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Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

About the stream and program

The Animal and Veterinary Bioscience Program provides students with fundamental and applied knowledge in animal bioscience.

Students will acquire a broad overview of both domestic animals and wildlife species and their environment, and an integrated comparative knowledge in fields such as applied animal biotechnologies, reproduction and nutrition. This will be supported by detailed knowledge of animal structure and function and a focus on application of innovative approaches and technologies to enhance animal management and welfare.

Students will also study animal behaviour and management systems that respect ethical and environmental concerns and promote animal welfare. Graduates will acquire an industry-oriented science-based education which could lead to a career in a wide variety of veterinary and animal science industries.

The program is broader and more detailed than either the Animal Production major or the Animal Health, Disease and Welfare majors, providing graduates with an all-inclusive appreciation of the multidisciplinary sciences involved in veterinary and allied animal science industries including companion animals and wildlife.

Requirements for completion

The Animal and Veterinary Bioscience stream and program requirements are listed in the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience unit of study table.

Contact and further information


Dr Gary Muscatello

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Animal and Veterinary Bioscience will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a deep understanding of principles and concepts in cell, systems and body function within the context of animal health and wellbeing.
  2. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge in animal nutrition, animal biotechnologies and animal reproduction and apply this knowledge to animal health issues.
  3. Appraise and evaluate field and laboratory situations to ensure they work, as individuals or in a team, to handle animals in a safe manner, minimising risk and stress for both human and animal.
  4. Integrate knowledge of animal body systems in evaluating animals’ responses to environmental stressors.
  5. Communicate concepts and findings in animal and veterinary biosciences to a range of audiences through a variety of modes, using evidence-based arguments that are robust to critique.
  6. Address authentic problems in animal and veterinary biosciences, working professionally and responsibly within collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.
  7. Evaluate the effects of environment on animal behaviour and welfare within society and assess practical concerns across society.
  8. Investigate how ethical issues, practical welfare concerns and social contexts contribute to animal related industry and research scenarios.
  9. Explore and evaluate the socio-economic importance of animals in a range of natural and anthropogenic environments across cultural settings.