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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 University of Queensland’s (UQ) School of Vet­erinary Science is located near the town of Gatton, ap­proximately 40 miles west of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The campus has a rural atmosphere, while being no more than an hour’s drive from major urban and tourism centers of Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

Since its first intake of students in 1936, The UQ School of Veterinary Science has been recognized for a sus­tained record of excellence in teaching and learning across the veterinary disciplines and the quality of its re­search. The diverse group of academic and clinical staff in the School have made major contributions to tropical/sub-tropical animal health and medicine to benefit farm and companion animals, their owners and industry sectors. Following the relocation to the UQ Gatton Campus in 2010, the School’s values remain strongly orientated towards maintaining the strong sense of community for which the school is renowned. With new facilities, and an ambitious recruitment program that has attracted an excellent cohort of staff, UQ has backed the School to outperform standards of education in Australasia, a performance reflecting UQ’s global ranking in the top 100 university. The world-class facilities and highly-trained staff ensure the School exceeds international accreditation guidelines, ensuring the highest standard of veterinary training. We anticipate a DVM program with enhanced admissions criteria will be established at UQ within the next few years.

Upon its relocation to the UQ Gatton Campus, the School commissioned four new buildings and, in addi­tion to existing facilities, now comprises the Veterinary Teaching Laboratories, Clinical Studies Centre, Vet­erinary Science Building and the Veterinary Medical Centre (Equine and Companion Animal Hospitals) complete with the latest instrumentation for diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques. The combination of the School of Veterinary Science, and the Queensland Animal Science Precinct, makes the Gatton campus the most comprehensive animal research and training center in Australia.

The curriculum of the School of Veterinary Sciences is a 10-semester 5 year program that runs from Febru­ary to November in each year. The first year provides core foundational training in biological sciences, with emphases on animal biology, biochemistry, cellular physiology, anatomy and professional studies. In the second and third years, the emphasis becomes the un­derstanding of diseases, and their causation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. In the fourth year, a strong clinical focus is provided, which is then reinforced in fifth year through 32 weeks of core and elective clini­cal rotations, both in the Veterinary Medical Centre and in off-campus practices. A strong commitment to research training in veterinary sciences is provided through clinical research electives. The School of Vet­erinary Science has outstanding teaching and research programs encompassing all aspects of veterinary sci­ence. The School’s research strengths lie in biosecurity and infectious diseases, genetics, medicine, nutrition, Australian wildlife, farm animal and equine medicine, production and reproduction.


For specific information on application for a place in the program, please refer to the Undergraduate Pro­spectus of the University of Queensland Faculty of Sci­ence, which is updated annually (

The school enrolls approximately 120 students annu­ally, of which 40 seats are held for nonresident students. Nonresident students must hold a student visa for the duration of their studies.


To gain entry into the University of Queensland program a nonresident student must have: Completed recognized upper secondary or equivalent Year 12 studies to the required standard as outlined in the prospectus; satisfied English language requirements and satisfied individual program requirement which include training in English, Math, Chemistry and either Biology or Physics. A table outlining the minimum entry requirements for nonresident undergraduate programs for each year is available on the University of Queensland International student page (

Multiple pathways for entry into UQ programs are available for students who do not meet the English language requirements (


There are no specific interviews for international ap­plicants. UQ is moving towards introducing a gradu­ate-entry DVM program in the next few years. This program will have enhanced admissions criteria.

Nonresident applicants for the program at UQ can submit an application directly to the Univer­sity or through one of UQ’s authorized International Education Representatives ( international-students/international-educational-rep­resentatives).

Resident students or international students studying in Australia apply for entry through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Center (

Successful applicants can apply to defer for one year after receiving an offer of a seat in the program.

Is a Bachelor’s Degree Required? no

Is this an International School? yes


Estimated Tuition Resident: For information about fees for resident students, please visit study/ to access the University’s fee tables for domestic students.

Estimated Tuition Non-Resident (International): For information about tuition fees please visit http:// to access the University’s fee tables for international students. Full-time enrolment consists of 16 units per annum or 80 units for the veterinary program.


Resident: 80

Non-Resident (International): 40

VMCAS Participation : non-VMCAS

Accepts International Students? yes


Nonresident applicants are eligible to participate in Streamlined Visa Processing. It is recommended that nonresident students applications to UQ by November 30 in the year preceding entry.

Page Updated: 05/05/14

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