Aim and objectives of this combined program


The objective of this combined master’s course is to train outstanding graduate veterinarians in clinical research and in advanced clinical skills for the purpose of preparing them to fulfill the relevant criteria required to be deemed eligible to undertake specialist examinations administered by ANZ College of Veterinary Scientists.

  1. To provide directly supervised training in a veterinary specialist discipline.
    To provide a comprehensive research experience whereby the candidate is required to design, ethically plan and implement an original investigation in their veterinary clinical discipline and document and disseminate the findings both in oral and written formats to the relevant scientific community.
Learning outcomes

At the conclusion of this combined degree the student will have
1. Developed advanced proficiency (i.e. developing skills and knowledge beyond that expected of a general veterinary practitioner) in the following:

  • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of individual animal disease or dysfunction; or alternatively the diagnosis and treatment and prevention of herd problems.
  • Problem oriented case-solving.
  • Ancillary skills related to their discipline.
  • Developing interpersonal skills to work as part of an effective team.
  • Case reporting and clinical knowledge dissemination via oral and written formats.

2. Identified an area in their clinical discipline that required further investigation and pursued an investigation into the current breadth and depth of knowledge of that area that has incorporated the following:

  • Engaged in requirements for ethical research such as: complied with USyd Ethics requirements, developed awareness of the Research Code of Conduct and other relevant university policies to demonstrate a commitment and an ability to conduct research in an ethical manner.
  • Engaged with Research / Laboratory Occupational Health and Safety policies in order to ensure maintain workplace safety.
  • Applied appropriate research methods for data collection and analysis
    Delivered and defended research outcomes (both written and oral).
  • Engaged in student and research supervisor interactions and management.
  • Engaged in research project management and contributing and maintaining a research culture.
  • Demonstrated effective scientific communication through both the spoken and written medium to professional colleagues and their relevant wider scientific disciplinary community.