Veterinary admissions guide: Domestic students

Ready to start your veterinary career? Learn about the steps for applying to study at the University of Adelaide.

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident (visa status) or a New Zealand citizen.

You are an international student if you are an Australian Temporary Resident (visa status), a New Zealand Permanent Resident (visa status), or a Resident/Citizen of any other country.

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Application process

  • Step 1. Check entry requirements

    Prior to submitting an application for admission, all applicants are advised to check that they have either completed, or are in the process of completing, the prerequisite subjects:

    • SACE Stage 2:
      • Mathematical Methods, or equivalent
      • Chemistry, or equivalent
    • IB
      • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL), or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL)
      • Chemistry (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)
    • Equivalent university or bridging courses: Applicants are advised to contact a Prospective Student Advisor to enquire whether they have or will need to complete equivalent prerequisite courses.
    • Assumed knowledge: Physics

    FAQ: I don't meet the subject prerequisites

    Inherent requirements

    There are inherent requirements associated with the University of Adelaide veterinary program that prospective students need to be aware of before applying.

    These requirements include, but are not limited to, physical fitness, physical capacity to learn how to handle a range of large and small animals; required vaccinations (specifically Q fever); and effective written communication.

    Applicants must read the inherent requirements and vaccination guidelines before submitting their application.

  • Step 2. SATAC Application

    Applications for the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) are completed online through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

    Applications open in August each year. Check with SATAC for key dates.

    Late applications to the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree will not be considered.

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  • Step 3. Questionnaire

    As part of the application process, applicants are required to complete and submit a prescribed questionnaire. 

    On Friday 1 October 2021 you will be emailed a link to the 'Admissions @ Adelaide' portal as well as your login credentials. This email will be sent to the same email address you used on your SATAC application

    As part of the questionnaire, applicants will be required to outline their animal/veterinary experience and upload supporting documentation for the information they provide. Questionnaires will not be considered without supporting documentation.

  • Step 4: Results and prerequisites

    Applicants must have successfully completed the prerequisite subjects.

    To meet the minimum academic threshold for entry into the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree, applicants must achieve:

    • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) including any applicable adjustment factors (bonus points): 90 or above
    • International Baccalaureate score: 33
    • Higher Education/Tertiary Transfer: Grade Point Average (GPA): 5.0 or above.
    • Tertiary Transfer applicants who have studied Chemistry I and/or Biology I at the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) must have achieved at least a credit grade average in each of these courses. Alternatively, Tertiary Transfer applicants who do not meet this requirement can subsequently meet the requirement if they obtain a minimum Pass grade in a course at a higher year level for which Chemistry I and/or Biology I are prerequisite courses.
    • STAT Entry
  • Step 5. Offers

    Ranking for offers is based on a combination of the following components:

    • Questionnaire results (50%)
      • Animal/veterinary related and other experiences (10%)
      • Responses to applicant characteristics questions (40%)
    • Academic score results (50%)

    Offers of admissions will be sent via email from SATAC. The University of Adelaide will not issue offers directly.

    Feedback on performance and overall ranking will not be released by the University. Information regarding applicants and the status of their applications is confidential and will not be released to an advocate of the applicant, whether family or friends. No appeals on behalf of an applicant will be considered.

    To secure a place in the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) degree, a successful candidate must enrol in all first year courses by the deadline stated in the SATAC offer letter. Information regarding enrolment will be provided by the Faculty of Sciences once SATAC offers are made.

Key dates

Date Activity
Monday 2 August 2021 SATAC applications open - SATAC key dates
Thursday 30 September 2021 SATAC applications close - SATAC key dates
Friday 1 October 2021 Questionnaires become available on Admissions @ Adelaide and login details emailed out
Monday 1 November 2021 Deadline to submit questionnaire via the Admissions @ Adelaide portal is at 9:00am, Adelaide time
SATAC will release offers across multiple rounds and dates.