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Course Overview

Hey animal lovers! Thinking of turning your passion for animals into a career? As veterinary medicine steadily advances, there is an increasing demand for veterinary professionals with in-depth knowledge of the science, veterinary best practices and current welfare issues.


This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills in veterinary science and technology to improve animal welfare. You will learn about animal anatomy, physiology and nutrition. You will also be well-equipped with skills such as handling and caring for small animals and aquatic species, veterinary practice management, veterinary surgical nursing techniques and diagnostic laboratory procedures.


Upon graduation, you will be able to take on job positions such as animal care officers, aquarist, pet care advisor, research technician, veterinary technician or nurse.



All students are required to bring their own notebooks for lessons. You may refer to the required technical specifications for notebooks HERE.

Entry Requirements


‘O’ Levels

At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes

and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec

GPA ≥ 2.0 OR

GPA ≥ 1.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR


GPA ≥ 3.5 OR

GPA ≥ 3.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 2.0 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
Nitec in Technology/Services GPA ≥ 3.5 and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
WSQ Qualification Relevant WSQ Qualification with 1 year of relevant working experience and WSQ Workplace Literacy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6) AND Workplace Numeracy Statement of Attainment (SOA)(Level 6)
Without relevant academic qualifications At least 2 years of relevant working experience

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Who Should Attend

The Diploma in Applied Science (Veterinary Technology) is targeted at individuals working in the veterinary clinics or hospitals, wildlife conservation parks, biomedical research facilities and related industries.

What You'll Learn

To be awarded the Diploma, participants are required to complete a total of 5 Modular Certificates (MCs). A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each MC.

Subject Code Subject
AVET104 Fundamentals of Biology

This subject introduces the biology of cells and the structure-function relationship of cells, cellular membranes, cell organelles, the structures, and properties of key biomolecules of living systems. It also covers the important fundamentals of microbiology such as the types of microorganisms, their cultivation, growth, and control. Basic laboratory skills involving the study of cell structures with the use of microscopy techniques, as well as basic biochemical analysis, will also be introduced.

AVET105 Animal Ecology & Conservation

This subject covers the fundamental concepts of ecology and various sampling techniques to determine the abundance and distribution of organisms in ecological studies. The subject also covers ecological interactions between and within species and various aspects of environmental science, with focus on biodiversity conservation.

Subject Code Subject
AVET204 Animal Nutrition, Care & Behaviour

This subject covers an introduction to the nutrition, care, and behaviour of companion animals. The fundamental principles and how they are applied to different species of animals will be elaborated in the sub-topics of nutrition, housing, environmental factors, breed identification, first aid and wound management, animal behaviour and preventive health programmes.

AVET205 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology

This subject introduces the fundamentals of veterinary anatomy using systemic, applied and comparative anatomy. It also covers basic veterinary physiology in correlation to the structure-function relationship of the various organ systems.

Subject Code Subject
AVET304 Animal Diseases & Diagnostics

This subject covers various diseases commonly found in companion animals, causes of diseases, modes of disease transmission, identification and recognition of clinical signs and symptoms, important zoonotic diseases, and One Health concepts. Students will learn the basic knowledge and technical skills to perform various laboratory procedures used for the evaluation of health and disease. It emphasizes the importance of sample collection and handling and processes for the study of animal disease. The processes and principles used to evaluate pancreatic, liver, kidney and other organ functions are also included.

AVET305 Veterinary Anaesthesia & Pharmacology

This subject addresses the basics of anaesthesia management in dogs and cats, and will include topics on anaesthetic administration, anaesthetic equipment, patient monitoring, and recovery. It will also introduce students to principles of pharmacology where students will learn the basic mechanisms of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and toxicology, drug classes and properties of common veterinary drugs, as well as its application in the preparation and dispensation of drugs.

Subject Code Subject
AVET404 Clinical Veterinary Nursing

This subject introduces veterinary nursing practices which include the areas of medical, theatre and radiology nursing. It covers the basic knowledge and technical skills required to perform routine nursing tasks such as caring for warded patients, prepping for surgery, and carrying out diagnostic imaging tests.

AVET405 Professional Veterinary Practice

This subject introduces students to the concepts of basic veterinary practice management to equip them to be effective contributors to their workplace. Students will learn how to perform administrative and team management duties within the veterinary clinic. Emphasis will be placed on the development of effective communication skills and providing excellent client care.

Subject Code Subject
AVET504 Laboratory Animal Science & Genetics

This subject covers the care and use of common laboratory animals for breeding and research, operation and maintenance of animal facilities, animal biosafety levels; disease prevention and control, and occupational health and safety. Students will also learn the foundational knowledge and basic laboratory techniques in molecular genetics. It includes basic concepts of the heredity and the central dogma, and applications of genomics technologies in veterinary science.

AVET505 Aquatic Animal Care & Nutrition

This subject covers various aspects of aquatic care, health, and diseases. Topics will include fish husbandry, health management and good practices, diseases, nutrition, and control and prevention of fish diseases. Various laboratory and diagnostic tests used for identifying fish disease pathogens will also be covered.

Modes of Assessment


Assessments will be based on a combination of coursework components such as written and practical tests, case studies, assignments/projects.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the course will be able to take on job roles such as, animal care officers, aquarist, pet care advisor, research technician, veterinary technician or nurse etc.

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Course Contact

  • Mainline 67881212
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Closed during lunchtime, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    and on weekends and public holidays.

  • https://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 109
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

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