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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, 2022), Research Quarter 3 (1 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
7603
AQF
Level 10
Location
Gatton
Duration
3.5 Years
Start Semester
Research Quarter 1 (1 Jan, 2022), Research Quarter 3 (1 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
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

26 in the world for veterinary science

QS World University Rankings 2021

3 in Australia for veterinary science

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021

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

Indicative annual fee

Financial aid

This program is only available to students with a veterinary degree. Students must also be eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of 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

Scholarships are only available when a residency vacancy becomes available. Scholarships will be advertised on the UQ Scholarships website

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:

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 students with a veterinary degree and eligible for registration with the Veterinary Surgeons Board of 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

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