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

RankVet SchoolStudentsSatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1James Cook University40993%$44,733184
2Murdoch University46387%$46,602179
3Charles Sturt University38292%$45,182165
4University of Sydney64782%$42,924146
5University of Queensland62285%$40,378132
6University of Melbourne43085%$39,76945

Updated: 14 November 2016

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

1. Vet School Size

Vet SchoolStudents
University of Sydney647
University of Queensland622
Murdoch University463
University of Melbourne430
James Cook University409
Charles Sturt University382
University of Adelaide170

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 SchoolGraduatesStudentsOverall
James Cook University91%92%93%
Charles Sturt University90%90%92%
Murdoch University90%80%87%
University of Queensland88%82%85%
La Trobe University83%85%
University of Melbourne85%85%
University of Adelaide86%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

RankVet SchoolEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1Murdoch University88%3%9%$46,602
2Charles Sturt University89%3%8%$45,182
3James Cook University89%1%10%$44,733
4University of Sydney64%18%18%$42,924
5University of Queensland76%7%17%$40,378
6University of Melbourne36%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.