Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

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Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This is a three year degree in clinical veterinary science that when successfully completed will make graduates eligible for registration as a veterinarian. The program is at the Masters by coursework level. Students will enter this program after completion of the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program at the University of Adelaide. 

The first two years of the program aim to develop the scientific and technical skills needed to become a veterinarian and include a theme of professional development. The final year is made up of a total of 31 weeks of clinical and practical rotations, forming an intern year to consolidate scientific knowledge and technical skills prior to entering practice. There is also a requirement for a further 26 weeks of extra mural practical work during the program that must be completed prior to graduation.

The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine is an AQF Level 9 (Masters Extended) qualification with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.


Condition of Admission
Q Fever Vaccinations: Students in the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are required to be vaccinated against Q Fever (unless initial skin test indicates pre-existing immunity).
Inherent requirements: Students are required to acknowledge their understanding of the University of Adelaide veterinary programs inherent requirements (see

Condition of Continuing Enrolment
Minimum GPA: A student must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.00.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

There shall be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine .

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 72 units
  2. Work based training / extra mural studies