Veterinary Studies Summer School in Sydney

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The Immerse Education Veterinary Studies Summer Programme in Sydney presents an exceptional educational journey for aspiring veterinarians aged 13-15 and 16-18. Located in the vibrant city of Sydney, Australia, this programme delves into veterinary sciences, animal care, and medical diagnostics within a stimulating, inspiring environment.

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Veterinary Studies
Students will delve into animal health and care, gaining valuable insights into veterinary medicine and preparing for careers in animal welfare.
Provides a thorough introduction to diverse academic fields. Ideal for students beginning to contemplate their future academic paths and eager to explore various disciplines.
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Ages 13-15

Veterinary Studies
Students will delve into animal health and care, gaining valuable insights into veterinary medicine and preparing for careers in animal welfare.
Provides a thorough introduction to diverse academic fields. Ideal for students beginning to contemplate their future academic paths and eager to explore various disciplines.
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Ages 16-18

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Academic Insights curriculum is focused on preparing you for academic life in the world’s top universities.

Academic Sessions

At Immerse Education, we’re committed to providing a transformative learning experience that goes beyond traditional classroom settings. When you enroll in our programmes, you can expect a rich array of outcomes that will empower you for a lifetime of success.

Our programmes equip you with a diverse skill set that’s applicable across various disciplines and environments. From communication and critical thinking to problem-solving and collaboration, you’ll cultivate skills that are highly sought after in today’s fast-paced world. These skills extend beyond academia and empower you to thrive in any professional or personal setting.

Immerse Education is dedicated to providing an immersive and holistic educational experience. Beyond the structured curriculum, you’ll engage in workshops, seminars, and interactive activities that broaden your horizons. Expect to explore diverse perspectives, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and gain insights that enrich your understanding of the world.

Upon successfully completing your Immerse Education programme, you’ll earn a Certificate of Achievement that validates your dedication and growth. This certificate serves as a testament to your hard work, commitment, and the valuable skills you’ve acquired. It’s a tangible representation of your journey and a noteworthy addition to your academic and professional portfolio.

Module 1 - Life and Evolution

Biology is an immensely diverse science. Evolution is the unifying concept that runs through the life sciences, from the origin and diversification of life to understanding behaviour, to dealing with disease. Evolution through natural selection is the framework in biology in which specific details make sense. This session will explore how new species continue to arise while others go extinct and discuss the role of mutations as the raw material on which selection acts. By the end, you will have developed the ability to examine novel biological systems and understand the complex processes that have shaped those systems.

Animals kept for food and companionship, are diverse and beautifully complex. In this session, students will develop an understanding of the structure and function of domestic animals with an emphasis on the systems relevant to animal scientists. The session includes learning about the anatomy and physiology of domestic animals’ cells, basic tissue structure, and an overview of homeostatic control systems. An understanding of the normal functioning of these systems allows the identification of how these systems can be influenced by animal management and the animals’ environment.

This session will provide the foundation for a career involving animals with an emphasis on livestock (cattle, sheep, pigs, fish/aquaculture, and poultry), horses, and wildlife. A focus on a clear understanding of animal production systems and the global environment is developed through tutorials and hands-on in-field practicals. We will learn about indigenous animal management, animal husbandry, animal health and welfare, and genetics.

Effective metabolic function is critical for animal health and well-being. Based on case study work, students will compare and contrast the structure and function of the hepatobiliary, endocrine and urinary systems of different species, leading to explaining the processes. This session will increase students’ knowledge of the metabolic processes of cells, tissues, and whole animals by examining the structure. We will apply knowledge of animal nutrition and function to determine the underlying basis of metabolic disease and disorders and how to alleviate the dysfunction.

The era of genomics has revolutionised our approach to biology. Recent breakthroughs in genetics and genomic technologies have led to improvements in human and animal health, in breeding, and in the curation and care of wild species and complex ecosystems. Students will investigate and describe ways modern biology uses genetics and genomics to study life, from the unicellular through to complex multicellular organisms and their interactions in communities and ecosystems.

Veterinary pathogenesis is a wide branch of veterinary science that focus on the concept of the interaction between the host (or the animal), the agent of disease (genetics, physical, chemical, and infectious agents), and environmental factors. In disease states, the host responds to the aetiological agent of disease and the environment through one of the basic five pathological processes that occur in tissues. A case-based approach will be used to illustrate these principles and enable the student to develop a problem-solving approach and skills in critical thinking.

One of the greatest limiting factors to the health and well-being of animals under our care is the nutritional value of their feed. Whether provided by nature or manufactured to meet the production and health needs of farmed animals, being able to provide suitable nutrition to animals in our care is fundamental to good animal health management. We will build up our knowledge of animal nutrition by assessments of nutritional adequacy and solving nutritional problems. You will develop the skills to create diets based on sound science, to meet animal requirements for a variety of purposes and under a variety of constraints. Students will also identify deficiencies, excesses, and imbalances in diets minimising disease risk.

Animals play a significant role in the lives of people and communities, this includes food, production, and pets for companionship. This session integrates the areas of animal biology and ecology with that of veterinary science. You will learn about the science that underpins the biology of animal health and disease including physiology, molecular biology, infectious agents and animal welfare. An emphasis will be on the prevention, treatment and understanding of disease in production and companion animals and wildlife.

This session will delve deeper into the study of organ function and dysfunction in animals. We will introduce the normal structure and function of the nervous, ocular and auditory systems, and the ability to identify the dysfunction of these systems. Pharmacology and therapeutics will relate to this session. We will apply our knowledge to case-based learning, enhancing the development of clinical reasoning abilities and analysing cases involving multiple organ perturbations.

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Our veterinary studies tutors provide outstanding support to aspiring veterinarians. Their professional and academic experiences in clinical practice, animal health, and surgical techniques enable them to guide students through a comprehensive veterinary studies syllabus. By sharing their academic and career journeys, they inspire dedication and compassion in students. Personalised guidance ensures students are well-prepared for veterinary careers, no matter the specialism they aspire to or the pathway they plan to take. Tutors also help ESL students master the veterinary terminology essential for global practice and study.

Guest Speakers from Previous Summers

Career Insights participants will hear from an influential guest speaker from a variety of inspiring backgrounds.

Former senior detective
Suzanne Williams QPM

An experienced hostage negotiator who has worked on some of the highest profile and dangerous hostage situations across the world, including negotiating in war zones.

Ex military officer and CEO of Midnight Runners
Jody Bragger

An ex-military officer and CEO of Midnight Runners – the world’s largest independent running community, he is also the founder of the Mogadishu Marathon, the country’s first since the outbreak of war.

Adventurer and traveller
Sarah Outen

A British adventurer who has successfully circumnavigated the globe, overcome huge obstacles and endured extreme conditions in remote environments, often alone for months at a time. 

The Immerse Education Difference

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Top university placement

Our students end up in top universities:
Including Oxford, NYU, Cambridge, Harvard, Imperial College London, University of Toronto, MIT, and many more.

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Safe & secure environment

The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training.

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Accreditations, awards & partnerships

We are accredited with Aegis and BAC, and won: Queens Award for Enterprises, British Youth Travel: Best Educational product finalist, and Educational Investor Award 2023.

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Post-programme benefits

Including Access to Membership Benefits and Events from Partners, Life-time Access to Learning Opportunities via the Immerse Alumni Network, Live Events, Exclusive Offers from our Partners.

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Our expert mentors

All mentors on our programmes are past/current students at Oxford or Cambridge University All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse student.

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Veterinary Studies Summer School FAQs

Why study Veterinary Studies in Sydney?

Sydney’s animal care institutions and veterinary community offer a unique context to study veterinary studies. Engage with veterinary experts, gain hands-on experience, and explore animal healthcare innovations in the context of Australia’s diverse wildlife and thriving community of pet-lovers.

The Veterinary Studies programme is available for students aged 13-15 and 16-18 in Sydney only.

Immerse Education programmes are designed to provide a unique insight into what it’s like to study a subject at university level, with tutors designing rich and interesting curricula to enhance participants’ passion for their chosen discipline. For detailed information on the Veterinary Medicine programme, including specific topics of study, the course syllabus is available to download. 

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