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Major

Animal Health and Disease

    Major overview

    Overview

    How do you want to help animals? When your best friend gets hurt, will you be there to stitch Fido up? Or will you rush to the stables for a foaling, or work in the lab, tracking disease outbreaks and developing vaccines?

    Whatever you choose, start your journey with Animal Health and Disease, where you’ll learn about animals and their health, behaviour and handling.

    There are two specialisations available in the Animal Health and Disease major: Veterinary Bioscience and Animal Disease Biotechnology

    If you’re looking to become a vet, after successful completion of second-year studies you can specialise in Veterinary Bioscience, a pathway to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. You'll need to have completed VCE Physics 3 and 4, or level 1 Physics subject in your first year or equivalent to be eligible and gain the approval of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences before you can specialise.

    Or you could learn about disease surveillance in animal populations through the Animal Disease Biotechnology specialisation, and help prevent another swine or bird flu epidemic.

    This major will help you develop an understanding of animal health and disease, genetics and biotechnology, disease surveillance, and animal behaviour and handling in the context of veterinary medicine, animal production and management, and animal science research.