Melbourne DVM prerequisites

The University of Melbourne Veterinary School's Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) is always a popular choice among our OzTREKK students. As with many graduate degrees, it has prerequisites that are required in order for students to be eligible for entry into the program.

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Eligible applicants must have completed
  • an undergraduate science degree (minimum three-year degree); and
  • prerequisite subjects including at least one semester of study in each of cell biology or general biology, and biochemistry.
The specific prerequisites for graduates are at least one semester of study in each of biology (cellular or general) and biochemistry. A list of approved biochemistry subjects offered by other institutions which are deemed equivalent to Biochemistry at the University of Melbourne is available at Just scroll down to “Have you already assessed my Subjects?” and click on “International.”

Acceptable undergraduate science degrees at Canadian universities include science degrees with majors in Agriculture, Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Physiology or Zoology.

Selection into the Melbourne DVM will be primarily based on academic achievement. Selection will be based on results (grades) obtained in your final year undergraduate science subjects as well as your second last year (penultimate) undergraduate science subjects, weighted 75:25 toward the final year subjects. Applicants with a 75% average or above should apply.

Applicants should submit detailed course outlines (i.e., course syllabus) to OzTREKK for their cell biology/general biology and biochemistry subjects, to assist the university in determining whether the applicant has completed the program prerequisites.

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews in order to clarify aspects of an applicant’s application, and students may be asked to provide references or evidence to demonstrate their interest in a veterinary career.

Part of the selection criteria for entry in 2014 and beyond will be consideration of an applicant’s personal statement explaining his or her interest in pursuing a career in the veterinary science profession and demonstrating his or her commitment to animal health and welfare. This statement can include details of relevant work experience (paid and unpaid).

Applicants must be familiar with the Core Participation Requirements statement of the DVM.  The course is intellectually and physically demanding and applicants must declare that they are fit for study. Applicants must also agree to undertake an approved Animal Handling and Safety course prior to commencing farm and clinical work, and the must agree to be vaccinated against Q Fever and tetanus. A core requirement of the course includes site visits to abattoirs and vaccination against Q Fever is a pre-condition of attending these visits. Applicants must also agree to the use of animals in teaching. There are no exemptions to this requirement.

University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program


Program title: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February/early March
Program duration: 4 years
Application deadline: December 20, 2013. OzTREKK note: If you are interested in the Melbourne DVM program for the 2014 intake, it is advised that you apply as soon as possible in order to allow yourself time for the pre-departure process should you receive an offer.


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