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Clinical Residency Training Program


The University of Melbourne is pleased to offer a range of clinical residency training programs for veterinarians wishing to pursue advanced training.

The three-year program provides a unique skillset that enables our graduates to pursue clinical and/or research activities to a very high level. Our residents have been extremely successful in attaining Fellow or Diplomate status. For 2017, training programs may be available in each of the following disciplines:

  • Anaesthesia
  • Clinical pathology
  • Clinical Pharmacology
  • Small Animal Medicine
Residents will be immersed in their respective specialty area and disciplines that comprises clinical work and may include two part-time masters degrees. If the residency is part of an approved fellowship training program with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS), or American or European Colleges, residents will be eligible to submit credentials to sit certifying examinations with the appropriate specialty college at the end of the program. Residency programs for 2017 will begin on January 15 th, 2018 and end January 31st, 2021.

Application Process

Please note applications have now closed

Successful applicants will have:

  • A veterinary degree that is registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria, 
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, and
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
Expressions of Interest (EOI) should be sent
by August 31, 2017 and must include a:
  1. Current curriculum vitae,
  2. Letter of intent,
  3. Copy of veterinary school transcript, and
  4. List of three referees with their contact details
To ensure that enrolment in the dual masters program is completed by the residency start date, an application to enter the Graduate School should be submitted via the University of Melbourne's admission portal at the time of submission of the Expression of Interest for the residency training program. Applicants should enrol in both of the following courses:
  1. Master of Veterinary Science
  2. Master of Veterinary Studies
Following approval of their candidature in the masters degrees, applicants will receive a formal offer for the residency position.

The dual degree program is only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Selection Process

Applicants will be ranked by a panel of at least three members of the faculty on the basis of their EOI and the highest ranked 2 or 3 candidates will be interviewed either in person or by telephone. The highest ranked qualified candidate will be chosen by consensus.

For residents undertaking the dual masters program, the Veterinary Graduate and Research Training Committee must be satisfied that the applicant is acceptable to the Melbourne School of Graduate Research (MSGR) as a candidate for a research masters degree.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their written application, an interview and referee reports.

Selection Criteria:
  • Minimum qualifications: Applicants are required to have completed a veterinary degree from an Australian university, or a qualification or combination of qualifications considered by the selection committee to be equivalent, and which allows registration as a veterinary practitioner in the State of Victoria.
  • Admission to the Graduate School for applicants undertaking the dual Masters’ degree: the usual minimum level of academic achievement for admission to the Graduate School is an overall H1 (80-100%) or H2A (75-79%) grade in the BVSc, DVM or equivalent degree. However, each applicant will be assessed individually.
  • Relevance of the post graduate work experience: Post veterinary degree work experience should be in an area that is relevant to the intended specialisation such that the applicant will have begun to develop an understanding and appreciation of the relevant body of knowledge.
  • Currency of applicant's knowledge of the discipline: The applicant's degree/s and/or professional experience must demonstrate that their knowledge of the discipline in which they plan to undertake their research higher degree is current. It is therefore expected that an applicant will have completed their tertiary studies and/or any relevant professional experience in the 10 years immediately prior to their intended entry to the MVSc(Clinical).
  • Assessment of level of commitment: Based on interview and other communication, an assessment will be made of the level of understanding, motivation and commitment of the student for the proposed program of study. For example, full-time students are expected to devote at least 40 hours a week to their studies, in addition to private study time.
  • English language requirements: International students should be aware of the English language requirement.

The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences will provide tax free scholarships of approximately $41,000 to support students enrolled in the Residency Training Program that are also undertaking the dual Masters’ degree. Please note that only citizens of Australia or New Zealand and permanent residents of Australia are eligible for scholarships.

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