Faculty of Veterinary Science Centenary celebrations

The present

For 100 years, we have inspired some of the best minds in the world; today we continue to attract the best and brightest students from across Australia and from over 100 countries in the world.

The Melbourne School of Veterinary Science has graduated more than 2,000 veterinarians, and over 400 postgraduate students. Our alumni practise all over the globe, many taking prominent positions in the veterinary profession, veterinary practice, animal industries and welfare organisations, government veterinary services, research, education and industry.

Our general practice and referral veterinary teaching hospital admits more than 17,000 animals each year, including 15,000 companion animals (small animals) – mostly dogs and cats – and 2,000 horses. These animals, in addition to receiving expert veterinary care, provide a resource for teaching veterinary students the art and science of veterinary practice.

Our current BVSc program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS, UK), and the Australasian Veterinary Boards Council Inc (AVBC). These accreditations reflect the high quality and international standing of the course and permit graduates of the course to work as veterinarians in a wide range of countries including North America.

Our students receive an exceptional education, and are motivated and challenged by an elite, talented team of some 100 professionals, who have come from all over the world to work at the School. These experts have specialist knowledge across a broad range of areas of veterinary and biomedical science, extending from molecular and cell biology to areas of applied veterinary medicine in agricultural production, companion animal medicine, performance activities such as racing and competitive sport, and wildlife management. In 2008, 110 students proudly graduated from the BVSc course, with 95 of these students being female.

Such exceptional students and staff require world-class facilities in which to apply their analytical and enquiring minds to the world’s greatest animal health problems. We are committed to renewing our physical infrastructure and are currently making a number or renovations at the Veterinary School. The large and small lecture theatres at Werribee that we have all come to love (or hate) will not exist after this summer. We have combined the two theatres to provide one large auditorium that will, once completed, be equipped to seat over 200 people, and will have the most modern technology to assist teaching. We have also recently updated the computer teaching laboratories at Parkville and Werribee to facilitate computer-assisted learning.