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Veterinary Science (BSc+DVM)

  • B1330BACHELOR OF SCIENCE/DOCTOR OF VETERINARY MEDICINE
  • B1341BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (no direct entry)

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Title Veterinary Science (BSc+DVM)
Course Code B1330; B1341
Study Level Bachelor (Undergraduate)
Organisational Unit Veterinary Medicine
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Associate Professor John Bolton | Email: J.Bolton@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2621

Academic Chair: Associate Professor Mary Thompson | Email: Mary.Thompson@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2685

Qualification Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Veterinary Biology + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Duration 5 years full-time
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction Enrolment is subject to restriction due to constraints on unit enrolments.
Description Veterinary Science is a major health profession with its own system of education, registration, organisation and ethics. Veterinarians are highly trained in skills of diagnosing, treating and preventing health problems in pets, domestic livestock, wildlife and laboratory animals. Additional areas of interest for veterinarians are increasing the productivity of animals and maintaining standards of food production and safety, animal research and public health.

This integrated five-year course of study leads to a registrable professional qualification in veterinary medicine. A degree of Bachelor of Science is completed after the first six semesters of the course and is a prerequisite for entry to the six trimesters of study that leads to the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).

There is an entry quota.

This course requires students to undertake work-based training through a compulsory work-based placement as part of their studies.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Students will be admitted into the five-year veterinary course either directly from secondary school for high ranking school-leavers or after completing prior university study.

Students with prior university study in a relevant discipline may be granted advanced standing for the first year, and enter into second year, commencing on campus in January.

Australian students who have completed some tertiary study, and all international students, are selected on the following:
* Academic standing from previous university study (or school study for international school leavers);
* A 500-word typed and signed personal statement, and
* Evidence of recent, relevant, refereed animal-related experience, such as work experience with veterinarians.

Recommended Preparation: Chemistry ATAR is strongly recommended and Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Physics ATAR and Biology ATAR are also recommended.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Special Requirements Veterinary Science is an animal-based course. Students are required to participate in practical work involving living and dead animals and/or tissues from animals throughout the course.
Professional Recognition Graduates are eligible for registration to practice veterinary medicine without further examination in Australia and a number of other countries including Great Britain, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, Singapore and Hong Kong. The DVM degree is recognised by the American Veterinary Medical Association which, after passing the appropriate National or State licensing examinations, makes Murdoch graduates eligible to practice in the USA and Canada.
Excluded Double Majors Animal Health; Crop and Pasture Science
Additional Academic Progress Requirements Progression between years

Students must successfully complete all required Part I units in the first year of the BSc (Veterinary Biology) course, at the first attempt, to be guaranteed progression into the second year.

Students will not be permitted to enter the DVM component of the course until they have completed all units and unit components from the BSc (Veterinary Biology), or equivalent, and are eligible for the award of the BSc.

Students will not be eligible to enter the final year of the veterinary course without passing or having advanced standing for all units comprising the previous years of the veterinary course.

Unit Fails and Withdrawals

In the BSc component, students may fail no more than one unit in each year set of units (that is, the units normally undertaken in each calendar year of the course under standard full-time enrolment), regardless of whether these are completed in the same calendar year. Students who fail more than one unit in any year set of units, or who fail more than one unit in any one calendar year, will be excluded from the course after a formal interview process with the Academic Chair.

In the DVM component, students may fail no more than two units in each year set of units (that is, the units normally undertaken in each calendar year of the course under standard full-time enrolment), regardless of whether these are completed in the same calendar year. Students who fail more than two units from any year set of units, or who fail more than two units in any one calendar year, will be excluded from the course after a formal interview process with the Academic Chair.

A fail in any unit means that the unit will need to be repeated, whilst maintaining the minimal academic progression for completion of that component. Permission to overload will not be given to students who have failed a core unit.

Students have the option of withdrawing from a unit but should first discuss this with the relevant Academic Chair. Students who withdraw after the Census Date, or who fail a unit, can apply for retrospective withdrawal.

Students failing units, withdrawing from units or obtaining retrospective withdrawal from units but NOT taking a period of intermission/approved leave must maintain the following minimal academic progression:

i) Students must complete the 2nd and 3rd years of the BSc in 3 or less calendar years.

ii) Students must complete the DVM component of the veterinary course in 4 or less calendar years.

Students taking a period of intermission/approved leave must maintain the following minimal academic progression:

i) Students must complete the 2nd and 3rd years of the BSc in 4 or less calendar years, including any period(s) of intermission/approved leave.

ii) Students must complete the DVM component of the veterinary course in 4 or less calendar years, including any period(s) of intermission/approved leave.
Students can withdraw after the start of a teaching period, or be granted retrospective withdrawal, from a unit only once.

Students attempting a unit for the second time must pass the unit at the first attempt. If a student withdraws after the start of a teaching period, or is granted retrospective withdrawal, from the same unit a second time, they will not be permitted a third enrolment in the unit.

Second year BSc students with advanced standing, or those repeating 2nd year units after failure, or withdrawal after the start of a teaching period, or retrospective withdrawal, may apply to the Academic Chair for permission to take one or two units from the 3rd year set of units in order to maintain a balanced load.
Award with Distinction Students who have completed the five year BSc/DVM at a high standard may be awarded their degree with Distinction. This is determined on the basis of overall marks in all core units over the five year course.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Students receive a BSc (Veterinary Biology) after the first six semesters of study and then progress into six trimesters, taken over two years, which leads to the integrated of Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) which is a registrable veterinary qualification.

The latter years are directed towards the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to diagnose, prevent and treat disease in animals and to optimise animal health and productivity.

Students may not progress into the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine component of the course until they have completed all units and unit components from Veterinary Biology (BSc), or equivalent, and are eligible for the award of the BSc.
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 - 144 credit points

Veterinary Biology (BSc)

The Veterinary Biology degree encompasses both normal and abnormal aspects of vertebrate structure and function. The first year comprises units which introduce the scientific process, analysis of data and the form and function of the animal body; units in the second year include information on animal development, structure, function, metabolism and an introduction to the principles of infectious disease; units in the third year cover animal nutrition and toxicology, animal behaviour, welfare and ethics, public health and epidemiology, pathology and the production of disease, and an introduction to veterinary practice, surgery and anaesthesia.

A degree of Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Biology) is completed after two years of Part II studies. It is a basis for an extra 'side-step' year of research work in some aspect of veterinary biology, leading to an honours degree. However, it is expected that most students will proceed directly into the final two years to complete the DVM in the minimum time (5 years).

Background

Chemistry ATAR is strongly recommended and Mathematics: Methods ATAR, Physics ATAR and Biology ATAR are also recommended.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part I - 24 credit points

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Transition Unit - 3 credit points

BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Breadth Unit for Degree - 3 credit points

BSC150 What is Science? - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Core Units - 18 credit points

ANS102 Introduction to the Animal Body - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

CHE140 Fundamentals of Chemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external
(Students achieving at least 50 percent in WACE Chemistry will be exempt from this unit and must select another Part I unit in its place.)

ANS101 Introduction to Livestock Science and Genetics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, UA6-internal
(Students who have not completed this unit MUST take this unit in the Summer teaching period, prior to entering second year.)

BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

BIO152 Cell Biology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

Part II - 48 credit points

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

VET260 Veterinary Structure and Function I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 105 places)

VET271 Veterinary Structure and Function II - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal (quota of 105 places)

VET272 Comparative Mammalian Biochemistry - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VET273 Veterinary Structure and Function III - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 105 places)

VET210 Veterinary Professional Life I - 3 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

VET274 Veterinary Structure and Function IV - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal (quota of 105 places)

VET211 Principles of Infectious Disease I - Veterinary Microbiology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET278 Principles of Infectious Disease II - Veterinary Parasitology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET310 Preclinical Placements - 0 points
MURDOCH: H-internal

Year 3 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

VET375 Processes in Animal Disease - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VET377 Systemic Pathology and Medicine - 6 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET380 Veterinary Nutrition and Animal Toxicology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VET392 One Health - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET333 Animal Behaviour and Welfare - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

VET301 Principles of Surgery and Anaesthesia - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

VET331 Introduction to Clinical Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Applied Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

A further 6 trimesters of study over two years leads to a Masters level degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) which is a registrable veterinary qualification.

The latter years are directed to the development of professional attributes and research skills, the acquisition of knowledge and skills required to diagnose, prevent and treat disease in animals and to optimise animal health and productivity.

Course Structure - 72 credit points

Part II - 72 credit points

Year 4 - 36 credit points

Core Units - 36 credit points

VET616 Veterinary Professional Investigation - 9 points
MURDOCH: H-internal

(This unit to be completed over Years 1 and 2 of the DVM with 3 points taken in Year 4 and 6 points in Year 5).

VET607 Small Animal Surgery and Diagnostic Imaging - 3 points
MURDOCH: TS23E-internal

VET608 Equine General Practice - 4 points
MURDOCH: TS13E-internal

VET614 Small Animal Practice - 6 points
MURDOCH: TS23E-internal

VET615 Transition to Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: TS13E-internal

VET632 Bovine Health and Management - 4 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

VET633 Small Ruminant and Camelid Health and Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

VET635 Pig and Poultry Health and Management - 2 points
MURDOCH: T1-internal

VET637 Theriogenology - 3 points
MURDOCH: TS13E-internal

VET636 Avian, Wildlife and Exotic Pet Medicine - 2 points
MURDOCH: TS23E-internal

VET684 Veterinary Professional Life II - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal

(This unit to be completed over Years 1 and 2 of the DVM, with 3 points in Year 4 and 9 points in Year 5).

Year 5 - 36 credit points

Core Units - 36 credit points

VET619 Small Animal Practice 1 - 3 points
MURDOCH: YU2-internal

VET638 Small Animal Practice 2 - 3 points
MURDOCH: YU2-internal

VET618 Equine Practice, After-hours, and Diagnostic Imaging - 3 points
MURDOCH: YU2-internal

VET687 Production Animal, Public Health and Pathology - 3 points
MURDOCH: YU2-internal

Plus one of the following:

VET651 Advanced Topics in Mixed Animal Practice - 9 points
MURDOCH: TS23-internal

VET643 Advanced Topics in Equine Practice - 9 points
MURDOCH: TS23-internal

VET644 Advanced Topics in Production Animal Practice - 9 points
MURDOCH: TS23-internal

VET652 Advanced Topics in Small Animal Practice - 9 points
MURDOCH: TS23-internal

VET645 Advanced Topics in Wildlife, Zoological and Conservation Medicine - 9 points
MURDOCH: TS23-internal

VET646 Advanced Topics in Veterinary Science - 9 points
MURDOCH: TS23-internal

Additional Academic Progress Requirements

Progression between years

Students must successfully complete all required Part I units in the first year of the BSc (Veterinary Biology) course, at the first attempt, to be guaranteed progression into the second year.

Students will not be permitted to enter the DVM component of the course until they have completed all units and unit components from the BSc (Veterinary Biology), or equivalent, and are eligible for the award of the BSc.

Students will not be eligible to enter the final year of the veterinary course without passing or having advanced standing for all units comprising the previous years of the veterinary course.

Unit Fails and Withdrawals

In the BSc component, students may fail no more than one unit in each year set of units (that is, the units normally undertaken in each calendar year of the course under standard full-time enrolment), regardless of whether these are completed in the same calendar year. Students who fail more than one unit in any year set of units, or who fail more than one unit in any one calendar year, will be excluded from the course after a formal interview process with the Academic Chair.

In the DVM component, students may fail no more than two units in each year set of units (that is, the units normally undertaken in each calendar year of the course under standard full-time enrolment), regardless of whether these are completed in the same calendar year. Students who fail more than two units from any year set of units, or who fail more than two units in any one calendar year, will be excluded from the course after a formal interview process with the Academic Chair.

A fail in any unit means that the unit will need to be repeated, whilst maintaining the minimal academic progression for completion of that component. Permission to overload will not be given to students who have failed a core unit.

Students have the option of withdrawing from a unit but should first discuss this with the relevant Academic Chair. Students who withdraw after the Census Date, or who fail a unit, can apply for retrospective withdrawal.

Students failing units, withdrawing from units or obtaining retrospective withdrawal from units but NOT taking a period of intermission/approved leave must maintain the following minimal academic progression:

i) Students must complete the 2nd and 3rd years of the BSc in 3 or less calendar years.

ii) Students must complete the DVM component of the veterinary course in 4 or less calendar years.

Students taking a period of intermission/approved leave must maintain the following minimal academic progression:

i) Students must complete the 2nd and 3rd years of the BSc in 4 or less calendar years, including any period(s) of intermission/approved leave.

ii) Students must complete the DVM component of the veterinary course in 4 or less calendar years, including any period(s) of intermission/approved leave.
Students can withdraw after the start of a teaching period, or be granted retrospective withdrawal, from a unit only once.

Students attempting a unit for the second time must pass the unit at the first attempt. If a student withdraws after the start of a teaching period, or is granted retrospective withdrawal, from the same unit a second time, they will not be permitted a third enrolment in the unit.

Second year BSc students with advanced standing, or those repeating 2nd year units after failure, or withdrawal after the start of a teaching period, or retrospective withdrawal, may apply to the Academic Chair for permission to take one or two units from the 3rd year set of units in order to maintain a balanced load.

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