future students

Thank you! Your submission has been received!

Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form

search

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

Animal and Veterinary Science

Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

TAFE articulated program
TAFE integrated program

Thank you, your enquiry has been received.

You will be contacted regarding your request within two working days.

If you don't hear back please give us a call on 1800 334 733.

Capitalise on science and technology advancements to improve animal health and welfare with CSU’s Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

Develop transferable skills valued across a range of settings, including working in a veterinary surgery, diagnostic labs, zoos, horse studs, cattle feedlots or the poultry industry. These are just some of the diverse careers the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology will qualify you for - both across Australia and overseas.

The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is unique in Australia, combining both TAFE and university study and responding to predicted growth trends in the veterinary services industry. 

Equip yourself with a degree to work in quality companion animal care, help meet veterinary requirements in animal production systems or become part of significant advances in reproductive technologies.

A degree qualification is already required for veterinary technologists in Canada, the UK and the USA. This qualification has the potential to take you on career-expanding working holidays across the globe and position you at the forefront of new technologies and discoveries.

  • Why study this course?

    Reasons to study with CSU:

    • boost your job prospects by graduating with two qualifications: a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology from CSU and a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing from GOTAFE, Victoria
    • receive at least four subject credits if you already have a Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
    • gain valuable work placement experience at veterinary clinics and farms during the course, and learn and socialise with other students at the residential school in Wangaratta
    • hone your practical skills at CSU’s world class animal-handling facilities, veterinary clinical and pre-clinical centres, and teaching hospital
    • benefit from great staff to student ratios, ensuring you receive individual help and assistance throughout the course
    • work overseas with a highly sought-after degree. 

    What will I learn?

    CSU's Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, in addition to a general stream, offers specialist streams in clinical technology, large animal technology and practice management. This enables you to tailor your career for the future.

    Other study areas include animal handling, animal welfare, animal nutrition, anatomy and physiology, clinical examination skills, communication, ethics and moral issues in the animal care and veterinary services industries, animal reproduction technologies and emergency management and critical care procedures.

    Importantly, the degree also encourages the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills and encourages self-directed learning, preparing you for supervisory and management roles.

    Industry consultation

    The course has been developed in collaboration with representatives from veterinary practices, pig, poultry and dairy industries, horse studs, animal welfare organisations and zoos. Practical experience across a range of settings ensures you graduate work-ready with in-demand skills.

    Residential schools

    Your theoretical learning will be complemented with residential schools for online subjects. Students studying online will come to the Wangaratta campus to develop practical skills, complete hands-on learning activities and meet other students and staff.

    GOTAFE logoTAFE integrated program

    Students who have not completed a TAFE Certificate IV in Nursing, such as high school graduates, follow the integrated program and will concurrently enrol in the Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing through Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) and the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology at CSU. If you are already qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, you will receive at least a 4-subject credit.

  • Career opportunities

    As a graduate of CSU's Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, you will be ready to work as a veterinary technologist or paraprofessional in a range of animal care settings.

    These may include:

    • private and specialist veterinary clinics
    • practice management
    • thoroughbred or standard bred stud farms
    • animal research
    • intensive animal industries
    • pharmaceutical companies
    • zoo and wildlife parks

    Graduates can also pursue postgraduate study options, including Honours, Masters and Higher Degrees by Research, or postgraduate business qualifications.

    Specific job outcomes may include:
    • veterinary technologist:
      • small animal
      • equine
      • production animal
      • zoo and wildlife
      • emergency and critical care
      • surgery
    • practice manager
    • business manager
    • animal welfare officer
    • technical officer
    • animal health officer
    • pharmaceutical representative
    • intensive industries (poultry/pigs)
    • animal research laboratory officer
    • pedigree analyst.
    There are also attractive career progressions options such as:
    • academic (internationally)
    • agribusiness consultant
    • behaviourist
    • geneticist
    • nutritionist
    • researcher.
  • Credit and pathways

    TAFE credit packages

    Students in the TAFE articulated program will receive a credit package for their completed TAFE qualifications:

    • Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing - ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care; ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing; ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures and Veterinary Nursing; and ASC183 Foundations Veterinary Surgical Nursing (32 points).
    • Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) - ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care; ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing; ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures and Veterinary Nursing; and ASC183 Foundations Veterinary Surgical Nursing (32 points) + ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing (8 points).
    • Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (Emergency and Critical Care) - ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care; ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing; ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures and Veterinary Nursing; and ASC183 Foundations Veterinary Surgical Nursing (32 points) + ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing (8 points).
      Alternative pathways

      For students who do not have an ATAR or a veterinary nursing qualification, there are a number of alternative pathways into this degree.

      If you have completed any of the following you will meet the entry requirements for this degree (you will not be eligible for any credits):

      Certificate IV qualification in any field

      Diploma in any field

      passed at least two subjects from a university degree.

      Applicants with one of the above can apply direct to CSU and provide a copy of your academic transcript at the time of application.

      If you do not meet any of the above entry requirements we recommend you undertake the Single Subject Study pathway to meet the entry requirements for the degree. Contact CSU for further information on which subjects to study in this pathway.

    • Workplace learning

      Workplace learning is an integral part of this course, and is included in a number of subjects, depending on the stream you select.

      Your workplace learning experiences will range from five to 15 days in duration, and can be undertaken in a range of settings related to your theoretical study, helping you apply what you are learning in the course to real life settings.

      Travel, accommodation and other expenses associated with workplace learning experiences are the responsibility of the student.

      Facilities

      CSU's Wagga Wagga and Wangaratta sites have excellent facilities for students in Animal and Veterinary Sciences courses. You will work with animals in paddocks just outside the classroom on our campus farm, as well as use state-of-the-art laboratory and clinical facilities.

      Facilities at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus include purpose-built clinical and pre-clinical centres, an Equine Centre, museums and laboratories where you will work with real animals on campus.

      CSU in Wangaratta has similar animal and veterinary sciences facilities, with a laboratory and clinical spaces, plus specialist veterinary technology simulated training equipment.

    • Subjects

      The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

      Course structure

      To graduate with a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology students must satisfactorily complete 192 subject points

      Core subjects = 144 points
      Minor (streams) = 48 points

      Core Subjects (144 points)
      • ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      • ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care - includes WPL
      • ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing - includes WPL
      • ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures and Veterinary Nursing
      • ASC183 Foundations in Veterinary Surgical Nursing
      • ASC221 Animal Genetics
      • ASC261 Animal Reproduction
      • ASC273 Animal Nutrition
      • ASC280 Diagnostics for Veterinary Technologists - includes WPL
      • ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology
      • ASC350 Animal Health
      • ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 - includes WPL
      • ASC390 Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession
      • BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
      • CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
      • MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
      • VSC112 Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
      • VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology

      Minor (stream) subjects (48 points)

      Large Animal Technology
      3 x 8 points core subjects

      • ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing - includes WPL
      • ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing - includes WPL
      • VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition or ASC412 Equine Nutrition
      3 x 8 points restricted electives

      Clinical Technology
      5 x 8 points core subjects

      • ASC381 Industry Practicum 2 - includes WPL
      • ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing - includes WPL
      • ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing - includes WPL
      • ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing - includes WPL
      • VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition
      1 x 8 points restricted elective

      Practice Management
      6 x 8 points core subjects

      • ACC100 Accounting 1
      • ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
      • HRM210 Human Resource Management
      • MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
      • MGT220 eCommerce
      • MKT110 Marketing and Society

      General
      6 x 8 points subjects selected from any of the Year 3 year options (core and restricted electives) available in the other streams (and where not restricted due to prerequisites).

      Restricted electives (all 8 points):
      ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business (Session 2 or Session 3)
      AGB310 Agricultural Marketing (Session 1)
      AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management (Session 1)
      ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management (Session 2)
      ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies (Session 2)
      ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology (Session 2)
      ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare (Session 2)
      HRM210 Human Resource Management (Session 1)
      PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands (Session 2)
       

      Enrolment pattern

      Integrated Program

      Full Time Enrolment Pattern

      Year 1

      Session 1
      ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care
      CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
      VSC112 Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
      Session 2
      ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures and Veterinary Nursing
      ASC183 Foundations in Veterinary Surgical Nursing
      ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
      Session 3
      ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing


      Year 2

      Session 1
      ASC261 Animal Reproduction
      ASC280 Diagnostics for Veterinary Technologists
      ASC350 Animal Health
      BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
      Session 2
      ASC221 Animal Genetics
      ASC273 Animal Nutrition
      ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology
      VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
      Session 3
      ASC390 Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession


      Year 3

      Large Animal Technology stream

      Session 1
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing
      ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing
      VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition or ASC412 Equine Nutrition
      [ ] Restricted Elective 1 or ASC380 Industry Practicum 1
      Session 2
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 and/or [ ] Restricted Elective 1
      [ ] Restricted Elective 2
      [ ] Restricted Elective 3
      Clinical Technology stream
      Session 1
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing
      ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing
      VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition
      [ ] Restricted Elective or ASC380 Industry Practicum 1
      Session 2
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or [ ] Restricted Elective
      ASC381 Industry Practicum 2
      ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
      Practice Management Stream
      Session 1
      ACC100 Accounting 1
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 (or could be completed in Session 2)
      HRM210 Human Resource Management
      MGT220 eCommerce
      Session 2
      ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
      MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
      MKT110 Marketing and Society


      General stream
      Any combination of core or restricted electives available from the other streams.

      Part Time Enrolment Pattern

      Year 1

      Session 1
      CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
      VSC112 Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
      Session 2
      ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology


      Year 2

      Session 1
      ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care
      Session 2
      ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures and Veterinary Nursing
      ASC183 Foundations in Veterinary Surgical Nursing
      Session 3
      ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing


      Year 3

      Session 1
      ASC350 Animal Health
      BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
      Session 2
      ASC273 Animal Nutrition
      ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology

      Year 4

      Session 1
      ASC261 Animal Reproduction
      ASC280 Diagnostics for Veterinary Technologists
      Session 2
      VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
      [ ] Restricted Elective 1 or MKT110 Marketing and Society
      Session 3
      ASC390 Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession


      Year 5

      Session 1
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing or ACC100 Accounting 1
      VC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing or MGT220 eCommerce
      Session 2
      [ ] Restricted Elective 2 or ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing or MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
      [ ] Restricted Elective 3 or ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
      Session 3
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or ASC381 Industry Practicum 2 or ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business


      Year 6

      Session 1
      VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition or HRM210 Human Resource Management
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or ASC381 Industry Practicum 2
      Articulated Program (have already completed Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing)


      Full Time Enrolment Pattern

      Year 1

      Session 1
      CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
      VSC112 Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
      ASC280 Diagnostics for Veterinary Technologists

      Session 2
      ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      MRC101 Introduction to Microbiology
      ASC221 Animal Genetics


      Year 2

      Session 1
      ASC261 Animal Reproduction
      ASC350 Animal Health
      BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
      Session 2
      ASC273 Animal Nutrition
      ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology
      VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
      Session 3
      ASC390 Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession


      Year 3

      Large Animal Technology stream


      Session 1
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing
      ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing
      VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition or ASC412 Equine Nutrition
      [ ] Restricted Elective 1 or ASC380 Industry Practicum 1
      Session 2
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 and/or [ ] Restricted Elective 1
      [ ] Restricted Elective 2
      [ ] Restricted Elective 3


      Clinical Technology stream

      Session 1
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing
      ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing
      VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition
      [ ] Restricted Elective or ASC380 Industry Practicum 1
      Session 2
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or [ ] Restricted Elective
      ASC381 Industry Practicum 2
      ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing


      Practice Management Stream

      Session 1
      ACC100 Accounting 1
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 (or could be completed in Session 2)
      HRM210 Human Resource Management
      MGT220 eCommerce
      Session 2
      ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
      MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
      MKT110 Marketing and Society


      General Stream
      Any combination of core or restricted electives available from the other streams.

      Part Time Enrolment Pattern

      Year 1

      Session 1
      CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
      VSC112 Animal Behaviour, Welfare and Ethics
      Session 2
      ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology

      Year 2

      Session 1
      ASC350 Animal Health
      BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
      Session 2
      ASC273 Animal Nutrition
      ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology

      Year 3

      Session 1
      ASC261 Animal Reproduction
      ASC280 Diagnostics for Veterinary Technologists
      Session 2
      VSC114 Applied Veterinary Epidemiology
      [ ] Restricted Elective 1 or MKT110 Marketing and Society
      Session 3
      ASC390 Transition to the Veterinary Technology Profession


      Year 4

      Session 1
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing or ACC100 Accounting 1
      VC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing or MGT220 eCommerce
      Session 2
      [ ] Restricted Elective 2 or ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing or MGT210 Organisational Behaviour
      [ ] Restricted Elective 3 or ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business
      Session 3
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or ASC381 Industry Practicum 2 or ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business


      Year 5

      Session 1
      VSC332 Applied Animal Nutrition or HRM210 Human Resource Management
      ASC380 Industry Practicum 1 or ASC381 Industry Practicum 2
      Restricted electives:
      ACC240 Financial Management of Small Business (Session 2 or Session 3)
      AGB310 Agricultural Marketing (Session 1)
      AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management (Session 1)
      ASC201 Equine Reproduction and Breeding Management (Session 2)
      ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies (Session 2)
      ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology (Session 2)
      ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare (Session 2)
      HRM210 Human Resource Management (Session 1)
      PSC360 Pastures and Rangelands (Session 2)

    • Residential schools

      Students enrolled by distance education will be required to attend residential schools for some subjects to develop practical skills. These residential schools may be held at CSU in Wangaratta and CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus. More information will be provided in your subject outlines once you have enrolled.

      The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

      ASC392 Veterinary Medical Nursing
      CHM108 Chemical Fundamentals
      ASC183 Foundations in Veterinary Surgical Nursing
      ASC171 Animal Anatomy and Physiology
      ASC370 Ruminant Production and Welfare
      BCM210 Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
      MCR101 Introduction to Microbiology
      ASC201 Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
      ASC412 Equine Nutrition
      ASC182 Foundations in Clinical Procedures & Veterinary Nursing
      ASC280 Diagnostics for Veterinary Technologists
      ASC261 Animal Reproduction
      ASC393 Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
      ASC391 Surgery and Anaesthesia Nursing
      ASC180 Animal Handling and Health Care
      ASC306 Applied Animal Pharmacology
      ASC209 Horse Breeding Technologies
      ASC181 Applied Veterinary Nursing
      ASC350 Animal Health
      ASC321 Equine Exercise Physiology

    • Admission information
      Indicative ATAR

      7000

      Applicants for the TAFE articulated program must already hold a TAFE Veterinary Nursing qualification. Applications are made direct to CSU, and applicants will receive credit for their prior TAFE study.

      Applicants who wish to apply via alternative pathways should also apply direct to CSU.

      Admission to the TAFE integrated program is based on ATAR. Applicants to this course apply through UAC.

      It is assumed applicants to the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology have studied Chemistry and Mathematics at HSC level or equivalent. Applicants who have not studied these subjects may consider a STUDY LINK subject before commencing the course.

      See standard CSU admission criteria

    • Cost of study

      Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

      Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

       
    • Course details

      Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

      Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
      DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSVT
      DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNNKSVW
      DirectDistance EducationWangarattaCGSYNNESVT
      UACOn CampusWagga WaggaCGSYNN214954
      DirectDistance EducationWangarattaCGSYNNESVW

      LEGEND
      CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
      FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
      FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
      Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
      NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
      TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

      Graduation requirements

      Successful completion of 192 credit points plus all work place learning requirements

    • How to apply

      Applicants to the integrated program apply to through UAC.

      Applicants to the TAFE articulated program apply direct to CSU.

      Apply through UAC

      Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

      Apply through UAC

      Apply direct to CSU

      An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

      Apply online

      This course is not available to international students.

      Thinking of deferring?

      Find out more about deferral

    • About the School
      School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

      The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is a hands-on provider of education in the areas of animal, equine and veterinary sciences. The School delivers teaching in state-of-the-art laboratories and clinics at CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus, as well as through the small animal clinic in the city of Wagga Wagga. The School works in close collaboration with local farmers and clinicians in the delivery of training, with a strong focus on practical skills to prepare work-ready graduates. Since introducing the veterinary science course in 2005, the School has achieved its vision of providing high quality and passionate veterinarians for rural Australia. Staff are very active in research and in supervising postgraduate research students, with both national and international aspects.

    • Preparing for Study

      STUDY LINK

      This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills in the area of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

      • SSS008 - Mathematics for the Sciences
      • SSS010 - Introduction to Chemistry
      • SSS033 - Transition from TAFE / VET to University (F2F Workshop)

      These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

    • Academic expectations

      For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

      Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

      Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

      Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

      Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

    Make an enquiry

    Call us on 1800 334 733,
    (International +61 2 6338 6077)

    Speak to a future student advisor

    FREE CALL

    Chat to us online

    ONLINE CHAT

    Enquire Online


    Apply for admission

    DOMESTIC
    INTERNATIONAL
    • Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents.

      NORMAL COURSE DURATION

      3 years full-time
      up to 6 years part-time

      MODE

      On Campus; Distance Education

      CAMPUS

      Wagga Wagga, Wangaratta

      See full list of enrolment options

      INDICATIVE ATAR

      7000

    • This course is not available to international students.