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Doctor of  Veterinary Clinical Science

Program code: 7603

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3.5 Years full-time


Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)

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, 2019)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
  • AQF
    Level 10

Admissions criteria


Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) with honours class I or IIA or an equivalent approved degree, with at least 2 years of postgraduate clinical experience. Applicants must satisfy the Head of School and the 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 Queensland Veterinary Surgeons Board.

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


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Higher degree by research students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, private donors, international organisations, or other sources.

The UQ Graduate School has an annual scholarship budget of nearly $40 million and coordinates a competitive, merit-based process for awarding scholarships.

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

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All domestic 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 you can start in any research quarter, as long as the Census Date hasn't passed.

If the Census Date has passed, you will need to wait for the beginning of next research quarter before commencing your studies.

The agreed start date will be included on your offer of admission.

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


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    Research Quarter 1 Begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 1 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 2 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 2 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 3 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 3 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 4 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 4 census date

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