Bachelor of  Veterinary Science (Honours)

Program code: 2378
QTAC code: 736002
CRICOS code: 082631A




5 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

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 33rd in the world for veterinary science in the latest 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.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • 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.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

    Find out more
  • Why study

    Meet Elisa, she studies Veterinary Science (Honours) at UQ

  • 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 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BEP and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

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.


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, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $66,592
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

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

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

Apply now to QTAC Apply now to UQ

All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, 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".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

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