Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Wellness Care


The aim of the Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Wellness Care programme is to promote knowledge and skills in veterinary nursing, wellness and rehabilitation for application in the veterinary, pet care, biomedical research, wildlife rehabilitation and relevant industries. 

Upon graduating from the course, graduates should be able to:

  • apply basic scientific knowledge in nutrition and diet planning for animal wellness and rehabilitation
  • apply common veterinary wellness or massage techniques for animal health maintenance
  • apply knowledge in care for animals of different breeds and stages of growth and development as well as those that suffer from injury and ill health
  • apply knowledge in animal behavior enrichment and socialization
  • assist veterinarians in therapeutic treatment such as herbal therapy and acupuncture or other forms of complementary  veterinary care and support
  • apply knowledge and skill sets in veterinary dental nursing, post-surgery care and first adi and emergency rescue care
  • apply knowledge of animal welfare and develop an animal wellness plan

Target Participants
  • Fresh graduates with relevant diploma or equivalent in veterinary technology, veterinary bioscience, biomedical science and technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nursing or occupational therapy.
  • Diploma or equivalent in veterinary technology, veterinary bioscience, biomedical science and technology, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nursing or occupational therapy with more than 1 year of experience.

 Course Information

Course Date:

14 October 2019

Course Duration:

Part-Time / 1 year

This course consists of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Course Frequency:

3 times a week, 7pm to 10pm on weekdays

Application Period:

29 April 2019 - 30 June 2019

 Course Fees

Course Fee Per Modular Certificate

Workfare Training Scheme (WTS)1 


SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens


Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above


Singapore Citizens aged below 40


Singapore Permanent Residents


Others & Repeat Students


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(nett fee payable inclusive of GST)
1Please refer to www.workfare.sg for more information on WTS
MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.
Fees payable is based on per MC.
The course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

 Career Opportunities

Graduates would be able to apply their knowledge and skills at veterinary clinics and hospitals, animal theme park, animal shelters and rescue centres, pet wellness, animal welfare and education centres and laboratory animal facilities.

 Contact Us

  6788 1212

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy 
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)

What You Will Learn

To be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Wellness Care, participants are required to complete a total of 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each PDC.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Veterinary Care & Health

Subject code Subject

It covers normal and abnormal behaviours and different enrichment modes for improving behaviour of animals from the wild and those under human care in confinement as in pet shops, wildlife parks, and laboratory animal facilities.  Signals through pheromones, auditory, visual and tactile means used in animal communication that impact on behaviour would be covered.


It covers different forms of nursing care such as breed specific care and health; care for the different animal life stages such as the young and senior care for companion animals, wildlife and avian animals; aquatic care for species such as reptilian, terrapins and fish; wound management, body condition scoring, pain assessment, post-surgery and recovery care; pre- and postpartum care and management of post-surgery complications. Animal health and common diseases including zoonotic transmission as well as relevant aspects of One Health will be covered.


It covers responsible handling and first aid care for wild and domestic animals, equine, laboratory and aquatic animals. Procedures on appropriate sheltering, evacuation and transportation, care and feeding and use of suitable equipment or devices for performing rescue and disaster preparedness as well as euthanasia, carcass documentation and disposal would be covered.

Post-Diploma Certificate in Certificate in Veterinary Wellness and Rehabilitation

Subject code Subject

It covers basics of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine including concepts of Qi, the Yin Yang and the Five element viewpoints as well as applications in animal therapy and wellness. A holistic overview on the relations between the animal body and diseases or disorders from the viewpoints of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and western veterinary medicine will be covered.


It covers different types of exercise for rehabilitation and general health maintenance for small and large animals. Exercises will include muscle toning, agility enhancement, mental and physical co-ordination as well as hydrotherapy, different wellness and rehabilitation techniques, dental hygiene, grooming and socialisation. Wellness health screening and diagnosis as well as wellness programme planning for the young, adult and senior pet animal will be covered.


It covers consideration factors for planning a diet subject to animal breed, age and health condition. Herbal nutrition will also be covered.

Modes of Assessment

The assessment would be based on 100% coursework with written & practical tests, case studies, assignments, presentations and projects. 

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is at least a Polytechnic diploma or equivalent in veterinary technology and science, veterinary bioscience, biomedical science and technology, nursing or occupational therapy.
  • Applicants with other equivalent academic qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Application Procedures & Enquiries

Submit on-line application via: https://cetoas.tp.edu.sg/Account/Logon

Temasek SkillsFuture Academy
Temasek Polytechnic
(East Wing Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 81)
21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Opening Hours
8.30 am to 7.00 pm (Mon to Fri)
Closed on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays

Contact Details
Tel: 6788 1212
Email: tsa_acadcet@tp.edu.sg
URL: http://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa

Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.

Last updated 1 November 2017