Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 060348G

Level of study: Undergraduate


Working with domestic and wild animals requires more than just passion – it demands scientific knowledge and practical expertise. Choose a degree that gives you both, preparing you for a diverse range of careers in the animal industries.

With La Trobe's Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences, you can turn your love of animals into a fulfilling career. Study the basics of animal science, including breeding, nutrition and animal welfare. You'll also delve into global issues such as food security, epidemics and pandemics, and the environmental impacts of animal agriculture. In later years you'll explore animal psychology, biochemistry and immunology.

Theory is vital, but we know you can only learn so much in the classroom. That's why your theoretical studies will be supported by robust hands-on learning. Each year of your degree will include practical elements, such as real-life animal case studies which give you the chance to work closely with our industry partners. Placements – both compulsory and elective – allow you to take your learning out of the classroom and into the real world. Industry experts will present lectures and workshops throughout your degree, giving you first-hand insights into your future. You'll graduate with experience under your belt and the foundations of a strong professional network. A wide range of electives in areas like zoology, wildlife and agriculture science give you the opportunity to tailor your studies to your career goals.

You'll graduate ready for the workplace, or you can use this course as a pathway into a veterinary medicine degree.

You'll get the opportunity to learn:

Animal science

Build important foundations in all aspects of animal science, including animal health, nutrition, physiology, welfare, reproduction and management.


Learn about microorganisms, how they live, how they work and how they cause disease.

Metabolic biochemistry

Become familiar with the underlying biochemical processes that occur in animals, including those used to generate energy to maintain body function.

Note: Students commencing their studies at Albury-Wodonga campus are required to transfer to the Melbourne campus from second year to complete this course.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Career Outcomes

You'll graduate ready for employment in a range of animal industry roles. With further study, you could also go on to a career as a veterinarian.

Depending on the electives you choose, you could pursue a career as a:

Conservation scientist

Use your knowledge to protect wildlife and improve land usage for governments, farmers and other stakeholders.


Study bacteria, viruses and fungi to understand how they contribute to health and sickness in animals.

Animal health officer

Inspect facilities to ensure animal health, sanitation and wellbeing. This may include livestock markets, hatcheries, pet stores, animal quarantines, labs and feedlots.

Animal biosecurity officer

Protect the economy, human health and the environment from problems associated with pests and diseases of animals and residues in animal products.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences may apply for membership with Ag Institute Australia. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

Students commencing studies at Albury-Wodonga are required to transfer to Melbourne from second year.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
37,800 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
Albury-Wodonga Campus
133 McKoy Street
Wodonga Victoria 3690
37,800 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 3 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 64 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 169 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.


La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
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