400 point program
4 years full-time / part-time unavailable
University of Melbourne Bachelor of Science students wishing to progress into the DVM (accelerated pathway)
These students complete the Animal Health and Disease major (Veterinary Bioscience specialisation) in third year.
Entry to this specialisation is based on academic performance in science subjects in the first and second years of the Bachelor of Science. A personal statement is also part of the admissions process. Students are selected at the end of their second year in the BSc.
Following satisfactory completion of all subjects in the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation these students progress into the DVM with one year of credit (first year units).
Duration: Bachelor of Science (three years) plus the DVM with one year of credit (three years) = six years. (Students not selected into the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation may apply for graduate entry into the DVM following completion of their BSc).
International students who are school leavers with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 95.00 or higher (or International Baccalaureate score of 36; GCE A Levels score of AAB (13); Trinity Foundation Studies score of 87) will be guaranteed an international fee place in the DVM if they have completed the prerequisite studies for the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation of the Animal Health and Disease major of the Bachelor of Science and achieve an average across science subjects at both Level 1 and Level 2 of at least 70%.
Entry Requirements for applicants who are completing, or have completed, tertiary studies overseas
The DVM is a graduate course. To be eligible for selection, applicants to the DVM must have completed an undergraduate science or agriculture degree including at least one semester in biology (cellular/general) and in biochemistry.
International applicants who are eligible for selection will be made an offer into the DVM where they have obtained results across science/agriculture subjects at any one of the following thresholds:
- a 3.2 GPA or higher (4 point scale)
- a 4.0 GPA or higher (5 point scale)
- a 5.6 GPA or higher (7 point scale)
- an average of 75% or higher (where marks on a university transcript are returned as % marks)
- first class honours (Applicants from the United Kingdom)
Applications are also welcome from international applicants with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.2 (4 point scale) or equivalent. Selection of these applicants into the DVM will be on a competitive basis with applicants ranked based on academic merit and an assessment of a submitted personal statement (i.e. an applicant’s description of their interest in veterinary science and related experiences with animals).
This entitlement (guarantee) applies to all future applicants.
All applicants must also satisfy the following english language requirements:
|IELTS* (academic English Only)||7.0 (written 7.0 with no band less than 6.0)|
|TOEFL (paper-based test)*||600 + TWE 5.0|
|TOEFL (internet-based test)*||94 + Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13|
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||65 & written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50|
|Cambridge English: Advanced/Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)||67 + no less than Good in Writing and Borderline in each other skill.|
*Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.
DVM Admissions Policy
The Admissions policy of the Faculty for selecting students into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine includes the following goals:
- The development and implementation of selection procedures that identify students who are likely to succeed in the profession, and
- Ensuring selection policies and procedures provide equity of access and opportunity for all students irrespective of previous educational opportunities and life situation and consistent with capacity to complete a program in veterinary science.
The Resolution on Selection for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a resolution of the Academic Board that specifies the minimum entry requirements for the course and defines selection instruments to be used by the Selection Committee to determine which of the applicants eligible for selection will be selected. This resolution is described on the Academic Board website.
In addition to the Resolution on Selection, the Faculty has also approved Selection Guidelines that outline the specific criteria used in selection deliberations.
These Selection Guidelines represent the standard pathways into the DVM. Applicants with non-standard backgrounds would have these considered by the Selection Committee on a case-by-case basis.
Core Participation Requirements
The core participation requirements relate to student disability for entry to and progression within the DVM.
All students of the DVM must possess the intellectual, ethical, physical and emotional capabilities required to participate in the full curriculum and to achieve the levels of competence at graduation required by the faculty and the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria.
A full description of the core participation requirements is provided in the University handbook.
More information about core participation requirements.
Appealing a Selection Decision
Applicants who have queries regarding selection decisions regarding the DVM should contact us in the first instance. Faculty selection staff can provide feedback to applicants regarding the selection process and their applications.
If, after consulting a faculty selection officer, an applicant still has concerns regarding a selection decision they may submit a formal appeal. The process is outlined on the Future Students website.
Deferral and Leave of Absence
A deferral is the deferred commencement of a course. Potentially it applies when a student who has accepted a course offer is not enrolled (or does not remain enrolled) in any subject in the specified course beyond the earliest subject census date (i.e. typically 31 May for the DVM) of the specified intake year.
Deferral is not usually permitted in the DVM. Students who are unable to commence the course following acceptance/enrolment at the start of the year are usually required to withdraw. Students are welcome to re-apply for the course for a future intake year at a time when they are able to commence study. Future applications would be subject to future admissions/selection processes.
The exception is a special arrangement for Guaranteed Entry pathway students completing the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) specialisation. These students who wish to undertake an Honours year at the University of Melbourne following completion of their BSc are permitted to defer commencement of the DVM for one year. These students are expected to commence the DVM at Year Two following completion of their Honours year.
All applications for deferral in the DVM are determined by the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. Deferral requests are not granted automatically.
Leave of Absence
Leave of absence in the DVM will only be considered under exceptional circumstances. The DVM curriculum is an integrated program and for the best possible learning outcomes students will have continuity of learning across four consecutive years of full-time study. The approved course structure of year-long subjects with complementary practical and theoretical components is not conducive to students having extended study breaks.
All applications for leave of absence in the DVM are determined by the Program Director and/or Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching). Leave of absence requests are not granted automatically.