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 2021 will begin in January 2021 and end in January 2024.

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 2021, training programs may be available in each of 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 by 20th of October 2020 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 on the 23rd of October for an interview on the 26th or 27th of October. The successful candidates will be provided guidance to submit an application to the University of Melbourne’s admission 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 Graduate School, 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 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.
  • 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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