Top 10 Veterinary Science Universities in 2019 | Recognised by Vet Council of Malaysia

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What is Veterinary Science (VET)?

The Basics of Veterinary Science

Veterinary Science basically means the study of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, disorders and injuries in animals. The generalised notion is very wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with specific conditions which only affect specific species. Veterinary medicine is often practised by a veterinary physician (vet), assisted by veterinary nurses and technicians. Though there are certainly more specific fields of veterinary, such as physiotherapy or dentistry.

What are the Various Fields of Veterinary Science?

As mentioned before, there are various specialities within Veterinary Science, just like human medical practices. Here are some different areas within Veterinary Science which are well-known:

Vet VocabularyExplanation
AnaesthesiologyPain relief for animals
DentistryDental care for animals
DermatologyDiseases and conditions of the skin
Internal MedicineDiagnosis and treatment of illnesses, such as cardiology (heart), neurology (brain) and oncology (cancer and tumours)
NutritionEnsures animals’ diets meet their body’s requirement for nutrients
PathologyDeals with causes & nature of diseases through lab examinations (e.g. autopsies)
PhysiotherapyRestore and maintain mobility, function, independence and performance
SurgeryDeals with injuries and disorders that require surgical intervention
Zoological MedicineCare of zoo animals, wildlife and aquatic animals

Why Should You Study Veterinary Science?

Veterinary Science can be extremely rewarding for those who have a passion for animals. Here are some reasons that set Veterinary Science from other degrees and careers.

Interest & Love for AnimalsAs a vet, your job role consists of treating animals and ensure their welfare. As a result, you have to possess a great love for animals to pursue this career. Plus, there is no other career path as a vet, you get to examine different animals, treat a variety of diseases, and reap the satisfaction of doing good for the world!
Rewarding SalaryIt certainly pays well to practice such a highly regarded profession. Though you need to consider the education costs of earning that veterinary degree! Furthermore, your salary can certainly go higher if you’ve received additional speciality training or hold board certificates.
Professional Independence & FlexibilityAlthough you may start off working for an established clinic, there is a future possibility for you to open up your own practice. Or you may even consider using your veterinary background to enter distinct industries, such as veterinary pharmaceutical sales companies, wildlife agencies, laboratories, academic institutions, etc. Hence, it is a degree filled with many bright futures!

What are the entry requirements to study for Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

In order to pursue a degree in Veterinary Science, the institutions are generally looking  for qualifications like:

(1) SPM / O-Level / IGCSE / Year 10 or equivalent qualification (Minimum of 5 credits, including Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics)


(2) Entry from STPM / GCE A-level / Foundation of Science / Matriculation (Australia, Canadian, American) / Diploma or equivalent qualification (STPM or Matriculation: At least CGPA 3.6, with minimum B in Biology AND one advanced science subject (eg. Chemistry or Additional Mathematics)

Entry requirements may vary depending on the university, so make sure you check with us (click here) before submitting your application!

How long is the study duration of Veterinary Science degree?

A Veterinary Science degree usually takes about 5 – 7 years depending on the curriculum and syllabus of the university.

Let us use the pathway from the University of Melbourne as an example, upon completion of pre-university equivalent qualification (eg. STPM, GCE A-level, Foundation in Science (from the G8 Universities), SAM and IB), the student can enroll into either Bachelor of Bio MedicineBachelor of Science or Bachelor of Agriculture. Following satisfactory completion of all subjects in the Veterinary Bio-science specialisation, the student can progress into the Doctor Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with one year of credit exemption (first-year units). Otherwise, Students not selected into the Veterinary Bio-science specialisation may apply for graduate entry into the DVM following completion of their Bachelor of Science.


Duration: Bachelor of Science (three years) plus the DVM with one year of credit (three years) = six years.

What Would You Study in a Veterinary Science Degree?

A Veterinary Science degree will give you the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and treat animals. Some of the subjects that you may learn include:

  • Animal Anatomy
  • Animal Biochemistry
  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Anaesthesiology
  • Bacteriology and Microbiology
  • Epidemiology
  • General Surgery
  • Pathology

Throughout your degree, you will be required to carry out practical training. This could involve being situated at various places, such as livestock farms, zoos, SPCA and wildlife sanctuaries, as well as vet clinics. Remember that studying for a Veterinary Science degree is requires a lot of hard work, involving keen analytical skills accompanied with practical labour.

Career Options with a Veterinary Science Degree

A degree in Veterinary Science will allow you to pursue the following career options:

  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Scientist
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Livestock Inspector
  • Livestock Veterinarian
  • Laboratory Animal Veterinarian
  • Marine Biologist
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Zoological / Wildlife Veterinarian

Where Can You Study Doctor Veterinary Medicine other than Malaysia?

Once you have completed your degree in Veterinary Science, you can apply to be a registered veterinary surgeon through the Malaysian Veterinary Council. You will also need to apply for an Annual Practicing Certificate which cost about RM20. This is a required process in order to practice veterinary medicine in Malaysia.

Below here are the lists of Veterinary Universities overseas that are recognised by the Veterinary Council of Malaysia

Veterinary Universities in Australia

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition Fee Per Year 2019/2020
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science (Honours) (1st – 3rd year)AUD $43,520 (Bachelor)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) (4th – 6/7th years)AUD $68,736 (Doctor)
University of Queensland
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)AUD $66,592 (Bachelor)
University of Sydney
Bachelor of Veterinary Biology (1st – 2nd year)AUD $49,500 (Bachelor)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (3rd – 5th year)AUD $64,000 (Doctor)
Murdoch University
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Veterinary Biology (1st year)AUD $32,803
Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Veterinary Biology (2nd – 3rd year)AUD $51,360
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) (4th – 5th years)AUD $86,760

Veterinary Universities in Canada

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition Fee Per Year 2019/2020
University of Saskatchewan
Bachelor of Science in (Animal Bioscience) (2 years)USD $18,391 (Bachelor)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) (4 years)USD $10,737 (Doctor)
University of Guelph
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) (5 years)USD $20,840

Veterinary Universities in New Zealand

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition Fee Per Year 2019/2020
Massey University
Bachelor of Veterinary Science (5 years)AUD $64,040

Veterinary University in the United States of America (USA)

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition Fee Per Year 2019/2020
Colorado State University
Undergraduate in Biomedical Science (4 years)USD $20,000
Professional Veterinary Medicine (PVM) (4 years)USD $61,362

Veterinary Universities in the United Kingdom

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition Fee Per Year 2019/2020
University of Bristol
BVSc Veterinary Science (D100) (5 years)£29,100
University of Cambridge
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) (5 years)£ 55,272
University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) (5 years)£ 31,450
University of Glasgow
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) (5 years)£ 29,250
University of Liverpool
BVSc Veterinary Science (5 years)£ 34,550
University of London: Royal Veterinary College
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) (5 years)£ 35,010

Veterinary Universities in Malaysia

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition Fee Per Year 2019/2020
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineRM 4,780
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
Doctor of Veterinary MedicineRM 25,745 (full course fee)
CAUTION: The program fees listed above are provided as a general guide only, the fees were captured based on the publicly available information on the institutions’ websites.

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