Demonstrate your breadth and depth of knowledge

  • Complete important research training, based on the conduct of experiments, or analysis of clinical cases, under appropriate supervision
  • Undertake advanced professional training, through participation in the clinical investigation and management of clinical cases, under supervision of senior staff

Course Description

This course is a research degree that can be undertaken in any of the Faculty’s veterinary science clinical research programs. The course is offered concurrently with the Master of Veterinary Studies as part of the Residency Training Program.

The Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical) is comprised of two subjects conducted concurrently: a masters research thesis and a clinical practicum for training in clinical disciplines, including clinical research.

Research thesis

Undertake research culminating in the production of a thesis of no more than 30,000 words to be submitted for examination by two external examiners. The format of the thesis, including a statement on authorship, must follow prescriptions laid down by the University and found in the Masters by Research Generic Guidelines.


  • Participate in clinical rounds, tutorials, seminars, and other similar activities, related to your research project
  • Choose from areas such as small animal medicine and surgery, anaesthesia, equine medicine and surgery, diagnostic imaging, dairy medicine, and pathology

The practicum component will be assessed by a three-hour written examination at the end of the candidacy and will contribute 25% to the final assessment for the degree. Regular progress reporting requirements apply, such as a probationary period, formal review report and seminar, and completion seminar.


  • Achieve a breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in a particular field or set of related fields in veterinary science
  • Apply scientific methods to the definition and solution of problems by research
  • Acquire advanced technical skills relevant to the field of research
  • Acquire skills in the searching and manipulation of scientific literature and other relevant databases
  • Be effective in written and verbal scientific communication to both professional colleagues and the wider community
  • Approach scientific research in a critical, perceptive and constructive way
  • Develop an understanding of the financing and management of scientific research
  • Develop the interpersonal skills to work as part of a team
  • Observe the appropriate research codes of practice and develop a professional approach to all areas of responsibility

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