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Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science

Overview

The Doctor of Veterinary Clinical Science is our veterinary residency program, designed to prepare already qualified veterinarians to meet the credentials for specialist certification.

It is designed to lead to careers as a specialist veterinarian, provided you meet all other requirements.

The doctorate will take you 3.5 years to complete full-time. It combines advanced coursework with clinical training and a research-based 50,000-word thesis. The doctorate is intended to introduce you to all aspects of specialist practice.

You will undertake clinical work in a diagnostic laboratory or a veterinary teaching hospital to develop your clinical skills to specialist level. This work will also count towards the coursework part of the degree.

The research thesis will provide a path to clinical or research careers with an evidence-based focus. These can include roles in public health agencies, universities or research centres.

Location
Gatton
Duration
3.5 Years
Start Semester
Research Quarter 1 (1 Jan, 2020), Research Quarter 3 (1 Jul, 2020)
Program Code
7603
AQF
Level 10
Location
Gatton
Duration
3.5 Years
Start Semester
Research Quarter 1 (1 Jan, 2020), Research Quarter 3 (1 Jul, 2020)
Program Code
7603
CRICOS Code
094716G
AQF
Level 10

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Extend your expertise and scientific knowledge in areas such as case management, clinical record keeping, epidemiology and research methods
  • Learn in $100 million facilities including a small animal hospital, an equine specialist hospital and a diagnostic laboratory
  • Write a thesis on a topic of your choice and be inspired and challenged to explore new ideas and develop greater understanding of complex questions
  • Study at a university fully accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Veterinary Medical Association

28 in the world for veterinary science

QS World University Rankings 2020

3 in Australia for veterinary science

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

Supervision

You have to find and contact a thesis supervisor before you apply

This supervisor will support, guide and mentor you through your research, and can introduce you to professional networks that will start your career.

What you'll study

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:

  • Anatomical pathologist
  • Anaesthesiologist
  • Avian and exotics veterinarian
  • Equine veterinarian
  • Equine surgical veterinarian
  • Small animal veterinarian (emergency and critical care)
  • Small animal veterinarian (internal medicine)

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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.

Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

This program is only available to domestic students with a veterinary degree registered in Queensland.

Research costs

Your supervisor will be responsible for all necessary costs for your project, including:

  • Resource and facility costs for clinical training at Gatton
  • Resource and facility costs for research training at Gatton.

Funding might also be available for research that is not essential but will enhance your experience at UQ.

Scholarships

Successful applicants will receive a $45,000 tax free living stipend for the duration of the program.

How to apply

Before you apply

1. Gather your documents

You will need to compile the necessary documents. We will accept scanned copies of original documents, but you will have to keep all original documents for the duration of your studies.

Upload all documents as PDFs and name your files like this: LASTNAME_firstname_document-name.pdf

If any of your documents is in a language other than English, you will need to send both the original document and an official translation.

Send the following documents with your application:

Academic CV/résumé

Your academic CV should include the following headings:

  • Personal details
    Include your full name and contact details.
  • Educational qualifications and professional affiliations
    Include the full title of the qualification, the institution attended and the year awarded.
  • Employment history
    In chronological order, starting with your current position and specifying dates of employment. Include the title of each position, name of employer, main duties or responsibilities, and achievements relevant to your proposed field of research. Make sure you include details of any research-related positions.
  • Research publications
    Include articles published or accepted for publication. Mark the three most significant publications with an asterisk. Specify the publication details, your contribution as an author to multi-authored publications, plus the standing of the journal or conference.
  • Description of most significant publications
    Include a short description (200 words each maximum) for each of the three asterisked publications. Explain their significance in the field and why they have made an important contribution. All publications should use an official referencing style (such as Chicago, APA or Harvard).
  • Research grants
    Only include awarded grants.
  • Academic referees
    Include the name and contact details (address, telephone and email) of two referees. If possible, include a senior person (preferably your supervisor or the head of organisational unit) closely associated with your current research work.

You don't need to include marital status, photographs, driver’s license, hobbies and interests.

Academic transcript

This should show all study you have undertaken since secondary school, whether complete or incomplete, including the institution grading scale.

An academic transcript can also be called an:

  • academic record
  • diploma supplement
  • statement of learning
  • record of achievement.
Degree certificate

A degree certificate is a legal document, imprinted with a university seal. It should state the name of your qualification and areas of study.

Include all degree certificates (testamurs) for post-secondary study with your application. If you studied in China, you must provide a:

  • transcript
  • award certificate and
  • graduate statement/certificate.
Passport

Include a copy of the information page (with your photo) in your passport. This will verify your identity and ensure we can make offers correctly.

References/letters of recommendation

Include the contact details of two referees who will support your application. These referees will need to provide insight into your clinical and research experience.

We will contact your referees for a report, but you will need to enter their details into the application form.

Other documents

Include proof of your eligibility to register with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland.

Other documentation, originals or certified copies, may be required depending on your individual circumstances, for example:

  • evidence of change of name
  • proof of citizenship, if you are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand by birth
  • previous research program information.

If you don't provide us with all documents it will take us longer to process your application. Your start date might then be delayed, or you might miss an admission or scholarship deadline. 

2. Approach a potential supervisor

You have to find and contact a clinical supervisor and thesis supervisor before you apply. Your supervisors will support, guide and mentor you through your research and clinical training.

3. Apply online

Once you have prepared your application and contacted your potential supervisors, use the online application form to apply. You can send an application at any time.

Apply now

This program is only available to domestic students with a veterinary degree registered in Queensland.

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