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Doctor of  Veterinary Clinical Science

Program code: 7603
CRICOS code: 094716G




3.5 Years full-time


Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2020)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2020)

Why study the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science

The program will provide a learning framework for UQ's veterinary residency program that will prepare veterinarians to sit specialist qualification examinations. Candidates will undertake clinical work in an approved veterinary diagnostic laboratory (for pathology residents) or referral hospital to develop their skills to specialist level. This will form the bulk of the requirements for the coursework component of the training program. The research component will provide a research-training foundation for graduates seeking career paths as clinical academics using an evidence-based medicine foundation.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3.5 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2020)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 10
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


BVSc(Hons) with honours class IIB or higher; OR

Postgraduate degree in Veterinary Science of at least one year full-time equivalent including relevant experience and an overall GPA of 5; OR

BVSc or equivalent plus two years relevant experience, or one year internship under the supervision of a registered veterinary specialist.

Applicants must satisfy the Head of School and Dean of the Graduate School that they are qualified for admission, and may be required to attend an interview. Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland.

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.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 5 plus a minimum grade A in all micro skills.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

OET is not accepted.

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Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science 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.

Program structure

Students in the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science are expected to research, develop and write a thesis that makes a significant contribution to the field. They also have to undertake advanced coursework and clinical work to develop their skills to specialist level.

Courses Program Rules

The courses offered in the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science are set out in the course list and the program rules explain what is required to complete the program. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Courses Program Rules

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

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.


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

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All international student applications for the Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

You can submit an application at any time.

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Important dates

The academic year for research students is divided into quarters and international students are required to start within the first 14 days of a research quarter.

The agreed start date will be listed on your Confirmation of Enrolment.

For more information about research quarter dates, visit the Graduate School website .


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    Research Quarter 4 begins
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