Veterinary technology

Why study with us?

  • UQ has the oldest and most sought after veterinary technology specialisation in the country.
  • The Gatton campus provides access to leading researchers and innovative industry practice with some of the best veterinary teaching facilities available in the world.
  • Ranked in the world's top 50, The University of Queensland is one of Australia's leading research and teaching institutions.
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Why choose veterinary technology?

Do you want to care for companion and production animals? Would you love to perform routine laboratory and clinical support procedures for veterinary radiology, anaesthesia, surgery, pathology, clinical pathology, nutrition, veterinary therapeutics and professional communications?

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology program allows you to study and acquire skills as a paraveterinary healthcare specialist, learning from internationally regarded academics using world-class facilities.

Veterinary Technology is an emerging profession in Australia and overseas with exciting career prospects.

This program will prepare you for employment within the veterinary industry in areas such as veterinary practice, animal health, biosecurity, veterinary pharmaceutical companies, animal nutrition companies, government agencies, research institutions and the livestock sector.

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As a veterinary technologist you will be an integral member of an animal healthcare team caring for and handling companion and production animals. You will gain the skills necessary for routine laboratory and clinical support procedures for veterinary radiology, anaesthesia, surgery, pathology, clinical pathology, nutrition, veterinary therapeutics and professional communications.

During your studies you will learn handling, welfare and behaviour of animals, as well as clinical aspects of small and large animal health, applied and clinical nutrition, veterinary pharmacology, pathology and therapeutics, surgical nursing and practice management. You will also develop advanced skills in critical thinking, problem solving and self-directed learning, to prepare you for supervisory and management roles when you graduate.

You can expect to complete at least 80 hours of practical sessions in both firrst and second year, with Industry Practical Work placements of 30 days. In your third year, you can expect a similar practical load to previous years, in adition to about 400 hours of clinical placements.

You can also enrol in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing ACM40418 at the same time, through UQ Skills.

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Are you excited about science and research? Our Honours programs give you the opportunity to pursue an independent research project in your area of interest under the supervision of an academic staff member.

You will learn about the research environment, how to plan a project, how to perform critical experiments and analyse data, and how to communicate and present your results. You will take courses on statistics and experimental design as well as scientific writing, and apply the skills developed to your own research project which will comprise the bulk of your time. Honours is very much about doing your own research under the supervision of an experienced researcher who will guide and advise you. Good research projects may result in a publication at the end of the honours which will provide you with a great start to a research career.

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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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