Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

  • CRICOS code: 071999D

The experience


"In the space of a couple of weeks I went from a placement on a salmon farm in one of the most southerly parts of Tasmania (and indeed Australia), to doing yoga at 2:00am on a highway on the tropical Cape York Peninsula, which is just about as far north as you can go in Australia. The latter was while waiting for a critically endangered bat, never before captured in Australia, to fly into traps. The aim of trapping and then releasing these elusive bats was to attach radio trackers. These miniature devices will enable researchers to start answering some fundamental questions about the bats’ ecology and biology, and so better guide decisions about their conservation. This really highlights the diversity of species you can work with if you’re keen and up for a challenge!"

Jessica Whinfield (Australia), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

"I am thoroughly enjoying the many hands-on practical classes as well as conversing with some of the most friendly professors I have ever met. Although veterinary school can be very challenging at times, you make great friends with your fellow classmates and we get each other through the tough times (trust me, there are many). The first two years of the program can be challenging, learning all the background information with lots of memorisation, but once you reach third year, everything seems to fall together nicely and you start feeling like an actual veterinarian."

Abby Tu (Canada), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

"As a local student, I think I under-utilised the student clubs that were available at the university during my undergraduate degree due to my existing friends in Melbourne. Going into the DVM, I decided I would use this opportunity to become more involved and expand my social circle through the Veterinary Students Society of Victoria (VSSV)… Since my first year in the course, I have attended many different VSSV events. These events helped me to make friends within the cohort, as well as stimulate my own ideas for what the club can provide."

Lachlan Pollock (Australia), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Read more about our DVM students' experience at the University of Melbourne on Discover.

DVM Student Experience FAQs

The major species are cattle, horses, small ruminants (eg. sheep, goats), cats, dogs, and other miscellaneous animals. You will also gain experience working on birds and wildlife. As part of individual students' extramural placements, working with other types of animals is also be possible.

You will need to do work experience (extramural studies) during the course, both on farms and with veterinarians. This is a requirement of the course and it purpose is to enable you to understand how animals are managed on the farm and in our society. Work with veterinarians reinforces other training provided in the course and exposes students to private practices and other veterinary professional activities. The pre-clinical extramural studies ('farm work') is done in vacations between semesters or in the summer vacation of first and second years. Clinical extramural studies are rostered to begin after completion of examinations in third year.

Work experience prior to commencing the DVM is not a selection requirement but is highly recommended and may be used in decisions on admission through assessment of applicants’ personal statements.

Not during the first three years. However, in the fourth year of the course students are encouraged to undertake clinical or professional practice rotations (ie. extramural placements) interstate or overseas.

Many veterinary science students have taken the opportunity to complete their extramural placements overseas. Due to the highly integrated curriculum of the course (and the formal accreditation requirements of the highly structured course) it is generally not possible to undertake coursework at other veterinary science colleges/institutions for course credit toward the DVM.