Where will this take me?


From 2021, the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation will become a separate major in the Bachelor of Science (subject to approval).
The subjects required for the Veterinary Bioscience major and the Animal Health and Disease major will also be changing.
Please check back in mid-November 2020 for these updates.

After completing the Animal Health and Disease major in the Bachelor of Science, you’ll be well placed to move into the workforce, further study, or graduate research.

Career outcomes

This major is the first step towards a career as a veterinarian (after completing the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine).

It can also lead to a rewarding career in veterinary or animal research, animal welfare, animal agriculture, and the increasingly important areas of disease surveillance and biosecurity.

Further study

You can complete an honours year in Veterinary Bioscience as part of your Bachelor of Science, or you can immediately move into graduate studies.


After completing the Bachelor of Science with a major in Animal Health and Disease (Veterinary Bioscience specialisation), the next step to becoming a vet is to complete the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

You’ll receive a full year’s credit in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine if you enter the course this way. It’s also possible to apply as a graduate of the Bachelor of Science (or other degrees) , but you will not be granted credit towards completion of your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Read more about how to become a veterinarian at the University of Melbourne.


Depending on the subjects you take in your undergraduate degree, a range of other graduate study options may be possible – in fields as diverse as science and technology, agriculture, health sciences, teaching, law, business, humanities and more.


If you complete an honours year or a masters course with a significant research component, you can go on to study a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), or another graduate research program.

This will set you up for a rewarding career in research with a University, research institute, consulting company or not-for-profit.