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Bachelor of  Veterinary Science (Honours)

Program code: 2378
QTAC code: 736002
OP Guarantee Scheme: No

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold




5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Passionate about animal health and welfare? This unique program is Australia’s only accredited undergraduate offering that qualifies you to practice as a veterinarian locally and internationally.

  • This five-year program equips you with the latest knowledge and skills to apply medical, diagnostic and therapeutic principles to all major animal groups. It was developed in consultation with industry and researchers.
  • Work with animals from your first semester, learn about animal handling, husbandry and business management, and undertake pre-clinical vacation placements on working farms or with other enterprises.
  • Study foundational biomedical disciplines, including pathology, infectious diseases and immunology, as well as diagnosis and treatment, medicines, surgical procedures and nutrition.
  • Spend your final year in clinical training at UQ and in private practice, gaining skills in medicine, surgery, radiology and anaesthesia under the guidance of a registered veterinarian.

UQ veterinarians are compassionate, insightful and highly capable professionals who work with companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife and production animals.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    The UQ School of Veterinary Science is one of the largest veterinary science groups in the Southern Hemisphere. UQ was ranked 38th in the world for veterinary science in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Accreditation

    International recognition

    This world-class program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) and the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland (VSB).

  • Why study

    Situational Judgement Test

    As part of your application, you will need to take an online Situational Judgement Test (SJT) that gauges your resilience, critical thinking and communication skills. Find out more about the SJT test and this program's other entry requirements, structure and study plans.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Inherent program requirements

    You will be expected to possess a range of physical and personal attributes as a veterinary student and qualified veterinarian. Read this program’s inherent requirements to learn about the challenges of veterinary practice and make informed choices about your study.

Career outcomes

You will graduate qualified to work as a general veterinary practitioner for large or small animals in Australia and overseas.

Expect to find employment in a variety of roles, including:

  • practising veterinary doctor in a private or public clinic
  • consultant in the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology or animal disease control industries
  • educator and/or researcher with universities and governments
  • government department veterinarian dealing with biosecurity and/or efficient animal production.

You can choose to further your research ambitions by enrolling in the Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Master of Veterinary Science, the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science or a higher degree by research program.

  • Campus Life

    Vibrant student culture

    You will have countless opportunities to network, build relationships and socialise by joining UQ clubs and societies, including the Veterinary Students Association, the Vet Wildlife Special Interest Group and the Gatton Students Association.

  • Fast Facts

    Outstanding alumni

    UQ Veterinary Science alumnus Professor Peter Doherty was the first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Swiss colleague Professor Rolf Zinkernagel.

  • Why study

    Elisa's story

    Elisa's story

    Hear about Elisa's experiences as a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) student at UQ.

    Watch our video
  • Alumni
    “Our training required us to gain practical experience in all aspects of animal health and I travelled around Australia to work on some memorable projects. I particularly enjoyed the sense of collegiality among students and staff." Guyan Weerasinghe, Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
    Veterinary Officer at Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Chemistry, and Mathematics B PLUS one of Physics or Biology. Applicants must also complete a situational judgement test.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) in 2019:

1 99 42

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2019

This table shows the entry scores of all recent secondary students who were offered a place in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours):

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median1 / 99 1 / 99
Lowest1 / 99 1 / 99

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) in Semester 1, 2019:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study79 55.24%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study0 0%
(C) Work and life experience0 0%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
5 3.5%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
0 0%
International students59 41.26%
Total143 100%

Student profiles show your likely peer group in a program. They are not the basis for admission to a program.

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students are required to undertake eight (8) weeks of vacation work (in their own time) by the end of their third year of study.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,581
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying to QTAC

Apply now to QTAC

All domestic student applications for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) need to be lodged through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

You can list up to six programs in order of preference on your QTAC application. Listing the maximum of six will strengthen your chances of being offered a place at university.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) is 736002. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

Apply now to QTAC

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university. Many of these dates are managed by organisations that are independent of UQ.

A good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a "course” we call a "program".

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

Admission schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple and certain as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Admission pathways

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the typical entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Read more about admission pathways

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