STEP 3: Final (Clinical) Examination
The Final (Clinical) Examination can only be undertaken after successfully passing the Preliminary (MCQ) Examination.
English Language Requirements
A candidate’s English language test result must be valid when sitting the Final (Clinical) Examination. Validity can be renewed by re-sitting a test to current standards. The requirement to retake an English language test may be waived in certain circumstances. Please refer to the English Language Standards for more information.
Candidates must attempt the Final (Clinical) Examination within 3 years of passing the Preliminary (MCQ) Examination.
The Final (Clinical) Examination is set at a level based on the competence standards of the veterinary profession as benchmarked against Australasian graduates.
The examination tests knowledge and understanding of disease and animal management under Australasian conditions at a level that will allow you to practise effectively in Australia or New Zealand. This entails demonstrating ability to make appropriate decisions about diagnostic steps, treatment regimens and control plans on the spot, using histories and case information provided by the examiner. Candidates will be expected to explain and justify decisions on diagnosis and treatment plans.
The examination also includes assessment of practical skills including animal handling and basic surgical procedures. While knowledge of specific information is expected, this examination tests the ability to work through problems as would be expected of you in clinical veterinary practice. Competence in clinical deduction and problem-solving, and basic clinical procedures is critical to allow adequate performance in this exam.
The Final (Clinical) Examination is held over five days at an Australian veterinary school (currently at the University of Queensland), usually in November. An additional examination session may sometimes be offered mid-year at the discretion of AVEC and subject to demand.
Preparing for the Final (Clinical) Examination
After a candidate has passed the Preliminary (MCQ) Examination, Candidates in Australia may also apply for a specific, conditional or limited form of registration in some states/territories of Australia or in New Zealand which would allow them to work under direct supervision while they prepare for the clinical examination. They may also apply for a specific category of membership of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and obtain information from the AVA regarding the availability of insurance for supervised clinical experience.
To find out more details about examination format and preparation, download the Information for AVE Candidates booklet.