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Key to the tables

P Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete to a defined standard (or have waived) before your enrolment in another course is confirmed.

C Corequisite: Course(s) that must be completed in the same semester as another course, unless already passed or waived.

R Restriction: Similar courses, that cannot both be credited to the same qualification.

The Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science
BVSc

Qualification Regulations

Part I

These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, and Graduate Certificates.

Part II

Admission

The Bachelor of Veterinary Science consists of two parts, being a pre-selection phase followed by the professional phase.

1. Admission to the pre-selection phase of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science requires that the candidate will meet the University admission requirements as specified.

2. Entry to the professional phase is by selection in accordance with criteria established by the Veterinary Science Student Selection Committee, which will include consideration of academic performance, relevant experience and a selection process that may include a written application, interview, and practical components.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 13 candidates seeking admission or re-admission into the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science after the second examination, will be ranked in accordance with the criteria outlined under the Transfer and Re-Entry Policy for the Degree and may only be (re)admitted should sufficient places be available.

4. Candidates who are excluded from the programme may be readmitted only with the approval of the Academic Board and under such conditions as it may determine.

Qualification Requirements

5. Candidates for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science shall follow a fixed programme of study, over at least 5 years, which shall consist of courses totalling at least 600 credits, comprising a first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth examination. The subjects of the examinations are prescribed in the Schedule to the degree.

6. Notwithstanding Regulation 12, a candidate who has satisfied the requirements in a subject for any examination at a university or other tertiary institution where, in the opinion of the Academic Board, the content and standard are substantially the same as for the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science may, subject to the approval of, and under conditions required by, the Programme Director, be given credit for that subject.

7. Candidates may at the discretion of Academic Board, be permitted to enrol into the Bachelor of Veterinary Science after the second examination, but no later than the start of the fifth examination, subject to:

(a) being in good standing in a recognised Veterinary Science degree programme or equivalent; and

(b) having passed with sufficient merit, subjects to be transfer credited with specified or unspecified courses not exceeding 360 credits.

Specialisations

8. The Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science is awarded without specialisation.

Academic Requirements

9. Every candidate for the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science shall perform to the satisfaction of the Academic Board, approved practical work in accordance with the following courses and as specified by regulations 18 to 24:

(a) 227.110 Farm Practical Training;

(b) 227.310 Farm Practical Work;

(c) 227.410 Veterinary Practical Work.

Credit will be given only for the practical work completed in accordance with the conditions detailed by the Veterinary Practical Work Committee.

Student Progression

10. After the first examination, no candidate for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science may commence the programme for, or present themselves for, any examination until they have passed in all the subjects of the previous examination.

11. The Academic Board may, under such conditions as it may determine and taking into account the recommendations of the examiners, admit any candidate to a supplementary examination in a subject or subjects in which the candidate failed to gain a pass.

12. Except for supplementary examinations, a candidate must be offered all subjects of an examination at the one examination.

13. Candidates must present themselves for examinations in consecutive academic years; unless approved in writing by the Programme Director.

14. The Bachelor of Veterinary Science may be awarded with Distinction to the top 15 percent of the final year class, based on the grade average achieved upon first attempt over the fourth, fifth and sixth examinations.

Completion Requirements

15. A candidate's programme of study may not exceed eight years from the date of first enrolment in the professional phase of the Bachelor of Veterinary Science, unless a specified time of suspension or extension has been approved by the Academic Board. Permission must be sought in advance of any suspension or extension by applying in writing to the Programme Director. Suspensions or extensions granted will appear on the academic record.

16. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes; candidates who do not meet the requirements for graduation may, subject to the approval of Academic Board, be awarded an exit qualification should they meet the relevant qualification requirements.

Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

17. For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science, the following will lead to exclusion from that programme:

(a) failure of the Second Examination;

(b) failure to pass either the Third, Fourth, Fifth, or Sixth Examination in two successive attempts;

(c) failure to complete the requirements of the Degree within 8 years from the date of first enrolment in the professional phase of the Degree.

(d) Persons excluded under clause 17(b) and 17(c) will only be re-admitted to the BVSc programme with approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

(e) Persons excluded twice under clause 17(b) above will not be permitted to re-enrol for the BVSc degree.

Transitional Provisions

18. Candidates who are re-entering the degree under regulations 3 and 4 must satisfy the requirements specified in these regulations. From the point of re-entry into the degree, candidates re-entering the degree at the beginning of the third examination must, in addition, successfully complete 227.110 Farm Practical Training.

19. Candidates who commenced their study under the 2012 or earlier regulations, and who are required to repeat an examination, must satisfy the requirements of these regulations, as specified in the Schedule to the Degree. From the start of the examination being repeated candidates repeating the third examination must, in addition, successfully complete 227.110 Farm Practical Training.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Subjects for Examination

Pre-Selection Phase

First Examination

123.101 Chemistry and Living Systems 15 credits R 123.171
124.111 Physics for Life Sciences 15 credits R 124.101, 124.171
162.101 Biology of Cells 15 credits  
199.101 Biology of Animals 15 credits  

Professional Phase

Second Examination

227.110 Farm Practical Training 0 credits  
227.111 Biochemistry for Veterinary Science 12 credits  
227.112 Veterinary Structure & Function I 13 credits  
227.113 Animal Production, Behaviour, Welfare and Handling 16 credits  
227.114 Veterinary Professional Studies 7 credits  
227.115 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science I 12 credits  

Third Examination

227.212 Animal Production for Veterinarians I 15 credits  
227.213 Introductory Veterinary Clinical Studies I 10 credits  
227.214 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science II 12 credits  
227.215 Animal Production for Veterinarians II 15 credits  
227.216 Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases I 10 credits  
227.217 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science III 12 credits  
227.218 Veterinary Structure and Function IIa 23 credits  
227.219 Veterinary Structure and Function IIb 23 credits  

Fourth Examination

227.310 BVSc Farm Practical Work 0 credits  
227.311 Farm Animal Population Health and Production 22 credits  
227.312 Veterinary Infectious and Parasitic Diseases II 19 credits  
227.313 Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology I 21 credits  
227.314 Introductory Veterinary Clinical Studies II 16 credits  
227.316 Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics I 18 credits  
227.317 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science V 12 credits  
227.325 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science IV 12 credits  

Fifth Examination

227.410 BVSc Veterinary Practical Work 0 credits  
227.411 Veterinary Anatomic and Clinical Pathology II 16 credits  
227.412 Integrative Studies in Infectious Diseases 6 credits  
227.413 Cattle Health, Production, Population Medicine and Therapeutics 12 credits  
227.414 Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics II 25 credits  
227.416 Integrative Studies in Farm Animal Production Medicine 12 credits  
227.417 Small Animal and Equine Medicine, Surgery and Therapeutics III 25 credits  
227.418 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VII 12 credits  
227.425 Integrative Studies in Veterinary Science VI 12 credits  

Sixth Examination

227.511 Veterinary Clinics and Public Health 120 credits  

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