Animal veterinary biosciences

Why study Animal veterinary biosciences?

Study animal health and welfare, ecology, behaviour, genetics and biotechnology.

This course aims to equip you with knowledge and skills in animal issues and an appreciation of the interactions between animals and humans. You'll complete hands-on studies of both domestic and wild animals and work on a research project or undertake work experience during third year.

Gain hands-on training at our outstanding facilities: a dedicated Animal House, an on-campus farm and the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary.

Career opportunities

You can apply for graduate entry into veterinary science courses or pursue postgraduate studies in animal health and nutrition, zoology or biotechnology-related research.

Our students have found work in theDepartment of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR), the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.


Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time equivalent 3 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Kieren Carmichael,
Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

"I chose my course so that when I graduate I can work in a variety of fields."

Animal veterinary biosciences placements

Third-year students have the chance to undertake work experience or a research project.

The industry cadetship program also allows you to gain paid workplace experience between semesters, giving you the chance to build on your skills and build your career. See cadetship program.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.