If you’ve got your heart set on becoming a Veterinarian, Murdoch University offer the combined Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, this degree is accredited by the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC)
You can apply straight out of high school then graduate in 5 years time as a qualified Veterinarian ready to register in the state where you’d like to practice.
As with other Veterinary Science degrees, entry is competitive, you’ll need:
- an ATAR of 98.00
- to complete a TISC application
- provide supplementary information including: a current CV, references, work experience, certificates or academic transcripts; plus a 500 word statement outlining your skills and motivations.
(Note: the statement is an important part of the application so you’ll want to make it great).
When we spoke with the Future Students team at Murdoch, they also let us know about an alternative pathway into Veterinary Science. So if you’re worried that you won’t achieve a 98.00+ ATAR, there is another way.
You could list the Bachelor of Agricultural Science as your second preference. Complete the first year of study which is very similar to the first year of the Vet Science program. Then apply for an internal transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program.
The Bachelor of Ag Science only requires an entry ATAR of 70.00; but don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy option.
You’ll need to work hard
This pathway, understandably, is also incredibly competitive. To be successful for the transfer you’ll still need to provide the 500 word statement.
You’ll also need to maintain great grades throughout your first year of study with a Distinction or preferably High Distinction.
And on top of that, it’s recommended that you get a part time job or volunteer in a veterinary practice, animal shelter, or other animal focused environment.
If you study hard and show all the qualities of a great Vet in the making, then this alternative pathway could help you graduate as a Vet in 5 years too.