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Clinical Residency Training Program


The University of Melbourne offers a range of Residency Training Programs for veterinarians wishing to pursue advanced clinical training. Currently the Veterinary Teaching Hospital offers residencies in each of the following disciplines (please note that not all programs are available every year):
Residency programs usually begin mid-January and are 3 years in length. Residents participate fully in the day to day activities of their clinical service including daily hospital rounds and the out-of-hours service. Residents also participate in the training of veterinary students and the provision of continuing professional development to veterinary practitioners. Over the 3 years of their program, residents are expected to fulfil the credential requirements for examination with the appropriate Australian, American or European Specialty College.

In addition to working in the teaching hospital, many of our residents are enrolled as full time graduate students and, during their residency, will complete a:

1. Coursework post-graduate degree, the Masters of Veterinary Studies (MVS), that provides advanced clinical and didactic training under the mentorship of registered specialists in each resident’s area of specialty, and

2. Research training degree, the Masters of Veterinary Science (Clinical) (MVSc [Clinical]), which is a clinical research training degree program.

For residents enrolled in this dual Masters’ degree course, dedicated time, free from clinical work, is scheduled to allow completion of their research project.

Application Process

A call for applications will be made mid-year in the year before the residency begins. Applicants to the program will be evaluated on the basis of their written application, an interview and referee reports. Successful applicants will have a veterinary degree that is registrable in the State of Victoria, good written and verbal communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills.

Selection Process
Applicants will be ranked by a panel of at least 3 members of 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.

The selection criteria for the Clinical Residency Training Program are:
  • 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.
  • 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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