Good news to those who want to be a vet! (Previously the usual option is to study in Australia). The veterinary medicine programme looks very rigorous, taking a total of 5.5 – 6.5 years, more than the duration of NUS medicine (5 years). At the end of the day, travel to Australia is still required though as it is a concurrent degree with University of Melbourne.
In a first for Singapore, the NUS will offer undergraduates a chance to study veterinary medicine through its new concurrent degree programme with the University of Melbourne. At present, only Ngee Ann and Temasek Polytechnics offer diploma courses respectively in veterinary bioscience and veterinary technology. The programme, which will take between 5.5 to 6.5 years to complete, will take in 10 students for a start, with the number to increase if demand is high.
They will spend 1.5 years at NUS to grow their foundation, followed by one-year abroad at the University of Melbourne to read modules in Year 1 of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). After that, the students will spend another three years in Melbourne to complete their studies. While they will pay prevailing NUS and University of Melbourne tuition fees during their time in Singapore and Australia, Singaporean students can expect to pay about 15 per cent less in tuition fees for the DVM portion of the programme as compared to the four-year course in Melbourne as an international student. They will graduate with an NUS bachelor’s degree in life sciences and a graduate-entry, professional veterinary science qualification from the University of Melbourne.