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Bachelor of  Veterinary Technology

Program code: 2387
QTAC code: 787309
OP Guarantee Scheme: Yes

Min. selection threshold






Minimum selection threshold




3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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 will also complete at least 80 hours of practical sessions in your first and second years, as well as extramural studies of 30 days.
  • Undertake clinical rotations and industry placement in locations such as vet clinics, vet hospitals, wildlife parks, government agencies, welfare organisations, animal breeding enterprises, research facilities, and pharmaceutical companies.

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

  • Beyond the classroom

    Industry placement

    In your third year, you will gain valuable hands-on experience by completing a six-week industry placement in any approved veterinary-related field.

  • Employability

    Concurrent study opportunities

    You can broaden your skill set and increase your employability by concurrently enrolling in the UQ-GVEC Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Certificate III in Rural Operations, or the Farm Ready Program. Please note, this is currently only offered for domestic students.

    UQ Gatton Vocational Education Centre
  • Campus Life

    Get to know the Gatton Campus

  • Teaching spaces

    State-of-the-art facilities

    The School of Veterinary Science has been educating students since 1936. It relocated to its current teaching and research facilities at the Gatton Campus in 2010. The school offers the latest research laboratories, teaching spaces, and facilities.

Career outcomes

You will 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.

  • 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 plenty of opportunities for you to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom.

  • Alumni
    The thing I love most about studying Veterinary Technology at UQ Gatton is facilities. It has its own dairy, poultry and equine units, and herds of sheep and goats, as well as its own 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)


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 7

Admissions criteria


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English plus one of Mathematics A or Mathematics B.

OP / Rank / IB Diploma

Minimum selection threshold

This table shows the minimum adjusted score that was considered for admission to the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology in 2018:

12 73 25

OP / Rank profile for those offered a place in Semester 1, 2018

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

Unadjusted OP / RankAdjusted OP / Rank
Highest1 / 99 1 / 99
Median9 / 81 9 / 81
Lowest14 / 68 12 / 73

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.

Student profile

The table below shows the most recent student intake in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology in Semester 1, 2018:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students
(A) Higher education study74 38.34%
(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study11 5.7%
(C) Work and life experience6 3.11%
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
90 46.63%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
0 0%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
5 2.59%
International students7 3.63%
Total193 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.

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology 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 $9,676
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 Technology 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 Technology 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 Technology is 787309. 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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