Top Veterinary Science Universities in 2018 | Recognised by Vet Council of Malaysia

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Discover all you need to know of the top 10 Recognised Veterinary Universities by Vet Council of Malaysia, including what it is and why you should study this course.

Why Should You Study For a Veterinary Science Degree?

Veterinary Science can be extremely rewarding for those who have a passion for animals. Here are some of the top reasons why you should study a Veterinary Science degree.

(1) You have a strong desire to help sick animals

The core of veterinary solution involves caring for and treating sick creatures. As an animal specialist, it will be your duty to take care of the welfare of creatures. On the off chance that you are energetic about having any kind of effect on the lives of creatures, a Veterinary Science degree may very well be the profession for you!

(2) You have a keen interest in science and animals

A Veterinary Science degree will prepare you for the scientific learning of the care and prosperity of an extensive variety of creatures, from family pets to domesticated animals and natural life. You will take in the complexities of how creatures work and their conditions, and it can be entrancing in the event that you are somebody who is energetic about creatures.

(3) You want to save lives

Veterinary Science doesn’t simply deal with animals. It also manages the discovery, counteractive action and control of infectious animal diseases, for example, bird flu, can spread from creatures to people. As a vet, you can be on the front line of battling creature ailments through discovery and research, sparing the lives of not simply creatures but rather people as well!

What is Veterinary Science (VET)?

The Basics of Veterinary Science

Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in non-human animals. People who study Veterinary Science often go on to be veterinarians, who are essentially animal doctors. When an animal is sick or unwell, a veterinarian (or commonly known as a vet) performs an examination to find out the cause of the illness (also known as “diagnosis”). The vet then gives suitable treatments in order for the animal to recover.

What are the Various Fields of Veterinary Science?

Much like in the human world, there are various specialties within Veterinary Science. Here are some major areas within Veterinary Science:

  • Vet Vocabulary / Explanation
  • Anaesthesiology: Pain relief for animals
  • Dentistry: Dental care for animals
  • Dermatology: Diseases and conditions of the skin
  • Internal Medicine: Diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, such as cardiology (heart), neurology (brain) and oncology (cancer and tumours)
  • Nutrition: Ensures animals’ diets meet their body’s requirement for nutrients
  • Pathology: Deals with causes & nature of diseases through lab examinations (e.g. autopsies)
  • Surgery: Deals with injuries and disorders that require surgical intervention
  • Zoological Medicine: Care of zoo animals, wildlife and aquatic animals

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

In order to pursue a degree in Veterinary Science, the academic are generally looking at

(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.

Take 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), student can enrol into either Bachelor of BioMedicine, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Agriculture. Following satisfactory completion of all subjects in the Veterinary Bioscience specialisation, 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 Bioscience 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 stints at various places, such as livestock farms, places with non-livestock animals such as zoos, SPCA and wildlife sanctuaries, as well as vet clinics. Remember that studying for a Veterinary Science degree is not easy as it involves a lot of analytical skills.

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 then Malaysia?

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

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

Australia Enquire

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition
Fee Per Year
University of MelbourneBachelor of Veterinary Bioscience (Honours) +
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)(6 years)
AUD 41,232 (Bachelor)
AUD 68,736 (Doctor)
University of QueenslandBachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) (5 years)AUD 60,112
University of SydneyBachelor of Veterinary Biology + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
(5 years)
AUD 47,000 (Bachelor)
AUD 60,000 (Doctor)
Murdoch UniversityBachelor of Science (BSc) in Veterinary Biology + Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) (5 years)AUD 58,698

Canada Enquire

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition
Fee Per Year
University of SaskatchewanBachelor of Science in (Animal Bioscience) (2 years)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) (4 years)
USD 18,249 (Bachelor)
USD 16,512 (Doctor)
University of GuelphBachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) (5 years)USD 20,840

New Zealand Enquire

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition
Fee Per Year
Massey UniversityBachelor of Veterinary Science (5 years)AUD 60,160

United States of America (USA) Enquire

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition
Fee Per Year
Colorado State UniversityUndergraduate in Biomedical Science (4 years) +
Professional Veterinary Medicine (PVM) (4 years)
USD 20,000

United Kingdom Enquire

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition
Fee Per Year
University of BristolBVSc Veterinary Science (D100) (5 years)£ 28,300
University of Cambridge  Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) (5 years)£ 52,638
University of EdinburghBachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) (5 years)£ 30,200
University of GlasgowBachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery  (BVMS) (5 years)£ 29,250
University of LiverpoolBVSc Veterinary Science (5 years)£ 33,600
University of London: Royal Veterinary CollegeBachelor of Veterinary Medicine (BVetMed) (5 years)£ 33,990

Malaysia Enquire

UniversityQualificationIndicative Tuition
Fee Per Year
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)Doctor of Veterinary MedicineRM 4,780
Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)Doctor of Veterinary MedicineRM 25,745

CAUTION: The program fee listed above are provided as a general guide only, the fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet.

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Michelle Phan
A freelance writer, graduated from Curtin University, specialises in commercial writing, love travel and enjoy walking on the beach, Michelle also feeds on Psychology and will give away just about anything to cuddle with furry felines.
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