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Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Overview

Equip yourself with the theoretical and practical skills for a rewarding career as a para-veterinary healthcare specialist, working in animal health and welfare.

In the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, you'll study animal handling and care, welfare and behaviour, applied and clinical nutrition, mechanisms of animal disease and diagnostic techniques.

You'll also learn about clinical aspects of small and large animal health, veterinary pharmacology and therapeutics, veterinary surgical and medical nursing principles, and veterinary practice management.

As you progress through the program, you can choose from a wide range of elective courses to broaden or focus your skills, or pursue an area of interest. Elective options include equine exercise and rehabilitation, veterinary laboratory diagnostics, or molecular and quantitative genetics.

You can also enhance your skills by concurrently enrolling in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, the Certificate III in Rural Operations or the Farm Ready program.

You'll graduate with the skills and knowledge to take on a leadership role across a broad range of animal-related fields.

Location
Gatton
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
QTAC Code
787309
Program Code
2387
AQF
Level 7
Location
Gatton
Fees
A$44464 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
QTAC Code
787309
Program Code
2387
CRICOS Code
087886D
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Learn from internationally regarded academics in the world-class animal health facilities at UQ’s Gatton campus.
  • Gain veterinary industry expertise, as well as critical thinking, problem-solving and self-directed learning skills.
  • Benefit from practical sessions and off-campus studies throughout the program, including a total of 19 weeks on clinical rotation and placement in your third year.
  • Graduate well-prepared for supervisory and management roles in a range of animal-related fields.

26 in the world for veterinary science

QS World University Rankings 2021

26 in the world for agriculture and forestry

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Applied Animal Biology
  • Applied Animal Physiology
  • Professional Studies for Veterinary Technology
  • Surgical Principles and Practices

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Veterinary technician
  • Laboratory technician
  • Production processing technician
  • Veterinary pathologist
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Biosecurity officer
  • Veterinary clinical nutrition technician
  • Veterinary pharmaceutical representative
  • Clinical academic

Graduate salary

Veterinary science (undergraduate)

$54K–$564K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

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 and industries including:

  • Research
  • Biosecurity
  • Government departments
  • Animal Management for local councils
  • Higher education 
  • Vocational training and education
     

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

Find out more about careers that started in science

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C). Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics are recommended subjects.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); General Mathematics or Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C). Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics are recommended subjects.

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
75.0026

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

English language requirements

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.

BE - 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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Veterinary Technology for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest98.699.95
Median85.9386.75
Lowest7275.1

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

9540.08%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

93.8%

(C) Work and life experience

125.06%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
10745.15%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
<5<5

International students

125.06%

Total

237100%

"<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.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,464

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

AUD $5,985

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, if you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is 2387.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

If your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you're an international student who is currently studying:

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is 787309.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

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 entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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