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Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Science component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Science
Offered bySchool of Applied Sciences and Engineering
CoordinatorProfessor Mark Sandeman


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Veterinary bioscience investigates interactions between animals and the environment and explores animal function in health and disease. This area of study will be of particular interest to students keen to embark on careers in animal science, animal health, animal ecology and animal management, or for those with a general interest in animal biology.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • exhibit an understanding of production, domestic and wild animals and their interactions with the environment, knowledge of the normal function of animal body systems, and a general understanding of the conditions and infections that affect animal welfare
  • recognise the fundamental role of animal health and welfare in society
  • effectively use the basic vocabulary of veterinary bioscience to communicate with scientific peers and general audiences in written and oral forms
  • display proficiency in the use of appropriate techniques to investigate animal health and disease states
  • apply problem-solving, research and analytical techniques to approach issues that may arise in an animal health setting
  • collect and record data in a logical, organised manner
  • select appropriate formats for data presentation and demonstrate proficiency in quantitative analysis
  • demonstrate an awareness of, and act in accordance with, relevant occupational health and safety issues
  • demonstrate the ability to work effectively in the laboratory, both independently and harmoniously alongside others, and to work collaboratively in small teams
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of an ethical base for scientific research and development in the context of veterinary bioscience.


Level one

Level two

  • BIO2710 Animal management and disease
  • BIO2731 Support and movement
  • ENV2712 Biology and diversity
  • MIC2011 Introduction to microbiology and microbial biotechnology

Level three

  • BIO3132 Biology of Australian vertebrates
  • BIO3712 Case studies in animal management
  • BTH3741 Cell biology and disease
  • BTH3722 Microbiology and disease

Sequence requirements

Minor sequence in veterinary bioscience (24 points)

Major sequence in veterinary bioscience (48 points)

Requirements for honours in veterinary bioscience

  • 24 points of relevant level-three units, of which 18 points are normally units listed above

Additional information

First level BIO and ENV units provide essential foundation knowledge for upper level studies. The ENV units highlight relevant aspects of plant-animal interactions and, together with the first and second level BIO units, provide background knowledge essential for the third level BIO units addressing vertebrate biology and animal behaviour; particularly relevant for students with an interest in animal management. Students will be exposed to examples and case studies that demonstrate application of the scientific method to current animal health and management issues of global importance.

The veterinary bioscience sequence combines well with the ecology and environmental sequences, for students interested in wildlife ecology, or with the applied biochemistry and applied microbiology sequences, for students interested in animal biotechnology.

Students with a strong interest in animal science should also consider course 3541 Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience).

Relevant courses

  • 0050 Bachelor of Science
  • 3541 Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience)