【澳洲獸醫】獸醫全攻略 2024

隨著社會制度的健全和個人收入的增長,飼養寵物的人群越來越多。而被視為動物健康守護者的獸醫,近年開始備受大眾的關注和推崇。由於香港現時只有一間大學提供獸醫學課程,而且只提供少量學額,所以不少香港學生選擇其他國家修讀獸醫學,今天要為大家講解澳洲獸醫學課程。


澳洲是一個以農牧業為主的國家,養殖業十分蓬勃。其中澳洲約有150萬隻羊,是世界生產羊毛和羊製品最多的國家之一。另外,澳洲擁有多種不同品種的動物,例如樹熊、袋鼠、笑翠鳥、鴨嘴獸、袋熊等,而這些動物亦是澳洲特有的,在其他國家找不到的。

由此可見,不論其獸醫課程內容,還是獸醫醫療技術及器材也是備受世界肯定。意味著學生於修讀獸醫學過程中,有很多機會接觸不同種類的動物。澳洲設有多間動物診所,能給予學生很多實踐動物經驗。再且澳洲獸醫行業缺乏人才,畢業生就業前景明朗,因而所以每年吸引了數以萬計的海外學生遠赴澳洲讀獸醫學課程。


什麼是獸醫學 Veterinary Sciences

獸醫學 (Veterinary Sciences) 是以分子生物學為基礎,來研究動物(包括家畜、家養寵物、野生動物等)疾病發展的規律,並在此基礎上進行疾病的診斷和預防,是一個能確保動物身心健康的綜合科目。

時至今日,獸醫學的研究範圍已不再侷限於養殖業,獸醫從事領域相當廣泛,從大、小動物臨床,到基礎研究,及公共衛生領域均有獸醫是參與監測疾病,從動物園著手舒緩有關風險,防範對動物、人類或兩者均有威脅的疾病(如禽流感及瘋牛症等)。

此外,除了研究一般醫學問題,獸醫學還會關注動物的個體行為,接受獸學培訓,以及如何治療動物的人員生稱為獸醫。

獸醫詳細的工作職責

  • 用醫學和外科方法治療動物,並管理和開藥物、止痛劑、全身和局部麻醉藥;
  • 通過體檢、實驗室檢查和診斷成像技術(包括射線照相和超聲檢查)確定異常狀況的存在和性質;
  • 進行手術,包紮傷口並固定骨折的骨頭;
  • 提供動物分娩服務;
  • 參與旨在防止動物疾病的發生和傳播的政府計劃;
  • 為動物接種疫苗,檢測傳染病,並向當局通報傳染病的爆發;
  • 進行動物屍檢以確定死因;
  • 就動物的健康、營養和餵養、衛生、飼養和照料向客戶提供諮詢;
  • 為生產生物和製藥產品的商業公司提供專業服務;
  • 為專門治療特定的動物群體,或在特定的專業領域提供治療,如心臟病學、脊椎指壓學、皮膚科或危重症護理等。

如何註冊成為澳洲獸醫

如要在澳洲成為註冊獸醫,學生必須要完成澳洲獸醫委員會(AVBC)認可課程,並考獲雅思全部7分的英語成績,然後便可於所屬省份的獸醫局註冊成為合資格獸醫。

澳洲一般的獸醫學課程為 5-6年,昆士蘭大學 The University of Queensland、梅鐸大學 Murdoch University 及詹姆士庫大學 James Cook University 均是5年制課程。而悉尼大學 The University of Sydney、查爾斯史都華大學 Charles Sturt University 及阿德萊德大學 The University of Adelaide 均是6年制課程;另外墨爾本大學 University of Melbourne 亦提供4年制的獸醫學博士課程。

報讀獸醫必要的「動物經驗」是什麼?

學生如打算修讀澳洲獸醫,須清楚知道澳洲大學收生要求,以便可以及早準備。澳洲的獸醫系十分看重學生有否足夠的照顧動物經驗。很多學生因為家裡有養小動物,如貓、狗、兔等,便立志想成為獸醫,亦覺得自己亦有足夠的照顧動物經驗,但這是遠遠不足夠的!

獸醫不單單只是為貓、狗看症,獸醫所接觸的動物種類繁多,所以澳洲大學一般要求學生至少擁有1個月或以上的照顧動物經驗,而且照顧的動物種類不能只限於常見的貓和狗。

以悉尼大學 The University of Sydney 為例,學生需要填寫「承諾聲明」,列出自己過往曾照顧的動物經驗,當中包括,馬、羊、牛、豬、家禽等動物,並詳細說出如何照顧該動物,以及有何體驗。例如,學生須講述如何從籠子裡取出一隻鳥、如何召集羊群回羊棚、如何捕捉及固定豬隻等動物經驗。

故此,學生如有意修讀澳洲獸醫課程,可先參與動物義工活動、到農場照顧動物或到獸醫診所參與「影子訓練」,以增加照顧動物經驗。由於獸醫是一份具挑戰性及愛心的職業,學生必須要有心理準備,在讀書過程中以及就業生涯裡,學生除了需要忍受動物排泄物所帶來的臭味,還要不懼怕血。

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Programme Portfolio Guidance
Hours Attended 10

Sophie is a high school student from Hong Kong who has been passionate about architecture since she was young. She excelled academically and actively participated in various architecture-related activities, such as architectural model competitions and visits. However, as the time for further education approached, Sophie began to feel somewhat lost, due to her very high standards for herself. She knew that to gain admission into architecture programs at prestigious universities like Cambridge or UCL, she needed not only excellent academic grades but also well-rounded abilities and creativity.

By chance, Sophie attended a lecture by Ascent Prep, where the instructors shared their experiences in helping students gain admission to top universities. Ascent Prep introduced her to a mentor who was studying architecture at Cambridge. The mentorship and classes were designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and encouraged Sophie to think critically about the core of architectural studies, enriching her personal statement with diverse elements. In these classes, Sophie learned about architectural history, theory, and design. Her tutor explained complex concepts in an engaging way, making it easy for Sophie to understand.

For instance, during a mock interview, Sophie encountered a challenging question: "What do you think are the professional ethics of an architect?" She had never considered this question before, but with her tutor's guidance, she was able to articulate a well-thought-out answer, boosting her confidence for the actual interview.

The art portfolio is a critical component of university applications, and Sophie's tutor helped her create a portfolio that was both deep and creative. The tutor meticulously guided her through the selection and arrangement of her works, covering her academic research, practical experience, and personal interests. Under the tutor's guidance, Sophie revised her portfolio multiple times, resulting in an impressive collection of work.

Sophie's efforts were rewarded when she was accepted into the Architecture program at the University of Cambridge. Her portfolio showcased her unique understanding of architecture, including a sustainable design proposal that received high praise from her tutor. Moreover, Sophie performed excellently in her university interviews, demonstrating her academic abilities and personal charm.

Sophie's success story is a testament to the effectiveness of the Ascent Prep program, which is dedicated to helping students realize their potential and achieve success in their educational pursuits.

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Andy M.
Desire Subject AEAS
Programme Official AEAS Test Preparation Course
Hours Attended 30

Andy attended a local Hong Kong secondary school. Despite having average grades at school, he has always been afraid of English, to the point of hesitating to speak it. Andy is a typical slow starter; when under pressure, he easily feels overwhelmed. This became even more evident after he took the AEAS test unprepared, resulting in scores far below expectations. The AEAS report recommended Andy to undertake an English course for 20-30 weeks, and the substantial cost of attending a 30-week language course in Australia, including tuition, accommodation, and student insurance, caused considerable concern for his parents. Not only were they considering the dual factors of time and finances, but they also hoped that Andy could have more opportunities to apply to his desired schools. That's when they found us, the only official preparatory course institution recognized by AEAS. In the 1-on-1 courses at Ascent Prep, students receive meticulous instruction from teachers and consultants, improving their English skills and gradually overcoming their fear of English. To the parents' surprise, the child performed excellently in the AEAS test. By achieving good results in Hong Kong, the AEAS report reduced the required language class from 30 weeks to just 4 weeks before entering mainstream schools in Australia. This not only saved money but also allowed the child to integrate into the Australian mainstream education system sooner.

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