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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleBSc(VetBioSci)
CRICOS code072003A
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT, 6 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
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  • The maximum time for completion of the course is 10 years, including any periods of intermission. Students cannot take additional units that exceed the 144 credit points required for the course. Students wishing to take additional units can only do so on a single subject basis (full-fee paying basis) with the approval of the faculty.


The course provides specialist training in veterinary bioscience with a focus on wildlife ecology and animal biotechnology. Students study a wide range of topics including anatomy, animal health, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, microbiology, physiology and zoology. The program offers a regionally appropriate perspective relevant to the local wildlife and animal health context and will also highlight key issues of international relevance. This is primarily achieved by the inclusion of suitable examples and case studies. An applied research project enables students to undertake meaningful research and further develop technical skills.


Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge of science across a range of disciplines, with a high level of understanding and appreciation in a broad spectrum of areas relating to veterinary bioscience. Students will have developed quantitative and qualitative research skills and will have an understanding of the importance of an ethical base for scientific research and development activity, particularly in the context of areas such as animal health and ecology.

Course progression requirements

Students must complete the mathematics/statistics requirement at stage one before enrolling in level two science units.


Students will undertake a compulsory research project or industry placement at stage three.


This course comprises core and elective units.


Students must complete all of the following:

Stage one

  • BIO1711 Vertebrate biology
  • BIO1722 Cell biology
  • CHM1011 Chemistry
  • CHM1022 Chemistry
  • ENV1711 Ecological systems and the environment
  • SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning, or STA1010 Statistical methods for science
  • two 6-point elective units

Stage two

  • BIO27x1 Animal management and disease
  • BIO2752 Principles of physiology
  • BTH2741 Biochemistry
  • BTH2752 Cell metabolism
  • ENV2712 Biology and diversity
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology
  • SCI2010 The practice and application of science
  • one 6-point elective unit

Stage three

  • BIO3052 Animal behaviour
  • BIO3132 Biology of Australian vertebrates
  • BTH3722 Microbiology and disease
  • BTH3741 Cell biology and disease
  • SCI3740 Science in action research project, or IBL3xxx Industry placement
  • three 6-point elective units

Note: Students must complete:

  • at least 36 points of science units at level one and at least 24 points of science units at level three
  • no more than 60 points of level one units overall.

Electives may be chosen from any faculty, including units offered for other science courses.


Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)