Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

A guide to your course

Welcome! Here you'll find resources for current students of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) – your pathway to a veterinary career. The DVM will equip you with the clinical and professional skills and experience you need to succeed from day one of your career.

For personalised support or assistance, get in touch with Stop 1. Stop 1 can connect you with the full range of student services to support you while studying at the University.

Stop 1 services include Academic Skills, Course Planning, Student Equity and Disability Support, Special Consideration, Counselling and Psychological Services, the University Health Service, Careers and Employability, Study Overseas and more.

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Getting started

Congratulations on receiving your offer to study the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine! We know that you have lots of questions about your studies and we want to ensure that you have a smooth transition to university life here at the Melbourne Veterinary School (MVS).

Accepting your offer

Accept your offer via the Student Portal or the Application Portal.

Getting started

Become an official University of Melbourne student with Get Started at Melbourne: your step-by-step guide to accepting your offer and completing your uni admin.

Here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of administrative tasks, including getting your student card, accessing your student email, and accessing the LMS.

Get Started at Melbourne

Orientation

Semester 2 Orientation: 19–23 July 2021

Semester 2 2021: 26 July–24 October 2021

Check out other key semester dates on the University dates page.

You can find out what activities are available to help you get to know the University of Melbourne at our Orientation webpage.

More about Orientation

Important note: Some of our courses start on dates other than those above. Please check your letter of offer for your course’s start date.

Online learning in 2021

All DVM1 subjects taught in 2021 will be offered in dual-delivery mode. These include:

Semester 1

Semester 2


What is dual delivery?

Dual-delivery subjects are taught in two modes: blended delivery (online and on-campus) for students who can attend campus and wholly online delivery for students who cannot attend campus.

How will my studies be taught online?

The majority of learning activities will be delivered virtually and will include the following:

  • Lectures for all students will be presented as short, pre-recorded videos: these will be accessible at any time, allowing a degree of self-paced learning. Students will be guided on their engagement with these lectures by their weekly timetable.
  • Practicals will have an on-line and on-campus version. The online versions  will include, narrated videos and digitized images. Practical class discussions will be recorded and accessible at any time.
  • Collaborative learning sessions (for example, case studies) for all students will be conducted online in real time: MVS will endeavour to schedule session options that accommodate students in different time zones
  • Moderated discussion boards: all activities will be supplemented with resources that support online learning and give you the opportunity to pose questions to your teachers and receive timely responses, no matter where you are.
  • Online activities are designed to ensure the learning outcomes of the subject can be achieved
  • Assessment will be online for all students, except for safe animal handling assessments

How will I develop my animal handling and other clinical skills?

Some animal handling training will be delivered online eg assessment of animal behavior and principles of handling, and videos of dissections will allow students to learn anatomy. Overseas based students will need to complete specific hands-on animal handling and some clinical skills practicals on campus once they have arrived in Australia – ideally, during the mid-year break , prior to Semester 2.

Find tips and resources to improve your online learning experience.

Online learning resources

Subject selection and enrolment

Find out how to plan your course, enrol in subjects and set out your timetable by visiting the Manage Your Course page.

You can explore your subject options and get to know the course structure in the University of Melbourne Handbook – your official source of course and subject information.

DVM Handbook

Planning your course

Remember to regularly check in on the University’s Current Students page, where you can access a range of study resources and information.

Before you enrol in subjects you will need to start planning your course. This involves checking the course rules and structure in the Handbook and your faculty resources. If you need assistance, you can book an appointment with a Course Adviser.

Course planning tool

To make the most of your course, it’s important to understand your course structure, choose the right subjects and explore the options available to you. These tools do not replace the normal enrolment process. They are to be used as a guide only to plan out your subjects and specialisations. You will still need to add and enrol in subjects via your Study Plan.

Enrolling in subjects

Class timetable

MyTimetable is the tool you use to plan and build your class timetable. Class timetabling is a preference-based process where you rank your preferred class times, and MyTimetable's sorting process finds the best fit for everyone's individual timetable. Each step has a deadline, so be aware of the key dates.

MyTimetable

Learning Management System (LMS)

The Learning Management System (LMS) is the online home of everything related to your enrolled subjects. Once you've enrolled in subjects, you'll use the LMS to access readings, lecture recordings and assignment information, and to submit your assignments as well as check your grades.

View your LMS

What you'll need to know for the DVM

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

DVM graduates wishing to practice as veterinarians in the state of Victoria must be registered with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria. Information on applying for new graduate registration with the board can be found on the VetBoard Victoria website.

North American Veterinary Licensing Examination (NAVLE®) Guide for DVM4 students

The NAVLE is a requirement for licensure to practice veterinary medicine in all licensing jurisdictions in North America (US and Canada). The NAVLE is offered throughout North America and at certain overseas sites at computer testing centres during a four-week testing window in November and December, and also a two-week window in April.

Learn more about NAVLE

Q Fever Screening and Vaccination

If you are a student in the DVM (or a Bachelor of Science student undertaking the Veterinary Bioscience major), providing evidence of Q Fever inoculation is compulsory as part of your enrolment and participation in the course.

Learn more about Q Fever vaccinations

Accreditation

Learn more about which bodies the Melbourne Veterinary School is accredited by around the world.

Accreditation

Moving to Melbourne

Many of you will be moving to Melbourne for the first time next year and for some of you it may be the first time you are living away from home.

Find accommodation

Looking for a trusted and comfortable place to call home? University Accommodation offers graduate-only residences, including The Lofts at Melbourne Connect. Other options include shared apartments, studio rooms, dorms and colleges.

To apply and for more details, view accommodation options.

International students

Aim to submit your visa application at least 6 weeks prior to your course commencement date, which you can find on your offer letter. You are expected to be on campus in time for Melbourne Orientation. If you can’t commence your course on time (e.g. due to visa processing delays), you may be required to defer to a later intake.

Find a detailed guide to student visa processing.

The Welcome to Melbourne webinars are designed to support international students with their transition to Melbourne with the opportunity to ask questions.

Thousands of international students move to Melbourne every year and it can take some time to understand the city and the culture. Read the University's International Student Checklist to find everything you need to know about studying and living in Australia.

Your fellow DVM students from the Veterinary Students' Society of Victoria (VSSV) have prepared some information for you that is specific to the DVM. You can read their tips and hints on the DVM International Student Guide.

Transport

Find out about transport options in and around Melbourne.

Campus information

Want to get to know your campus better? Check out some maps and key campus services at Campus information page.

Fees

Your fees will vary depending on what type of student you are (e.g. domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate) and the course you are studying. Learn more about what fees you're required to pay and how they're calculated here:

Understanding your fees

Domestic students

If you are intending to use FEE-HELP to pay your tuition fees, please lodge your FEE-HELP application immediately after you enrol in subjects. Some subjects have early census dates. Applications for FEE-HELP must be lodged by the subject census date if you wish to defer payment to a FEE-HELP loan. If the census date has passed you must pay the fee for the subject upfront to the University.

More information about FEE-HELP

International students

When you accept your offer to study, you must pay a minimum tuition fee deposit of $10,000 (AUD). This fee deposit will be deducted from your remaining tuition fees. The deposit can be paid with your Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) as outlined in your offer letter.

Fees for international students

Academic progress

Keeping track of your academic progress is important during your time as a student. At the end of each semester you should be aware of your results in each subject and know what to do if you have any problems.

Course progression

Your academic progress is reviewed at the end of each year. Refer to the detailed course progression rules in the DVM Handbook entry to find out more about these requirements and what is expected of you.

An overview of what happens if you do not meet academic requirements can be found on the University’s Academic Progress webpage.

Changing your study load

If you withdraw from a subject, make sure it is not required as a pre-requisite for subjects you intend to study in the future or that it is not required as a co-requisite for subjects you are currently studying.

For students in the DVM, reducing your study load is not permitted. If you need to withdraw from a subject, we recommend seeking advice from a course adviser.

Find information on withdrawing from a subject.

Leave of absence

Sometimes life is unpredictable. If circumstances arise that mean you need to take a break from study, you will need to apply for a leave of absence. For DVM students, we strongly recommend speaking with a course adviser prior to applying for a leave of absence.

Withdrawal

Course withdrawal means you have permanently withdrawn from your course prior to completion with no plans for readmission. Find out more about course withdrawal.

Before you apply to withdraw from your course, it is recommended that you seek course advice to ensure that course withdrawal is right for you. If you withdraw from your course but decide in the future to resume your studies in the same course, you will need to reapply.

For more information, see: Course withdrawal and re-admission.

Help

For information about changing from full-time to part-time study: Stop 1 FAQs

International students, read more here: Reduced study load information and application form.

Further information

Assessment information and policies

Find information about assessment, including extensions, academic integrity, and more.

Learn more

FVAS Exam Procedure

Important information on the procedures for exams, including e-Exams, as it relates specifically to subjects within the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

FVAS Exam Procedure

Social Media and Photography Guidelines

Information and guidelines regarding photography, video/audio recordings and social media within the faculty.

Read the guidelines

Student code of conduct

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences students must abide by the following standards of behaviour. This Code is to be used alongside and in addition to the following University of Melbourne documents:

Code of conduct

Writing style guide

A guide to help you achieve consistency and accuracy in your writing, formatting and referencing of essays and reports.

Writing style guide