La Trobe University

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

Overview

Start dates
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Fees and costs
Please check out our Fee calculator for an estimation of course fees.
This degree offers you a strong scientific foundation to work with both domesticated and captive wild animals. Your studies will go beyond animal health to include ecology, genetics, biotechnology and animal physiology.

You'll complete hands-on studies in animal and agricultural science, microbiology, zoology and metabolic biochemistry. This knowledge provides the basis for further research in the field and is a pathway to postgraduate study in veterinary science.

You'll have access to our wildlife sanctuary, made up of 30 hectares of bushland and home to protected fauna. This fully operating sanctuary offers workshops and seminars on topics such as wetlands ecology and the propagation of indigenous plants.

First year will equip you with science foundations in biology and chemistry. Second year will see you tackle more animal-related subjects such as animal physiology, nutrition and molecular biology.

In third year, you'll continue to deepen your knowledge on animal health, and work on real-life case studies where you'll act as advisers to industry reps on their animal or agricultural business.

Between semesters you may take on paid work experience with any of our industry partners, including government agencies, research houses and start-up ventures. Many students are able to find employment with these companies after graduation.

If you choose to complete your first year at Albury-Wodonga, you'll transfer to Melbourne for the rest of your degree.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Special consideration

A study score of 25 in Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics or any Science equals 4 aggregate points per study. A study score of 20 in any LOTE equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

Advanced standing - credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is the recognition of previous study or learning that can be counted towards a qualification. This can reduce the number of subjects required to complete your course. The amount of credit received depends on the level and relevance of your previous tertiary study and the number of subjects completed.

Visit our Advanced standing information to see if advanced standing is available for this course.

Defer

If you wish to delay your studies until a later time, it may be possible for you to defer. Find out if you can defer.

Career outcomes

Our graduates have gone on to work with Agriculture Australia, the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service and animal welfare organisations such as the RSPCA.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences may apply for membership with Ag Institute Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and scholarships

Course fees

Learn more about the fees for graduate research.

Additional costs

Depending on the subjects chosen, extra costs can include a laboratory coat - about A$30 - and a dissecting kit - about A$40. Students can purchase these items from any supplier; they remain students' personal property.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018. How to apply for an undergraduate degree To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe: - ask us a question - chat online - visit our FAQ page - connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram - call us on 1300 135 045.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.