Have you always dreamt of becoming a veterinarian? Want to take care of animals for a living? Loving animals and knowing their favourite petting spots is not enough. You need a proper education in veterinary science.
And that’s not all. As veterinarians are governed by a professional body, you’ll need to make sure that you meet the various requirements set by the Malaysian Veterinary Council.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can be a veterinarian in Malaysia after SPM.
Step #1. Meet the minimum requirements at SPM or equivalent
To be eligible to pursue a veterinary science degree in Malaysia, you will generally need to have at least 5 credits at SPM level or equivalent, including Mathematics and 2 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
In addition, you may also require a credit in Bahasa Melayu and English.
Do note that the requirements could be higher depending on the university, with some universities requiring you to have at least 5Bs in all 3 Science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Mathematics and Additional Mathematics.
Step #2. Take a pre-university or foundation programme
Once you have the grades at SPM level or equivalent, you can then proceed to take a pre-university programme (e.g. A Level, SACEi, STPM, etc.) or a Foundation in Science.
While the requirements will differ from one university to another, the academic requirements at this level are a minimum CGPA of 3.50 and at least a B in Biology, Physics or Chemistry, and Mathematics.
With this, you will be able to pursue a Degree in Veterinary Science.
Step #3. Pursue an accredited veterinary science degree
To practice as a veterinarian in Malaysia, you must have graduate with a Degree in Veterinary Science from a university that is approved by the Malaysian Veterinary Council (MVC), the national governing body in veterinary science.
There are only 2 universities in Malaysia that are recognised by MVC — Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK). Alternatively, you can also choose to pursue your veterinary degree overseas in approved institutions in countries such as Indonesia, India, Australia and the UK.
Alternative route to UPM via Saluran Alternatif
Entry into veterinary science at UPM and UMK via UPU can be highly competitive due to the large number of applicants vying for very few spots.
If you did not manage to secure a spot normally through UPU but you still want to study veterinary science in Malaysia, you can apply directly to UPM through its Saluran Alternatif. This alternative channel allows you to study the degree of your choice at UPM as long as you meet the academic requirements. Do note, however, that your tuition fees will be more expensive than the normal UPU route.
Step #4. Register as a veterinary surgeon with MVC
Once you’ve successfully completed your veterinary science degree, you can immediately register to become a veterinary surgeon with MVC. Only MVC-registered veterinarians are allowed to practice veterinary science in Malaysia so this is an important step.
Step #5. Apply for an Annual Practicing Certificate
The one final step you need to complete before you can legally practice veterinary science in Malaysia is to apply for an Annual Practicing Certificate (APC). Only an MVC-registered veterinary surgeon who is a Malaysian citizen can apply for the APC.
After successfully obtaining your APC, you can now practice as a veterinarian in Malaysia. In addition, you’ll also be able to use the title of “Dr”.
If you’re curious about how to become a veterinarian in Malaysia, then you’ve come to the right place. We hope this guide will help you live out your dream of becoming a veterinarian.