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Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)

  • D1061DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICAL SCIENCE

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Title Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
Course Code D1061
Study Level Doctorate by Research (Graduate)
School School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Professor Ian Robertson | Email: I.Robertson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2459

Qualification Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science (DVetMedSc)
Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Murdoch campus (external)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This course provides an advanced level of study in veterinary science at a high degree of specialisation in a selected area of study. For the clinical student the course provides an advanced academic preparation in both clinical training and applied research (which may be suitable to support speciality board certification). For the non-clinical student, the degree provides the opportunity for advanced study in analytical and research skills in veterinary science. Both programs culminate the experience with the completion of a research thesis.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings To be eligible for admission as a candidate for a Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science, an applicant must have:
Bachelor Degree with at least a 2A Honours normally in the same discipline (AQF level 8); or
a Masters Degree normally in the same discipline (AQF level 9) and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of substantive and significant scholarly or professional attainments; or
a Bachelor Degree normally in the same discipline (AQF level 7) and satisfy the Graduate Research Manager with evidence of substantive and significant scholarly or professional attainments including satisfactory research preparation the equivalent of AQF level 8 or 9.

English competence.
Course Learning Outcomes KNOWLEDGE
Graduates of this degree will be able to:
a) demonstrate a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of the field of Veterinary Medical Science, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution
b) demonstrate substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of Veterinary Medical Science

SKILLS
Graduates of this degree will be able to:
a) demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice
b) demonstrate intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
c) demonstrate expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of Veterinary Medical Science
d) demonstrate communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
e) present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community
f) design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice

APPLICATION
Graduates of this degree will be able to:
a) demonstrate intellectual independence
b) demonstrate initiative and creativity in new situations &/or for further learning
c) show full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs
d) plan and execute original research
e) demonstrate ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice

Adapted from the Australian Qualifications Framework: http://www.aqf.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/AQF-2nd-Edition-January-2013.pdf
Employment Prospects Careers in a range of veterinary science fields including research, clinical and academic fields.
Main research areas Veterinary Science
Further Information Graduate Research web site
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Core Units - 48 credit points

VET770 Doctor of Veterinary Medical Science Thesis - 48 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Specified Electives - 24 credit points

Select from the following:

VET609 Medicine 3 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

VET625 Medicine 1 - 3 points
Not available this year

VET626 Medicine 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

VET628 Dermatology - 3 points
Not available this year

VET629 Infectious and Parasitic Diseases - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external (quota of 30 places)

VET630 Conservation Medicine - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

VET631 Wildlife Medicine - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

VET639 Conservation Medicine Field Placement/Project - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET6391 Conservation Medicine Field Placement/Project - 6 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET640 Infectious and Emerging Diseases - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

VET641 Principles of Epidemiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

VET642 Practical Applications of Epidemiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

VET647 Advanced Surgical Techniques - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external (quota of 25 places)

VET649 Veterinary Studies Masters Research Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

VET660 Advanced Anaesthesia and Critical Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external (quota of 30 places)

VET664 Wildlife Comparative Pathology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

VET666 Research Methodology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VET671 Diagnostic Imaging - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external (quota of 30 places)

VET678 Veterinary Case Management Rounds - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

VET679 Seminars in Veterinary Clinical Studies - 3 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

VET694 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice - 3 points
Not available this year

VET699 Epidemiological Studies: Design and Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

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