The best veterinary schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. James Cook University
  2. Murdoch University
  3. Charles Sturt University

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • veterinary school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with veterinary science courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Veterinary Science includes: Veterinary Science and Veterinary Studies.

James Cook University

The Veterinary Sciences group at JCU is ranked 1st in Australia.

JCU has a 93% student and graduate satisfaction rate for Veterinary Science courses.

Murdoch University

The School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch is ranked 2nd in Australia for Veterinary Science.

The School has the best job and pay outcomes for graduates ($46,602 indicative starting salary).

Charles Sturt University

The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at CSU is in Australia’s top 3 for Veterinary Science in 2017.

The School achieves a high course satisfaction rate) and graduate pay and employment outcomes are relatively good.

Veterinary Science Rankings

Rank Vet School Students Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 James Cook University 409 93% $44,733 184
2 Murdoch University 463 87% $46,602 179
3 Charles Sturt University 382 92% $45,182 165
4 University of Sydney 647 82% $42,924 146
5 University of Queensland 622 85% $40,378 132
6 University of Melbourne 430 85% $39,769 45

Updated: 14 November 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Vet School Size

Vet School Students
University of Sydney 647
University of Queensland 622
Murdoch University 463
University of Melbourne 430
James Cook University 409
Charles Sturt University 382
University of Adelaide 170

Source: Department of Education and Training, 2015 Special Courses (Category: Veterinary)

Count of students enrolled in courses leading to registration as a veterinary surgeon or veterinary practitioner.

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Vet School Graduates Students Overall
James Cook University 91% 92% 93%
Charles Sturt University 90% 90% 92%
Murdoch University 90% 80% 87%
University of Queensland 88% 82% 85%
La Trobe University 83% 85%
University of Melbourne 85% 85%
University of Adelaide 86% 79% 83%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by student and graduate satisfaction, with an adjustment for lower average satisfaction rates for current students compared to graduates. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank Vet School Employed Studying Other Salary
1 Murdoch University 88% 3% 9% $46,602
2 Charles Sturt University 89% 3% 8% $45,182
3 James Cook University 89% 1% 10% $44,733
4 University of Sydney 64% 18% 18% $42,924
5 University of Queensland 76% 7% 17% $40,378
6 University of Melbourne 36% 51% 12% $39,769

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2012-2014)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.