|Award title||Master of Veterinary Studies|
|Year & campus||2019 — Werribee|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||150 credit points|
|Duration||36 months part-time|
The Master of Veterinary Studies, or MVS, is a higher degree by coursework which provides students with advanced clinical training in a specialised area of veterinary science. The MVS course runs parallel with training for the Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS), or other equivalent American or European Colleges. The MVS provides invaluable preparation for the FANZCVS certifying examinations.
Students must enrol in this course on a part-time basis. Students enrolled in the Master of Veterinary Studies may enrol concurrently in the Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical) (by research) as part of the residency training program.
The MVS provides advanced clinical training under the mentorship of registered specialists in each discipline and is based on supervised management of clinical cases in a selected field of veterinary clinical science, attendance and participation in clinical rounds, seminars, journal club and post-mortem presentations. Staff who are members of the American, Australian and European specialty Colleges of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Diagnostic Imaging, Clinical Pathology, Anaesthesiology, Equine Medicine, Equine Surgery and Clinical Pharmacology contribute to the training for each student.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- a degree in Veterinary Science, or an equivalent qualification from a Veterinary School listed in the World Health Organisation Directory of Veterinary Schools; and
- eligibility for registration with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria in accordance with legislative requirements to practice as a veterinarian in Victoria;
- documented evidence of the applicant's professional experience in the practice of veterinary science as it relates to the area to be studied; and
- documented evidence of the applicant's participation in continuing professional education activities as it relates to the discipline to be studied.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance; and
- the professional experience; and
- the professional continuing education activities.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board Rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university's English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance Band 6.5 is required.
Admission into the MVS is conditional on the applicant successfully applying for and enrolling into a research higher degree: the Master of Veterinary Science (Clinical). The successful applicant will be admitted into the two part time courses concurrently.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Intended learning outcomes
This course has as its objectives that graduates:
- Have achieved a breadth and depth of knowledge in a particular discipline or set of related disciplines within veterinary science
- Have attained an advanced level of appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic and technical (including instrumentation) skills
- Have developed preliminary research skills, including the ability to search and critically review literature, and other relevant data bases, define questions/hypotheses, design and execute experimental studies, analyse and interpret results and to write reports/papers
- Can be effective in scientific communication at the professional and community levels, through both the spoken and written medium
- Have developed interpersonal and organisation skills towards leadership within the profession and the community; and
- Are able to pass examinations by the relevant certifying boards of the Veterinary professional bodies
- Develop advanced clinical skills through animal model and case-based teaching
- Develop skills for critical reading and comprehension of scientific and medical literature which provide the framework to translate theoretical knowledge and skills into clinical applications
- Achieve a breadth and depth of knowledge in a particular discipline or set of related disciplines within veterinary science
- Attain an advanced level of appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic and technical (including instrumentation) skills
- Develop preliminary research skills, including the ability to search and critically review literature, and other relevant data bases, define questions/hypotheses, design and execute experimental studies, analyse and interpret results and to write reports/papers
- Be effective in scientific communication at the professional and community levels, through both the spoken and written medium
- Develop interpersonal and organisation skills towards leadership within the profession and the community; and
- Be able to pass examinations by the relevant certifying boards of the Veterinary professional bodies
Students will enrol in this course on a part-time basis for a total of 50 points each year and must pass all subjects each year in order to progress in the course.
Successful applicants will receive a fee waiver for this course.
The Master of Veterinary Studies comprises 12 subjects:
- Advanced Clinical Skills 1 Part A and Part B
- Advanced Clinical Skills 2 Part A and Part B
- Advanced Clinical Skills 3 Part A and Part B
- Principles of Medicine & Surgery 1 Part A and Part B
- Principles of Medicine & Surgery 2 Part A and Part B
- Principles of Medicine & Surgery 3 Part A and Part B
Students normally enrol into the Part A availability of Advanced Clinical Skills and Principles of Medicine & Surgery in the first semester, and the Part B availability of each subject in second semester, in all three years of the residency program. A final subject result will be recorded at the completion of Part B of each subject.
Most students enrolled in this course will be enrolled through the Residency Training Program.
All students will enrol in the following subjects:
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|VETS90046||Advanced Clinical Skills 1 Part A||
|VETS90052||Principles of Medicine & Surgery 1 PtA||
|VETS90047||Advanced Clinical Skills 1 Part B||
|VETS90053||Principles of Medicine & Surgery 1 PtB||
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|VETS90048||Advanced Clinical Skills 2 Part A||
|VETS90054||Principles of Medicine & Surgery 2 PtA||
|VETS90049||Advanced Clinical Skills 2 Part B||
|VETS90055||Principles of Medicine & Surgery 2 PtB||
Please note: the July availabilities of "Part A" subjects above are only available to students who commenced MC-VETSTDR mid-year under exceptional circumstances. All other students must take the Part A subjects in the February availability.
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|VETS90050||Advanced Clinical Skills 3 Part A||
|VETS90056||Principles of Medicine & Surgery 3 PtA||
|VETS90051||Advanced Clinical Skills 3 Part B||
|VETS90057||Principles of Medicine & Surgery 3 PtB||
STANDING PROGRESSION RULES FOR THE MASTER OF VETERINARY STUDIES
The evaluation period for progression in the Master of Veterinary Studies is one year for part time-candidates.
A candidate may progress to each subsequent evaluation period upon successful completion of all components of each subject.
1. Hurdle components
Candidates whose attendance falls below the hurdle requirement will be counselled by their supervisor. If after counselling the candidate fails to remedy the attendance deficit within one evaluation period the candidate may be terminated.
2. Assessed components
Candidates will have failed a subject, either Principles of Medicine and Surgery (PMS) or Advanced Clinical Skills (ACS) if he or she achieves in any one evaluation period an average mark for all assessed components of the subject of less than 50%
3. Repeating an evaluation period
Candidates will not be permitted to repeat a semester (full time) or year (part time).
4. Unsatisfactory Progress and Termination of Enrolment
Candidates whose progress in the course is not satisfactory may have their candidature terminated in accordance with the Academic Progress Review Policy (MPF1291).
A candidate will have made unsatisfactory progress if he or she:
a. fails to meet the hurdle requirements in any two evaluation periods;
b. fails to submit the Major Work for (ACS) prior to the end of the appropriate ACS unit;
c. fails any subject;
d. falls below a 70% average across assessed components of the subjects PMS and ACS in each evaluation period.
5. The Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee
The Residency Training Committee will report unsatisfactory student progress to the Master of Veterinary Studies Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee in accordance with University Policy.
The Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee will convene after the examination period to review the progress of any student who has made unsatisfactory progress. Students in this category will be invited to make an oral and/or written submission to the Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee.
The Course Unsatisfactory Progress Committee is authorised to make decisions on behalf of the Faculty with regard to the progress of individual students, including termination of enrolment, and to vary the Standing Rules for an individual student if it deems that progression of a student can be facilitated without adversely affecting academic standards.
Last updated: 12 November 2021