Short-Term Clinical Placements (4 weeks)

Placement Options

Veterinary students from institutions with exchange agreements

The University of Melbourne (UoM) has formal exchange agreements for veterinary students from the University of California Davis, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Students from these institutions wishing to undertake an exchange for credit in their program of study should initially contact their home institution’s foreign exchange coordinator.

Other veterinary students: Short-Term Clinical Placements in U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital

When capacity allows, the veterinary hospital may accept students from other institutions who are in their final year of study for short term clinical placements.

These placements are available for up to four weeks' duration in our veterinary hospital.

Placements are available in:

  • General Practice
  • Clinical Pathology and Diagnostics
  • Small Animal Referral Medicine
  • Small Animal Referral Surgery
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Equine (offered at Goulburn Valley  Equine Hospital).

Long-Term Placements in U-Vet Animal Hospital

Subject to capacity, U-Vet sometimes accepts incoming exchange students (ie. students currently enrolled at a partner institution with an existing exchange agreement for veterinary science at the University of Melbourne) who are undertaking clinical practice rotations within their final year of study for periods of longer than four weeks.

Incoming exchange students approved to undertake a full semester of clinical placements enrol in the subject VETS40017 Veterinary Clinical Skills (VCS).

The subject consists of blocks of practical work in clinical disciplines selected by the student and approved by the subject coordinator.

Students select from the following clinical rotations:

  • General Practice
  • Clinical Pathology and Diagnostics
  • Small Animal Referral Medicine
  • Small Animal Referral Surgery
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Equine (offered at Goulburn Valley  Equine Hospital).

International students should be aware that there are visa requirements for study in Australia.

Fees are charged for long term study abroad placements.

Applications for long-term placements should be made through Melbourne Global Mobility.

Entry requirements (all clinical placements)

While the U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital welcomes final year veterinary student visitors for short-term placements (up to four weeks), this is subject to places being available. Our final year students occupy all rotations throughout the year and therefore short-term placements may sometimes not be available.

Students should discuss the possibility of clinical training at the University of Melbourne with their home institution’s course advisor. The home institution must take responsibility for ensuring that the program of study suits the student. Information on the content of the clinical rotations will be made available on request from a home institution’s course advisor.

Students must be enrolled in their final year of veterinary studies in order to be eligible for a placement.

All students undertaking placements must also meet the University of Melbourne’s English Language Requirements for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students. Required scores for students who require language test results in order to meet these requirements are outlined below:

IELTS (Academic English Only)TOEFL (Paper-based test)TOEFL (Internet-based test)Pearson Test of English (Academic)Cambridge English (CAE)
7.0, Written 7.0 (no band less than 6.0) 600 + TWE 5.0 94 + Writing 27; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13 65 + written communicative skill of 65 and no other communicative skill below 50 185 + no less than 185 in Writing and no skill below 169

How to apply:

Please note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are not currently accepting applications for placements during 2022.

Subject to availability, Expressions of Interest are generally open from July 1 to September 30 each year, for the following year only.

Please ensure that you submit your own request. As part of the Expression of Interest process you will be asked to nominate three possible 2-4 week date ranges when you are available, and indicate your areas of interest to help increase your chances of a placement.

Please email Expressions of Interest to

Please bear in mind the following when submitting an Expression of Interest:

  • Acceptance is contingent upon availability of placements in the requested clinical rotation.
  • Start and end dates for visits must coincide with the (2 week) teaching blocks scheduling system in place at the university.
  • Only visiting students proficient in spoken and written English will be accepted.
  • Please note that placements are not available in January.
  • You will receive an outcome within 4 to 6 weeks of receipt of your complete application.

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