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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-millionyear-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 Science is a five year double degree (Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery) 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 a production animal ambulatory service.

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 course can be entered into after only one year of tertiary study. 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.
Application Information
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.
Admission Requirements
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, and Statistics.
Applications are still accepted from school leavers, with high achievers offered a guaranteed place in the veterinary course, provided they study and pass their first year of tertiary education at Murdoch University. It is recommended such students enroll in Animal Science within the School.
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 course. If not, an offer will be made into another course within the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences with an assured progression into the veterinary course after successful completion of that year.
Summary of Admission Procedure
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: Tuesday, October 2, 2013 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Please note: If VMCAS application module is not open, students are able to apply directly to Murdoch University. Application form can be found at
Deposit to hold a position: $1,000 AUD payable upon acceptance of offer
Expenses for the 2013 Academic Year
Tuition fees:
Animal Science first year A$27,000* pa
Veterinary Science A$46,000 pa
Deferments: Considered on merit
*Murdoch University is offering the International Discoverers’ Scholarship Scheme in 2013 – please visit Murdoch International website for further information
Page Updated: March/20/2013
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