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Doctor of Veterinary Studies

Animal and Veterinary Science

Doctor of Veterinary Studies

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CSU's Doctor of Veterinary Studies is designed to provide practising veterinarians with clinical and research skills and knowledge for specialist veterinary practice of a national and international standard.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Doctor of Veterinary Studies is a professional doctorate that satisfies level 10 professional doctorate requirements, with emphasis on research skills for specialist veterinary professional practice. The doctorate is designed to provide advanced research and clinical specialty training in a chosen discipline in veterinary science, develop systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and critical reflection on veterinary professional practice, and make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in that discipline. You will develop analytical, problem solving, research and technical skills that will fulfil the requirements to attain specialty status. The course also offers strong links to undergraduate veterinary teaching and research.


    To facilitate the processes of focused and contextually bound enquiry and development of specialty knowledge and skills in veterinary science, the Doctor of Veterinary Studies incorporates assessments that are different from that of a PhD. These include contributions to scholarly enquiry, undergraduate didactic and/or clinical teaching and clinical practice, generation and delivery of professional presentations and reports, and production of peer-reviewed publications. This is aligned with the candidates' needs and the development of specialists in their designated veterinary science discipline, and the in vivo nature of their profession. These strategies are considered most relevant for achievement of the outcomes appropriate for a professional doctorate program of study.


    Candidates will have access to the impressive state-of-the-art facilities at CSU's Wagga Wagga Campus, including veterinary clinical and pre-clinical centres, a veterinary diagnostic laboratory and an Equine Centre.

    Course highlights

    The Doctor of Veterinary Studies is a unique veterinary postgraduate course that provides in-depth clinical research training and clinical training for attainment of doctoral qualifications and veterinary specialist qualifications.

    The course provides candidates with:

    • distinctive educational programs for the veterinary profession
    • the educational needs of veterinary science professionals aspiring to achieve specialty qualifications in a designated veterinary science discipline
    • the acquisition of advanced analytical and problem-solving skills, research skills and technical skills that enhance the capacity of the candidate to fulfil the requirements for specialty status
    • excellence in scholarship and focused research within the selected veterinary science discipline
    • strong links to high quality veterinary professional practice in undergraduate veterinary teaching and clinical research
    • the opportunity to engage in and continue lifelong learning.

    The research subjects will allow you to develop in-depth clinical research skills through the planning, development and undertaking of the research project and writing of the dissertation. The clinical subjects will provide you with advanced clinical training in the chosen discipline and related disciplines under the supervision of discipline experts and specialists.

  • Career opportunities

    The Doctor of Veterinary Studies at CSU provides an opportunity for veterinary professionals to advance their career by achieving specialty status in one veterinary science discipline offered at CSU. Specialist qualifications are required to be a registered specialist in a given veterinary discipline.

    Career opportunities for veterinary specialists include private specialist practice, university referral veterinary hospitals, industry and government.

  • Workplace learning

    The clinical subjects are undertaken at one or more veterinary enterprises at CSU, where workplace learning will be supported directly by specialists relevant to the primary and related disciplines.

    The clinical research subjects include placement in a workplace for recruitment of cases and data collection for the research project.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    VSC707 Advanced Clinical Related Disciplines Practicum
    VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan
    VSC709 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2
    VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research Internship
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation
    VSC708 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1
    VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills

  • 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

    Candidates must successfully complete the following subjects:

    VSC707 Advanced Clinical Related Disciplines Practicum (16 points)
    VSC708 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 (8 points)
    VSC709 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2 (8 points)
    VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)
    VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan (16 points)
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points)
    VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research Internship (16 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    Candidates must successfully undertake all subjects. Whilst there are some fixed subjects flexibility for the timing and pattern of the other subjects has been incorporated to ensure each candidate has the opportunity to maximise their studies.

    Session 1
    VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan (16 points)
    VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research Internship (16 points)

    Session 2
    VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills (32 points)

    Session 3
    VSC707 Advanced Clinical Related Disciplines Practicum (16 points)
    VSC708 Advanced Clinical Practicum 1 (8 points)
    VSC709 Advanced Clinical Practicum 2 (8 points)

    Session 4
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points) (commenced)

    Session 5
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points) (continued)

    Session 6
    VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation (96 points) (completed)

    The pattern above reflects minimum candidature time. For students requiring one or two further enrolment sessions in the clinical research dissertation, re-enrolment for additional sessions would occur in VSC713.

  • Admission information

    For admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Studies, applicants would need to demonstrate that they:
    • Have a veterinary science degree with honours or honours equivalent, which enables candidates to be registered by the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales, and
    • Have a minimum of 1 year of veterinary professional experience.
    Applicants with a first language other than English must satisfy Charles Sturt University’s normal requirements for language competency.

    Applicants must also complete an Additional Information Form outlining their research experience and preferred specialty field.

    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.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusWagga WaggaFPPGYYNGDVS

    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

    Students must satisfactorily complete 192 points of compulsory subjects, including successful completion of a dissertation in accordance with CSU Academic regulations, to graduate. 

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Doctor of Veterinary Studies Additional Information Form

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    This course is not available to international students.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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