Doctor of Veterinary Studies


Doctor of Veterinary Studies


The course includes the following awards:

Doctor of Veterinary Studies DVStud


Doctor of Veterinary Studies (4900VT)

On Campus - Wagga Wagga

Availability is subject to change, please verify prior to enrolment.

Normal Course Duration

Duration for a Higher Degree course is defined in terms of Minimum/Maximum Period of Candidature.

Please consult the Higher Degree by Research Policy: Enrolment and Progress for specific information for Higher Degree duration.

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the University holds the delegated authority to approval for admission to a research higher degree program.

Doctor of Veterinary Studies

Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Studies
The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Veterinary Studies candidature upon the following evidence, that:

* the  proposed  area of research  falls  within  an  approved University  field  of  research  for  admission  to  a higher degree by research;
* the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
* the applicant has the background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
* the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

For admission to the Doctor of Veterinary Studies, applicants would need to demonstrate that they:
* Have a veterinary science degree with class 1 or class 2(i) honours which enables candidates to be registered by the Veterinary Practitioners Board of New South Wales or equivalent academic and/or research experience, and
* Have a minimum of 1 year of veterinary professional experience.
Applicants with a first language other than English must satisfy Charles Sturt Universitys normal requirements for language competency.


CSU Credit Policy

Candidates who have completed the Masters of Veterinary Studies are eligible for six months credit for the Doctor of Veterinary Studies course.  32 points can be credited from a combination of VSC507, VSC 508, VSC509, VSC501, VSC511.

Graduation Requirement

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Course Structure

Candidates must successfully complete the following subjects:

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)

VSC715 Advanced Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice (32 points)

The course structure involves integration between subjects. In Session 1, VSC712 and VSC714 are undertaken to develop clinical research skills and plan the research project in the context of professional practice. Concurrent exposure to professional workplace settings is integral to the subject for students to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills required for research, identify areas for the research and planning for the development of new knowledge and advancement of professional practice, which underpins the purpose of a professional doctorate degree. Research skills and experience are developed and increased as students progress throughout the course. Development of knowledge and skills in professional practice, including integration of evidence for research-led practice, is undertaken in sessions 2 and 3.

The research project is completed in the dissertation subject (VSC713) during sessions 4-6. The progression through the course and assumed development of knowledge and skills requires students to complete the subjects in chronological order.

For the research project and VSC713, the students, under the direction of supervisors, identify gaps in the existing knowledge relevant to the selected veterinary discipline, formulate research questions and hypotheses and develop a proposal and planning for the project to address the identified problem(s) confronting professional veterinary practice. Students develop a systematic understanding of a complex field of learning in their chosen discipline and advanced cognitive, technical, and communication skills to generate new knowledge for the advancement of professional practice through significant original contributions to discipline knowledge. Students apply expert knowledge and skills to progress and finalise the research project. Students will produce a body of significant and original research outcomes in the form of a dissertation for independent examination by external examiners of international standing.

Enrolment Pattern

Candidates must successfully undertake all subjects.

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
VSC715 Advanced Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice (32 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.

Workplace Learning

Please note that the following subjects may contain a Workplace Learning component. Further details for Workplace Learning requirements are located via the subject page

VSC711 Advanced Veterinary Clinical Skills
VSC712 Doctorate Research Plan
VSC713 Clinical Research Dissertation
VSC714 Advanced Clinical Research Internship
VSC715 Advanced Integration of Theory, Knowledge and Practice

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.