Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
James Cook University - Townsville

Course outline

This broad-based program encompasses all aspects of existing veterinary practice but with a special focus on tropical and rural practice including tropical animal production. Veterinary science students acquire the knowledge and skills to diagnose, treat and prevent disease in a range of animals, including companion animals, farm animals, aquatic species, and native fauna. Students develop a thorough knowledge of animal production systems, particularly tropical animal husbandry and aquaculture. Clinical training is taken in a variety of settings across north Queensland including Townsville, Cairns, Mackay, Charters Towers and the Atherton Tableland. For most current course information, visit Bachelor of Veterinary Science at JCU.

Other requirements

Students must provide evidence of immunity to Q fever within the first teaching period of their studies, and hold current Provide First Aid and CPR certificates. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for JCU and for this course, refer to the JCU website.


English, Literature, English and Literature Extension or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 and 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 and 4, C); Chemistry (Units 3 and 4, C); Completion of Year 12 or attained age 18 years; Application Form

Fixed closing date

Domestic applicants: QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions close 30 September 2022. International applicants: QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions close 31 August 2022.

Additional entry requirements

In addition to applying through QTAC, applicants must submit a JCU Application Form to the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine. The JCU Application Form is available from

Recommended study
Biology (Units 3 and 4, C)
Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.

Higher education study

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

Work and life experience

Recent secondary education

Recent secondary education admitted solely on the basis of ATAR/Rank

Admitted where both ATAR/Rank and additional criteria were considered

Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/Rank was not a factor

International students

All students

Number of students









Percentage of all students










* “<5" – the number of students is less than 5
# N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

Career opportunities

Small animal practitioner or rural practitioner, disease control, animal production, livestock inspection, research roles in the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture.

Course Code
Start Date
Offer rounds
CSP/$10250 (1st year contribution)
Level of Qualification
Bachelor degree with honours
Study Area
Study Mode
Full time
Course Duration

5 years Full time