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University of Queensland

School of Veterinary Science
University of Queensland – Gatton Campus
P: 61 7 5460 1834
F: 61-7 5460 1922

The School

The School of Veterinary Science taught its first class in 1936 and has since educated and trained over 3,000 veterinarians to enter a broad range of careers. The School is located on UQ’s Gatton Campus, a 2,600-acre farm some 50 miles west of the capital city of Queensland, Brisbane. Our facilities are excellent, following the $100m construction of new School facilities as part of the School’s 2010 relocation to Gatton from Brisbane. The School has full accreditation with the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. The School of Veterinary Science occupies four new buildings that contain
companion animal and equine hospitals; veterinary teaching laboratories (dry and wet labs, pathology suite); a four-story office and research tower; and a clinical studies center that includes a teaching surgery and small animal teaching and research facilities.

The School has four veterinary hospitals and clinics located on three UQ sites. The equine and companion animal hospitals are located centrally on the UQ Gatton Campus. A satellite clinic is located in the rural town of Dayboro
97 km (60 miles) north east of Gatton campus, or about an hour and a half’s drive thorough picturesque grazing countryside. Livestock clinical work operates from both the Gatton and Dayboro sites. A third clinic is located on the
main St. Lucia campus in Brisbane.

The Veterinary Medical Center was opened in 2010 and includes 5600m2 Companion Animal and Equine Hospitals. They feature large consultation rooms, diagnostic imaging services, surgical and medical procedure rooms, tutorial
rooms, kennels, stables, and separately located isolation facilities. The Companion Animal Hospital provides GP and specialist services for companion animals and exotic animals including after-hours services. The equine hospital
has a predominantly referral caseload and offers 24-hour care.

There are extensive production animal facilities on the Gatton Campus, including an undercover, custom-designed Beef Cattle Teaching Facility, a 200 head feedlot, 400 sow commercial piggery, a dairy with a 250 milking cow
capacity, and a poultry facility.

Veterinary students have full access to facilities and services at the Gatton Campus, including six modern lecture theaters with a capacity for 120 students, seminar/tutorial rooms, library, IT facilities, campus-wide wireless
Internet, on-campus accommodation, student services, sporting, and social amenities.

The Program
The UQ BVSc degree is a very demanding five-year program. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the science behind veterinary practice. This knowledge will underpin the technical skills in medicine and surgery
that you will need to practise as a veterinarian. UQ graduates must learn all aspects of veterinary science and the skills required to diagnose and treat diseases in the full range of domestic species, as well as native and exotic animals. There is also a requirement to understand public health (including abattoir and biosecurity processes) and preventative medicine.

Admission Requirements

Applicants from outside Australia must apply through UQ International:
Program details, including current costs, can be found at, or by going to the Courses and Programs link, typing in “Veterinary Science,” and selecting International.

Queensland senior secondary school (or equivalent) English, Chemistry, Mathematics B PLUS either Physics or Biology. International students from non-English speaking countries must have minimum IELTS scores as follows:
overall 7; writing 6; speaking 7.

International students must undertake this program on campus at UQ on a full-time basis to be eligible to apply for an Australian student visa. Please contact UQ International.

Closing date
To commence study in semester 1 - November 15 of the previous year for Category 1 and 2 countries; October 15 of the previous year for Category 3 and 4 countries.

This program is eligible for Streamlined Visa Processing. Please check your country’s category with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship:
Page Updated: Feb/21/2013
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