The University of Melbourne
Clinical Residency Training Program

The University of Melbourne is pleased to offer clinical residency training programs for qualified veterinarians wishing to pursue advanced training. Residents will be immersed in their respective specialty area and allied disciplines in a three-year program 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 relevant 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 3-year program. Residency Programs for 2022 will begin in January 2022 and end in January 2025.

The University of Melbourne’s residency training program provides a unique skill set that enables our graduates to pursue clinical and research activities to a very high level. Our residents have been extremely successful in attaining Fellow or Diplomate status.


For 2022, training programs may be available in the following disciplines:

Application Process

Application Process: Applicants to the program will be evaluated on the basis of their written application, an interview (for short-listed candidates) and referee reports. 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 should be sent electronically to Richard Ploeg ( by 15 September, 2021 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.

The preselected candidates will be contacted for an interview before the end of September. The successful candidates will be provided guidance to submit an application to the University of Melbourne’s admissions office for the following courses:

  1. Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical)
  2. Master of Veterinary Studies

Following approval of their candidature in the Masters degrees by the Melbourne Veterinary School, applicants will receive a formal offer for the residency program.

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

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).
  • CASPer® Test: Please note as part of the application process all applicants may be required to complete this test online.


The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences will provide 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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