Animal and veterinary bioscience


    Why study with us?

    • The Gatton campus provides access to leading researchers and innovative industry practice with purpose-built facilities.
    •  One of the advantages of undertaking a major within the Bachelor of Science at UQ is that students get to specialise within a generalist degree. This means that while students undertake focussed studies in a particular area (their major or extended major), they also have the freedom to pursue a range of other interests.
    • UQ’s Gatton campus offers an extensive range of courses on production animals, horses, agriculture and wildlife.
    • Students are also free to take courses from the St Lucia campus where hundreds of additional courses are available (subject to timetabling constraints and delivery mode).
    • UQ is ranked in the world's top 50 universities (of more than 10,000) as measured through several major independent university rankings, including the US News Best Global Universities RankingsQS World University Rankings and NTU Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities.
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    Why choose animal and veterinary bioscience?

    Animal and veterinary bioscience provides graduates with many options. If you complete this major, your employment opportunities will be broad and varied. Animal health, welfare, genetics, nutrition, production and management of domesticated, wild or captive animals including the pharmaceutical, tourism, agricultural, environmental, and recreation sectors are some of the potential employment destinations for graduates. They will also be employable through human biomedical industries and government departments.

    Animal and veterinary bioscience is also an excellent option for students interested in progressing to the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Hons). Bachelor of Science students may be eligible to apply for tertiary transfer to the BVSc (Hons) after completing a year of the BSc. Some of the first year courses are co-taught with the veterinary science students and if successful in applying for a transfer, students may receive credit for these courses. This is the only pathway into the veterinary science program, which can provide any direct credit. If students are not successful in entering the BVSc (Hons) at this point, students may elect to continue to improve their grades and attempt entry at other points including once they complete their Animal and Veterinary Biosciences major. In this event, and providing the student is accepted into the program, additional credit may be possible.

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    Animal and veterinary bioscience can be studied as a major or an extended major in the Bachelor of Science which was introduced to UQ’s Gatton campus in 2014.

    The BSc Animal and Veterinary Bioscience provides training in all aspects of the biology of animals, with a focus on production animals. It includes courses in chemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition and genetics. It examines animals from the molecular scale through cells and tissues to whole animal biology and beyond to populations and takes advantage of the world-quality facilities at the Gatton campus. Students are also introduced to concepts necessary for understanding animal disease (immunology, pathogens, and mechanisms of disease) as well as how animal health is linked both to the environment and human health (One Health).

    Contact an academic adviser for advice about choosing your first year BSc courses to make sure you keep your options open in case you are unsuccessful in gaining a place in BVSc (Hons). If you have not passed senior Physics you must pass PHYS1171 in your first year.


    If you are excited about science and research, the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program will give you the chance to pursue an independent research project in your area of interest under the supervision of an academic staff member.

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    Higher degree by research

    Our higher degree by research programs provide research training in a way that fosters the development of independent research skills in candidates. Both the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in a large number of disciplines including but not limited to: Humanities; Social Sciences; Arts; Business; Law; Architecture; Science; Engineering; Agriculture; Medicine; Health and Behavioural Science; Biomedical Science; Information Technology.

    The MPhil thesis provides evidence of significant research as the culmination of 1-2 years full-time equivalent study and research training. Whereas, the doctoral thesis provides evidence of a contribution to knowledge with a level of originality consistent with 3-4 years of full-time study and research training. The doctoral thesis also demonstrates a candidate's capacity for critical analysis and that he or she is capable of pursuing scholarly and programmatic research.

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