Federation University Australia

Bachelor of Veterinary and Wildlife Science

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

This degree offers a regional perspective relevant to local wildlife and animal health, and will also highlight key issues of international relevance by exploring suitable examples and case studies. Laboratory-based learning is supported by fieldwork at sites such as farming and breeding enterprises, animal health practices and natural habitats with wildlife populations.You will study a wide range of topics including anatomy, animal health, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, microbiology, physiology and zoology.In the final year, there is an opportunity for a research project or industry placement to explore your own area of interest and develop advanced technical skills.Please note: - studying this course online does involve compulsory on campus laboratory sessions for some courses.


This course consists of 360 credit points. Students will undertake a mix of theoretical and practical units, consisting of four 15-credit point units per semester. Students will complete 15 core units, and 7 specialisation elective units, and 2 general elective units.


  • Introduction to Nutrition
  • Principles of Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Scientific Practice
  • Systems Biology
  • Scientific Communication
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • General Microbiology
  • Animal Management and Disease
  • Pathophysiology
  • Mammalian Genetics
  • Statistical Methods
  • Immunology
  • Case Studies in Animal Management.

Standard entry requirements

Entry requirements (year 12)Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)PrerequisitesUnits 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English;Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science.This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.Guaranteed ATARThis course has a guaranteed ATAR.If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.This is not a minimum ATAR or the lowest ATAR selection rank.Subject AdjustmentsA study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.Entry requirements (non year 12)Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education StudyThis course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.Compulsory: Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST). Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study. This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience. This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.


You will be prepared for further studies in veterinary science to allow you to practice in the field. Past graduates of this course have been successful in gaining graduate entry into veterinary science. Your eligibility will depend on the university and your results.

Study pathways

TAFE: Diploma graduates Applicants who have completed VCE or its equivalent and who are applying with a science-based diploma, including the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, will be considered. Applicants who have not completed VCE but have completed a science-based diploma will also be considered. Credits may be considered for TAFE awards relevant to the course. Certificate IV graduates: Science-based Certificate IV level studies will be considered. For applicants who have also completed VCE, both qualifications will be considered. No credit is granted for these studies. Federation Access Studies (FAST) - designed to provide you with an alternative entry method into tertiary study.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Berwick International: $90,090 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years
Gippsland (Churchill) International: $90,090 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $90,090 Yes
  • Full-time : 3 years

Further information

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on the program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of the program. Students will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in their region, under supervision. Further information: study.federation.edu.au

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