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La Trobe University

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Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

  • Bachelor

This degree offers you a strong scientific foundation to work with both domesticated and captive wild animals.

Key details

Degree Type
3 - 6 years full-time
Course Code
SBAVB, 060348G
Study Mode
In person

About this course

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. Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad.   La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure.   Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant. College of Science, Health and Engineering students with a third-year elective option in their course have a unique opportunity to enrol in SHE3ISP, with permission from their course coordinator and the subject coordinator.

Entry requirements

Science and psychology courses

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Veterinary Science courses at La Trobe University.
Overall satisfaction
Skill scale
Teaching scale
Employed full-time