On track with the NEW Generation DVM -  our internationally-recognised, professional veterinary science qualification. 

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Course Description

The Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is Australia’s first graduate-entry, professional veterinary science qualification. The DVM is based on the latest global thinking in veterinary science practice, teaching and learning.

As a NEW Generation Melbourne DVM student, you will take part in our unique Tracks program. Tracks prepare you best for your chosen career path by concentrating your studies on a particular area of clinical interest and gaining complementary industry-ready skills and knowledge. This represents the latest international education models and enables you to stand out from the crowd upon graduation.  

The first intake for this exciting new program was in 2016 and the first class will graduate in 2019.

Dr Liz Tudor teaching clinical skills.
Dr Liz Tudor teaching in our new clinical skills facility

Our DVM curriculum has been developed around five learning domains, which infuse every subject and are based around the attributes of a veterinary scientist:

  • The scientific basis of clinical practice
  • Ethics and animal welfare
  • Biosecurity and population health
  • Clinical skills
  • Personal and professional development

Brand new, student-oriented learning and clinical facilities

The University of Melbourne is undertaking a $63 million upgrade to veterinary clinical and teaching facilities at the Werribee veterinary campus. This is in addition to a new $100 million Western Edge Biosciences teaching building to be used by veterinary medicine and other biosciences students at the Parkville campus.

Both new facilities will be complete and ready for use by students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine by Semester 1, 2019. 

New facilities in Werribee.
The Werribee upgrade includes a new reception (front), refreshed grounds and a new, five-storey building with specialist study and teaching spaces for DVM students.

New teaching facilities at Werribee will include a purpose-build clinical skills lab, a teaching surgery with 12 operating tables, a dissection lab with accommodation for 90 students, new consultation rooms and a collaborative learning space. The ground floor of the Werribee teaching building will include a dedicated veterinary science library, café, self-service kitchen and informal spaces for individual study and socialisation. 

Facilities at Parkville will include a new dissection room for anatomy classes, student collaboration and socialisation spaces and an open aspect to the historic and tranquil Systems Garden.

The new facilities will also mean all veterinary teaching apart from lectures will occur in the same building at both campuses, helping students to maintain a sense of community.

More information on the project is available here.

A culture of innovation and tradition

The NEW GEN DVM program recognises the pivotal role of animals in society, and prepares students to become leaders in management, welfare and care of animals in diverse settings. The program embraces a strong foundation in veterinary science, as well as the latest clinical technologies and evidenced-based practices, and draws on the wealth of experience from our academics. Our new Tracks program will ensure you develop a high-quality core veterinary skill-set while at the same time giving you the opportunity to follow your particular area of interest from third-year, allowing you to differentiate yourself upon graduation.

Throughout your degree you will have access to practical and clinical training in our world-class University Veterinary Hospital and via external placements. The Veterinary Hospital includes a general practice, referral practice, equine centre and a 24-hour small animal emergency and critical care service, which sees more than 20,000 patients every year. Its facilities include state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging capabilities and on-site diagnostic pathology laboratories as well as our new clinical skills centre.

Ben Porter - Veterinary Science Graduate

Graduate Outcomes

  • Graduates of the Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) are internationally accredited to work overseas.
  • You will be equipped to solve problems, draw on the substantial body of veterinary knowledge, interpret evidence, and  make decisions within a solid professional and ethical framework. 
  • Gain the right mix of theoretical and practical skills as well as career-focused clinical training.
  • Experience strong bonds with teaching staff and fellow students. The strength of our community leads to excellent networking, placement and employment opportunities, which can really take you places, from the rich farming lands of Tasmania, to the bustle of Hong Kong, or the savannahs of South Africa.
  • Benefit from our Faculties strong national and international links with the veterinary profession, agricultural and animal health industries, and research agencies.

Go further with a concurrent diploma

Some DVM students may be eligible for our DVM Diploma program, which further prepares future vets for life in the workforce. This program allows you to complete one extra unit per year, in complementary areas such as agribusiness or business management. A number of subjects are taught by the renowned Melbourne Business School. The end result is a specialised diploma, alongside your DVM, as the ultimate preparation for your chosen career:

Join our pre-vet club 

Join our Pre-Vet Club, for students who are currently studying a Bachelor of Science or science-based degree at any tertiary institution. You will have the opportunity to meet our staff, attend lectures and webinars and network with like-minded veterinary enthusiasts from all over the world.

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