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Graduate degree pathway

How to become a veterinarian

    3 years Bachelor degree
    +
    4 years Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    1. Choose an undergraduate science degree

    You can start with any undergraduate science degree, including:

    • Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne with a major in Production Animal Science, Bachelor of Agriculture students may be eligible for at least 30 credit points towards their first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. OR
    • Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne with a major in Animal Health and Disease (Veterinary Bioscience specialisation).  The Bachelor of Science offers an accelerated pathway, with a full year’s credit towards the first year of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. OR
    • If you choose to study the Bachelor of Biomedicine or an undergraduate degree at another institution, you must complete a semester of biology and a semester of biochemistry.

    2. Enter the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

    Next, you will choose the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine to qualify as a professionally accredited veterinarian.

    The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is a four-year degree, but if you complete the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation within the Animal Health and Disease major in the Bachelor of Science, you will receive a year’s credit, allowing you to complete it in three years.

    The Melbourne Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is Australia's first graduate-entry professional veterinary science qualification based on the latest global thinking in veterinary science practice, teaching and learning.