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Murdoch University

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Murdoch University
South Street
Murdoch 6150
Western Australia
Tel: (61-8) 9360 6000
Fax: (61-8) 9360 6491


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 extensive experience.

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.


For specific information (availability, deadlines, fees, and VMCAS participation), please refer to the contact information listed above.

All non-residents 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.



There are four application deadlines each year, which are: March 31, June 30, September 30 and November 30.

School begins: mid-February

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 -students/International-students/Applying-to-Murdoch /Application-forms/

Deposit to hold a position: $1,000 AUD payable upon ac­ceptance of offer


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 Veterinarian;

How you consider your past study and experience to date will assist you to succeed in the veterinary course and as a Veterinarian.

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.

Deferments: considered on merit

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? No

Is this an International School? Yes


Estimated Tuition Resident: N/A

Estimated Tuition Contract: 0

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident: A$40,600 to $57,000 pa


Resident: 0

Contract: 0

Non-Resident: 45 non-resident

VMCAS Participation: non-VMCAS

Accepts International Students? Yes


Application Deadline: 11/30/2014 

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