Bachelor of Veterinary and Wildlife Science

If you are passionate about animal science, this hands-on degree provides an exciting opportunity to focus on animal health and management.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Gippsland - Churchill
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Gippsland - Churchill
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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3 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR 60.00
 Lowest Adjusted ATAR 52.45

This degree offers a regional perspective relevant to local wildlife and animal health, and will also highlight key issues of international relevance by exploring suitable examples and case studies. Laboratory-based learning is supported by fieldwork at sites such as farming and breeding enterprises, animal health practices and natural habitats with wildlife populations.

You will study a wide range of topics including anatomy, animal health, biochemistry, cellular metabolism, immunology, microbiology, physiology and zoology.

In the final year, there is an opportunity for a research project or industry placement to explore your own area of interest and develop advanced technical skills.

Please note: - studying this program online does involve compulsory on campus laboratory sessions for some courses.

  • Animal control officer
  • Animal technician
  • Biological scientist
  • Clinical scientist
  • Conservation and biodiversity manager
  • Ecological advisor
  • Evolution and adaption biologist
  • Fisheries officer
  • Park ranger
  • Policy advisor
  • Quarantine officer
  • Researcher
  • Wildlife officer
  • Zoologist
  • Geneticist
  • Immunologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Pathologist
  • Cytologist

Graduates have a wide range of career opportunities in animal management and welfare, animal biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, research institutes and centres, diagnostic laboratories, animal quarantine and disease surveillance, wild animal research and management.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

SCBCH1001, 15 credit points
SCBIO1010, 15 credit points
SCCHM1001, 15 credit points
SCCOR1300, 15 credit points

Semester 2

SCBIO1020, 15 credit points
SCCHM1002, 15 credit points
SCCOR1200, 15 credit points
SCENV1002, 15 credit points

Year 2

Semester 1

SCMIC2001, 15 credit points
SCVET2001, 15 credit points
Year 2 Sem 1 Electives (1)

Semester 2

SCMED2011, 15 credit points
SCMOL2010, 15 credit points
STATS1000, 15 credit points
Year 2 Sem 2 Electives (1)

Year 3

Semester 1

SCMOL3020, 15 credit points
Bac of Veterinary & Wildlife Science Electives

Year 3 Electives (1)

Year 3 Specialised Electives (1)

Year 3 Specialised Electives (2)

Semester 2

SCCOR3015, 15 credit points
SCVET3001, 15 credit points
Bac of Veterinary & Wildlife Science Electives

Year 3 Electives (1)

Year 3 Specialised Electives (1)

20 hours per week

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Domestic students may apply for the Industry Placement Program (IPP) which offers up to 26 weeks of industry based experience. IPP students receive a scholarship payment of up to $15,000.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Guaranteed ATAR

This program has a guaranteed ATAR.

If you meet the program pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this program with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.

This is not a minimum ATAR or the lowest ATAR selection rank.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).

Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.

Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies should include a personal statement detailing all relevant experience to strengthen their application.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700510371 (Mt Helen), 3700710371 (Churchill), 3700810371 (On-line Learning), 3701810371 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: SV5

CRICOS code: 088138K

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Other study costs

Lab coat and glasses

There may be some costs associated with field work.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

TAFE: Diploma graduates

  • Applicants who have completed VCE or its equivalent and who are applying with a science-based diploma, including the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, will be considered. Applicants who have not completed VCE but have completed a science-based diploma will also be considered. Credits may be considered for TAFE awards relevant to the course.

Certificate IV graduates

  • Science-based Certificate IV level studies will be considered. For applicants who have also completed VCE, both qualifications will be considered. No credit is granted for these studies.

Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program - designed to provide you with an alternative entry method into tertiary study.


You will be prepared for further studies in veterinary science to allow you to practice in the field. Past graduates of this course have been successful in gaining graduate entry into veterinary science. Your eligibility will depend on the university and your results.

This program is available via Online Learning, in combination with one to two weeks (depending on your program) of compulsory on-campus laboratory sessions. These lab sessions are held in semester one and semester two in each year of your program. You will also be required to complete examinations either on-campus, or at an approved remote exam location in your region, under supervision.





To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Ballarat - Mt Helen - Sarah Preston
Berwick - Alison Green
Gippsland - Churchill - Simone Louwhoff
Online Delivery - Sarah Preston