Bachelor of  Veterinary Technology

Program code: 2387
QTAC code: 787309
CRICOS code: 087886D




3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical skills to become a para-veterinary healthcare specialist working in animal health and welfare.

  • The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology will teach you to apply a range of skills to support animal health through handling and care, welfare and behaviour, veterinary surgical nursing techniques and veterinary practice management.
  • Build a base in biological science by studying the mechanisms of animal disease and diagnostic techniques, clinical aspects of small and large animal health, applied and clinical nutrition, veterinary pharmacology and animal therapeutics.
  • Select from a wide range of elective courses to focus your skills or to pursue an area of interest. You’ll also complete at least 80 hours of practical sessions in your first and second years, as well as 30 days of extramural studies.
  • Undertake clinical rotations and industry placements in your third year. You’ll gain experience in locations such as vet clinics, vet hospitals, wildlife parks, government agencies, welfare organisations, animal breeding enterprises and research facilities.

Veterinary technologists are integral members of veterinary healthcare teams and make important contributions to animal health and welfare.

  • Fast Facts

    Flexible learning

    You can complete this program on campus full-time over three years. Alternatively, study part-time in external mode for four years and then on campus full-time for your fifth and final year.

  • Teaching spaces

    Innovative facilities

    You’ll access world-class animal health facilities. The School of Veterinary Science has a long history of educating students and offers modern research laboratories, teaching spaces and facilities.

  • Alumni
    “The thing I love most about studying Veterinary Technology at UQ Gatton is facilities. It has its own dairy, poultry and equine units, herds of sheep and goats, a piggery, small animal and equine hospitals, a Clinical Studies Centre and plenty of research facilities. You learn about animals one day and the next morning they’re standing in front of you and you can apply your knowledge.” Sarah Duncan, Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (current student)
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Career outcomes

As a para-veterinary healthcare specialist, you’ll be equipped with critical thinking, problem-solving and self-directed learning skills that can be applied to supervisory and management roles in a range of animal-related fields.

You’ll find employment in roles and fields such as:

  • support staff in veterinary practices (providing general, specialist, emergency and critical care), including veterinary practice management
  • animal behaviour and training instructor
  • animal management officer with local councils
  • animal research technician and supervisor
  • biosecurity inspector and project support with government agencies
  • clinical academic in higher education (veterinary nursing)
  • regulatory affairs officer for veterinary drug and product registration
  • teacher/trainer in vocational training and education (veterinary nursing)
  • veterinary clinical nutrition technician
  • veterinary laboratory scientist
  • veterinary pharmaceutical representative.

Undertaking an honours year in either a research or clinical stream could lead you to postgraduate studies.

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  • Learn from the best

    Our award-winning academics have an active research focus and strong connections with industry. Our teachers will challenge your thinking and you'll leave UQ equipped to find your own scientific solutions to real-world problems.

  • Employability

    Concurrent study opportunities

    Broaden your skill set and increase your employability by concurrently enrolling in the UQ Skills Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate III in Rural Operations or Farm Ready Program. These programs are currently only offered for domestic students.

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  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations like the Vet Technology students Association, Vet Students Association, the Vet Wildlife Special Interest Group and the Gatton Students’ Association provide opportunities to network, socialise and build relationships outside the classroom.

  • 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.

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  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • 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 plus one of Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

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 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BEP - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology 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 Technology 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 Technology. 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.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology:

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 $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology 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 Technology 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.

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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 Technology 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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