around 36 per cent of farmers use some form of synchrony.
- Young scientists prepare food project for United Nations
University of Melbourne Agriculture Alumus Ed Perrett is one of the delegates attending the conference.
- Fact check: Is the proposed Shenhua Watermark coal mine located in the middle of Australia's best agricultural land?
Professor Snow Barlow spoke to the ABCs Fact Check about the high quality agricultural land in the Liverpool Plains.
- Wildlife Health in the 21st Century: lecture recording available
Audio and slides from this lecture are now available.
- Saturday10:00amWerribee Open Day 2016
- Is it even possible to make Vegemite alcohol?
But is it possible to make alcohol from Vegemite - or is that just a rumour being spread around? FVAS nutritional food scientist Dr. Anneline Padayachee gave SBS the facts on the yeast used in the ...
- 'Leaky' Vaccines May Fuel Evolution of Deadlier Viruses
The new findings are fascinating, but they have only been demonstrated with one particular disease in animals, said Joanne Devlin, a veterinary virologist at the University of Melbourne in Australi...
- Recruitment: Research identifies agribusiness as the ‘new place to be’ - Beef Central
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.