• Animals and Land subject area. Photo credit: Murdoch University.Study veterinary science in Australia or New Zealand. Photo credit: Murdoch University

These courses revolve around the themes of Nature and nurture: How we harness, develop and care for the world’s natural resources.

Land-based industries are hugely significant for Australia and New Zealand, economically and politically, and as a result academic study and research in these areas is seen as being of key importance.

Australian and New Zealand universities receive considerable levels of government and industry funding and assistance toward their research and teaching in these fields. They have built up a wealth of knowledge, expertise and research capability in the areas of agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and viticulture, and deservedly strong reputations in associated industries such as veterinary science.

The resources and expertise available to students who want to study agriculture, horticulture, animal studies, zoology, veterinary science, or viticulture and oenology in Australia and New Zealand are considerable, and very appealing. Courses are developed in consultation with industry, and industry professionals are often involved in teaching and development.

New Zealand and Australia’s thriving wine industries offer students the chance to study with some of the world’s best wine makers, and get valuable insights into the production, development, and sales and marketing sides of the business – and pick up valuable work placements if they choose. Many viticulture and oenology courses are practical and hands-on.

Veterinary Science - what you need to know about professional accreditation

Australia and New Zealand are also great places to study veterinary science. Veterinary science is usually an undergraduate (bachelors) degree, although there are some graduate entry options available.

Veterinary science courses are also practical and hands in nature. Many universities include clinical practice right from first year. The courses are broad, dealing with small and large animals as well as with wildlife. Students are not asked to choose between specialising in small or large animals. Facilities are excellent – many of the universities have working farms on campus – and the degrees awarded very well recognised. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in the UK has accredited all the Australian and New Zealand veterinary degrees represented by Study Options, which means that graduates can come home to the UK and work as vets immediately, with no need for any further study or professional assessment. Please see the RCVS website for more information.  Many of the courses also hold professional accreditation from the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), making a veterinary degree from Australia or New Zealand a truly global qualification.