Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

La Trobe University

This degree offers you a strong scientific foundation to work with both domesticated and captive wild animals. Our subjects go beyond animal health to include ecology, genetics, biotechnology and animal physiology. You'll complete hands-on studies in animal and agricultural science, microbiology, zoology and metabolic biochemistry. This knowledge provides the basis for further research in the field and is a pathway to postgraduate study in veterinary science. You'll have access to La Trobe's wildlife sanctuary, made up of 30 hectares of bushland and home to protected fauna. This fully operating sanctuary offers workshops and seminars on topics such as wetlands ecology and the propagation of indigenous plants. First year will equip you with science foundations in biology and chemistry. Second year will see you tackle more animal-related subjects such as animal physiology, nutrition and molecular biology. In third year, you'll continue to deepen your knowledge on animal health, and work on real-life case studies where you'll act as advisers to industry reps on their animal or agricultural business. Between semesters you may take on paid work experience with any of La Trobe's industry partners, including government agencies, research houses and start-up ventures. Many students are able to find employment with these companies after graduation. If you choose to complete your first year at Albury-Wodonga, they will transfer to Melbourne for the rest of the degree.

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At a glance

Type of Institution: University
Level: Undergraduate
Campus/Location: Albury-Wodonga
Melbourne
Institution CRICOS: 00115M; 00070G (Language Centre)

Subjects

  • Animal and Plant Biology
  • Animal Breeding
  • Animal Health
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Nutrition and Feed Production
  • Plant and Animal Production
  • Zoology

At La Trobe University, we’re ambitious global thinkers. Since we opened our doors in 1967, we have equipped more than 190,000 graduates with the skills and experience to build successful careers. With over 8,000 students from 110 countries, we pride ourselves on being an international university.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50, making us one of the world’s best young universities. Now in our 50th year, the QS World Working University Rankings has placed La Trobe in the top two per cent of universities worldwide.

At La Trobe, we balance research excellence with real-world experience. Our Professors of Practice are industry-experienced teaching professionals who bring industry into the classroom, and across all our schools we offer Work Integrated Learning opportunities where you can apply your learning in a real workplace. You can then record and build on your experiences through our Career Ready Advantage program, developed with industry and structured to help you actively prepare for your life beyond university.

La Trobe has seven campuses across the state of Victoria, including two in Melbourne and one in Sydney’s central business district. The Melbourne campus has 267 hectares (660 acres) of stunning parkland and waterways, including a major wildlife sanctuary. It offers a welcoming and diverse campus community with residential style accommodation and services.

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Highlights

La Trobe is currently ranked among the top 400 universities in the world, according to the three most prestigious international rankings: the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016, Times Higher Education 2016-2017 and QS World University Rankings 2016-2017.

82 per cent of our research areas were rated at ‘world standard or above’ in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia Report.

Our Career Ready Advantage program was developed in consultation with industry and is designed to help you actively prepare for life after university.

We’ve invested more than AU$500 million into world-class centres for learning and research, including the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science (LIMS), the Centre for AgriBioscience (AgriBio), a world-class sports park currently in development, and our Wildlife Sanctuary, which has numerous indigenous plants and animals, from kangaroos to emus.

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Student Services We have wide variety of service options to help you get the most out of your time in Australia. ASK La Trobe is your 24/7 student help service where you will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about study and student life. You will also be supported by International Student Services who are dedicated to assisting you from the time you arrive through to graduation. Our student services include: support for pre-departure and orientation academic and personal one-one-one support community engagement programs volunteering and student hosting. Courses La Trobe offers more than 200 courses, including 125 undergraduate degrees and over 120 postgraduate courses, across a wide range of a study areas, including: arts and communications business and commerce engineering health sciences information technology law teaching and education sciences. latrobe.edu.au/courses

Courses

La Trobe offers more than 200 courses, including 125 undergraduate degrees and over 120 postgraduate courses, across a wide range of a study areas, including:

arts and communications

  • arts and communications
  • business and commerce
  • engineering
  • health sciences
  • information technology
  • law
  • teaching and education
  • sciences.

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We have wide variety of service options to help you get the most out of your time in Australia. ASK La Trobe is your 24/7 student help service where you will find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about study and student life.

You will also be supported by International Student Services who are dedicated to assisting you from the time you arrive through to graduation.

Our student services include:

  • support for pre-departure and orientation
  • academic and personal one-one-one support
  • community engagement programs
  • volunteering and student hosting.

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