Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies offers peerless flexibility for the animal and veterinary sciences student who knows what they want. The program’s build-your-own-degree structure allows you to tailor-make your course by mixing and matching subjects offered in postgraduate programs both within Veterinary Science and from other faculties.

Maybe you want to sharpen your skill set in a specific area of veterinary studies. Maybe you want to boost your job prospects in a particular field. Or maybe you need specific training for registration as a specialist. With the one-year Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Studies, you will acquire knowledge, applied skills and techniques in a way that best meets your personal career goals in veterinary science.

You will also be part of an internationally recognised leader in veterinary education with world-class clinics in urban and rural environments. Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney is ranked first in Australia and ninth in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject (2016).

The Diploma in Veterinary Studies can be completed on-campus or in combination with distance units taught in interactive online classrooms. Once you’ve finished, you can continue on with the Master of Veterinary Studies. Some units of study are offered face to face, in classroom, tutorial, and laboratory format, and some are supervised, practical units of study for which you must arrange supervision prior to enrolment. This is not, however, designed to be a fully distance program.

If you're an international student in Australia on a student visa, please note that you are only able to undertake a maximum of 25% of your units in online study toward your degree.

Please note that supervised clinical units of study are only available to students employed by the University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in residency or intern programs. Please check with administrative staff by emailing before choosing your program.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $34,000 total course cost.
International Students: $43,000 per year full-time

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Course codes

CRICOS Code: 058361G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNVETSTD2000

Entry Requirements

IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 6.5 in each band TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 592 overall including a minimum result of 5.0 in Writing TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 96 overall including a minimum result of 20 in Reading, Listening and Speaking and 22 in Writing