Monash University

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Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 7, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate broad knowledge and technical skills in at least one area of science that contributes to the animal sciences and a basic understanding of animal research and veterinary practice
  • generate, develop, apply and integrate scientific knowledge from within disciplines related to animal science to analyse challenges and to develop effective solutions in a professional context
  • collect, organise, analyse, interpret and present data meaningfully, using mathematical and statistical tools as appropriate to the discipline of specialisation
  • convey ideas and results effectively to diverse audiences and in a variety of formats
  • work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives
  • exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen

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 consists of core and elective units.


Students must complete all of the following:

Stage one

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

Stage two

  • BIO2710 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 Scientific practice and communication
  • one 6-point elective unit

Stage three

  • BIO3052 Animal behaviour
  • BIO3132 Biology of Australian vertebrates
  • BTH3722 Medical microbiology
  • BTH3741 Medical cell biology
  • SCI3990 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)