Western Australia is known for its brilliant blue skies, warm
sunny climate and white sandy beaches. It is a land blessed with some of the
world’s most precious natural phenomena including the dolphins of Monkey Mia,
the 350-million-year-old Bungle Bungle range and the towering karri forests of
the South West. Sophisticated yet uncomplicated, the lifestyle for the residents
of Perth is relaxed and focuses on the outdoors. There are wineries, beaches,
bushland, and unique wildlife within easy reach of the city, and a cosmopolitan
mix of cafes, restaurants, pubs and thriving nightlife in the city centre.
Veterinary students from
Murdoch graduate with a double degree (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Veterinary
Medicine and Surgery) after one year of general science and 5 years of veterinary
specific units. The course is designed to impart the knowledge and skills
necessary for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and production
problems in pets, farm animals, wildlife and laboratory animals. Veterinary
students learn in a true practice atmosphere with the final year of study
lecture-free and devoted entirely to clinical exposure, including time spent at
Perth Zoo. Murdoch students have access to state-of-the art facilities, all on
the one campus, including a 24-hour emergency clinic, large and small animal
practices, a well-stocked farm and an equine hospital as well as production
animal and equine ambulatory services. The thriving practices have very busy
caseloads, serviced by many specialist clinicians, so that students can gain
The curriculum keeps Murdoch at the forefront of veterinary
education worldwide. This curriculum allows more time for students to develop
areas of special interest through non-core rotations, special topics,
externships and extramural experience. A Veterinary Professional Life stream is
integrated throughout the course to assist students in their transition to
future careers in veterinary science and provides a strong focus for
developing professional life skills within the veterinary profession. An
Animal Systems stream will allow strengthening and integration of animal
production, animal ethics, animal welfare, animal behaviour, biosecurity and
veterinary public health throughout the veterinary program.
The veterinary science degree is accredited by the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
(UK), and the Australian Veterinary Boards Council. Completing your Veterinary
Science degree Murdoch saves you years of study, and potentially thousands of
dollars; this is because with the correct preparation, the 5 years of
veterinary specific tuition can be entered into after only one year of tertiary
study in general biological science. Once you have finished your degree at
Murdoch, you are eligible to sit your exams with the AVMA just as you would if
you completed your studies in North America.
specific information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation),
please refer to the contact information listed above.
require a student visa, which is easily obtained following an offer of
admission into the veterinary course. Applicants whose first language is not
English must demonstrate competency in the English language.
SUMMARY OF ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES
There are four application deadlines each year, which are: March
31, June 30, September 30 and November 30.
Some candidates may be eligible to begin in early August.
VMCAS application deadline:
not applicable. Students are to apply
direct via Murdoch. Application form can be found at
Deposit to hold a position:
$1,000 AUD payable upon acceptance of
Students that have completed one or more
years of tertiary study are eligible to apply for entry into the five year
Veterinary course. Your first year of tertiary study must include units in
Chemistry, Cell Function/Biology, introductory Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics.
Applications are also
accepted from school leavers, with high achievers offered a place in the first
general science year at Murdoch with a guaranteed progression into the
veterinary specific course, provided they pass all that first year.
Other applicants will be
formally selected from those who have successfully completed one year or more
of formal tertiary study, including the prerequisite units listed above.
Applicants are required to supply with the application form a typed Personal
Statement of up to 500 words to which should be attached documents such as
curriculum vitae and references, and which should out-line:
Why you wish to become a
How you consider your past study and
experience to date will assist you to succeed in the veterinary course and as a
If you have any fails/late withdrawals in
your post-secondary/tertiary study, you should explain the circumstances for
your poor performance and why those circumstances will not apply to your
Murdoch studies. You should aim to demonstrate your motivation and preparation
for veterinary science.
Assessment of the application will be based
on the academic standard achieved in all previous tertiary study, the personal
statement, and evidence of recent veterinary and animal related experience.
Depending on whether an applicant has satisfied the prerequisites, an offer
will be made directly into the veterinary specific part of the course. If not,
an offer will be made into the general first year with an assured progression
into the veterinary course after successful completion of that year.
considered on merit
Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required?
Is this an International School?
Estimated Tuition Resident:
Estimated Tuition Contract:
Estimated Tuition Non-Resident:
A$40,600 to $57,000 pa
Accepts International Students?
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