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Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Science

Agriculture,​ Environment and Veterinar​y Science

The Business and Economics
discipline is one of the most popular program choices for international
students coming to Australia.

Specialisations
This
discipline covers a large study area including the following specialisations:

Agribusiness;

Land
and Water Management;

Agricultural Biotechnology;

Marine Science;

Agricultural Economics;

Natural Resource Management;

Agronomy;

Parks, Recreation and Heritage Management;

Animal Production/Science;

Resource and Environmental Management;

Aquaculture;

Rural Development;

Coastal Management;

Sustainable Development;

Conservation and Land Management;

Tropical Animal Science;

Crop Production;

Veterinary Science;

Ecology;

Viticulture;

Environmental and Urban Planning;

Wilderness Reserves and Wildlife;

Equine Science;

Wine Marketing/Science;

Fisheries;

Zoo-keeping.

Forest Science;

Horticulture;

Certificate
Diploma
Advanced
Diploma
Bachelor
Degree
Graduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Diploma
Masters
by research/coursework
PhD

Qualifications
Agriculture,
Environment and Veterinary Science disciplines are offered at the following
qualifications levels:

Most
specialisations listed above are offered at all levels of academia. An
exception to this is Veterinary Science. The Bachelor of Veterinary Science provides
graduates with the qualification to practise as a Veterinarian. This course is
only offered at the university level. In most other specialisations, pathways
are available for students wanting to upgrade from Certificates to Diplomas to
Advanced Diplomas and on to university studies.   Most
qualifications at both vocational and university levels include practical hands
on experience.

University Programs

Entry
requirements into Bachelor Degree programs are higher than vocational programs.
Examples of courses offered in agriculture, environmental and veterinary
science fields include:

LEVEL
QUALIFICATION

Undergraduate
Diploma
of Applied Science; Bachelor of Agribusiness; Bachelor of Agricultural Science; Bachelor of Applied Science; Bachelor of Environmental Science/Management; Bachelor of Natural Resource Economics; Bachelor of Veterinary Science.

Postgraduate
Masters
of Tropical Veterinary Science; Masters by Research; and PhD.

Undergraduate
In most cases,
for admission into an undergraduate program students are required to complete
qualifications equivalent to Australian grade 12, as well as fulfilling subject
prerequisites. Typically Veterinary Science has higher entry requirements than
environmental based programs followed by agricultural based programs. For
example:
Examples of typical entry
requirements are:

Bachelor
of Agriculture – entry requirements range from A Level requirement of 5 to 6
points and students must have achieved a pass in Chemistry or Physics and
Mathematics at high school.

Bachelor
of Environmental Science – entry requirements range from A Level requirements of 9
points down to 5 points and student must have achieved a pass in Chemistry
or Physics and Mathematics at high school.

Bachelor
of Veterinary Science – typically has an entry requirements of 13 A Level points
and prerequisite subjects of Mathematics, English, Physics and Chemistry
and has quota restrictions.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate programs offered in this discipline provide:

Re-training of non-professionals;

Up-grading qualifications;

Specialized
training in specific fields.

The graduate courses designed for students without a relevant degree have lower entry requirements than those courses provided to students upgrading their qualifications in the field.

Postgraduate research programs usually require students to have completed a Bachelor Degree with Honours I or II. Select universities have pathways available to students wishing to complete a research degree without Honours.

Pathways

There are several pathway options for students interested in the Agriculture and Environmental disciplines. Fewer pathways exist for students wanting to enrol in Veterinary Science. Many universities offer Diploma and Certificate program articulation pathways to Bachelor Degree levels.

Professional Associations
Most of the
programs offered within this discipline include hands-on practical experience
such as: laboratory experiments; field studies and research assignments. This
experience provides graduates with on-the-job skills before graduation.
Graduates may
be eligible for membership at one of the following professional associations:

Agriculture
Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) National
Farmers Federation (NFF)International
Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)

Environment
Australian
Conservation Foundation (ACF) Ecological Society of Australia (ECOLSOC) Environmental Industry
Association (EIA)

Fisheries
National
Aquaculture Council (NAC) World Aquaculture Society (WAS)

Forestry
Australia’s
National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI) Global Association of Online Foresters (GAOF)

Horticulture
and Viticulture
Australian
Institute of Horticulture (AIH) Winemakers
Federation of Australia (WFA) International Society for Horticultural Science
(ISHS)

Veterinary
Science
Australian
Veterinary Association (AVA) International
Veterinary Students Association (IVSA) World Veterinary Association (WVA)

Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities

Agricultural
Scientist/Engineer;

Horticulturalist;

Animal Attendant;

Forestry and Soil Professionals;

Aquaculture Technician;

Park Rangers;

Environmental Scientist;

Veterinarian;

Farmer/Farm Worker;

Veterinarian Assistant;

Gardener/Landscaper;
Winemaker.

Greens Keeper;
Chiropractor;

Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship.

“Workmanship”

– ​ Abraham Lincoln –