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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 Undergraduate Student Selection Sub-Committee, which will include consideration of academic performance, non-academic performance and relevant experience.

3. Notwithstanding Regulation 12 candidates seeking admission or re-admission into the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science after the first year (100-level), will be prioritised in accordance with the criteria outlined under the Progression, Re-Entry and Transfer Policy for the Degree and may only be (re)admitted should sufficient places be available.

Qualification Requirements

4. 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, and fifth year (100-, 200-, 300-, 400-, and 500- level). The courses for each year are prescribed in the Schedule to the Degree.

5. Notwithstanding Regulation 9, a candidate who has satisfied the requirements for a subject or course 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.

6. Candidates may, at the discretion of Academic Board, be permitted to enrol into the Bachelor of Veterinary Science after the first year, but no later than the start of the fourth year, subject to:

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

(b) having passed, with sufficient merit, courses recognised as equivalent to specified BVSc courses or unspecified credit, not exceeding 360 credits.

Specialisations

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

Academic Requirements

8. 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:

(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

9. Candidates must pass all courses offered in each year of the programme before progressing to the next year of the programme. This includes all zero-credited courses. In special circumstances, 227.110 may be deferred until the second year of the programme with permission of the Programme Director but must be passed no later than 31 December of the BVSc2 year before the candidate may progress to the next year of the programme. 

10. The Academic Board (or its delegate) may admit any candidate to a supplementary assessment in a subject or subjects in which the candidate failed to gain a pass, in accordance with the BVSc Supplementary Assessment Policy.

11. The Academic Board may grant students a compensated pass with a C- grade for any one course in a year in the light of their overall performance for the year, where either of the following conditions apply:

(a) only that course in the year is failed with either an overall mark of at least 48% and at least a C+ grade pass has been obtained in all other courses in the year; or

(b) for an assessment with a compulsory minimum mark, the attained mark is no more than 2 percentage points below the minimum required, at least a C+ grade has been obtained for all other assessments for that course, and the minimum marks have been achieved in all other courses that year.

12. Candidates must re-enrol in consecutive academic years unless approved in writing by the Programme Director.

13. 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 in 300-, 400- and 500-level courses.

Completion Requirements

14. A candidate's programme of study may not exceed 8 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. Extensions granted will appear on the candidate's academic record.

15. 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

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

(a) failure of the first semester of the professional phase of the programme;

(b) failure of the same year in two successive attempts;

(c) failure of any two years of the programme;

(d) not passing all courses in a year on the first attempt (i.e. without supplementary assessments or repeating the year) in any 3 years of the programme;

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

(f) Persons excluded under clause 16(a) or 16(e) will only be re-admitted to the BVSc programme with approval of Academic Board under such conditions as it may determine.

(g) Persons excluded under clause 16(b) or 16(c) or 16(d) above will not be permitted to re-enrol for the BVSc degree.​

17. Breaches of professional conduct:

For candidates enrolled in the Degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Science, any one of the following may lead to exclusion from that programme:

(a) being subject to criminal charges; or

(b) being subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body; or

(c) significant or repeated breaches of the Veterinary Student Code of Conduct.

Transitional Provisions

18. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in the Part I regulations for the degree, candidates enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science prior to 2019 who have taken 227.211 may substitute this course for 227.218 and 227.219. These transitional arrangements expire on 31 December 2022.

19. Subject to the Maximum Time to Completion and Abandonment of Studies provisions specified in Part I regulations for the degree, candidates who were enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Science prior to January 2020 may be exempt from the Regulation 16 (c) and 16 (d) until December 2024.

Schedule for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Pre-Selection Phase

First Year

123.104 Chemistry for Biological Systems 15 credits
R 123.101, 123.171

124.103 Biophysical Principles 15 credits
R 160.101, 160.102, 160.103, 160.104, 160.105, 160.111, 160.112, 160.132, 160.133, 124.100, 124.104, 124.105, 124.111

162.101 Cell Biology 15 credits

199.103 Animals and the Environment 15 credits
R 199.101

Professional Phase

First Year

227.106 Veterinary Biochemistry 15 credits
R 122.102, 122.106, 122.222, 227.111

227.107 Animal Behaviour and Welfare for Veterinary Science 15 credits

227.108 Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy 15 credits
P 124.103, (123.101 or 123.103), 162.101, (199.101 or 199.104)

227.109 Introduction to Veterinary Physiology 15 credits

227.110 Farm Practical Training 0 credits

Second Year

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

Third year

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

Fourth Year

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

Fifth Year

227.511 Veterinary Clinics and Public Health 120 credits

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