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.
UNIQUE COURSE PROVIDER
As the only part-time diploma training provider in veterinary science, you will acquire in-depth knowledge and skill sets in veterinary care from highly experienced lecturers and industry practitioners.
HANDS-ON LEARNING AT CAVS
Gain valuable hands-on experience in veterinary care at our Centre for Aquaculture & Veterinary Science (CAVS), a purpose-built, innovative and technology-driven centre.
ELIGIBLE TO USE SKILLSFUTURE CREDIT
Approved by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Singapore Citizens (SC) can enjoy the benefit of using their SkillsFuture Credit on top of existing government course subsidies to pay for the course.
At least 3 ‘O’ Level passes
and 1 year of relevant working experience OR
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.
This subject investigates the important fundamentals of microbiology and its relevance to the food, biotechnology and veterinary industries. It covers the types of microorganisms, their cultivation and growth as well as the control.
This subject covers the biology of cells of higher organisms, including structure-function relationships of cellular membranes and internal organelles, cell cycle and nuclear division, transport mechanisms and cell communication, cell motility and the cytoskeleton and cell death. Basic laboratory skills involving the study of cell structures with the use of cell staining techniques and microscopy will also be introduced in this subject.
This subject introduces the fundamentals of organic chemistry of biological importance and the essential biomolecules present in biological systems. The structures and properties of biomolecules, as well as the basic concepts of bioenergetics and metabolism of important biochemical pathways will also be introduced to illustrate how these interactions lead to life processes.
|AVET201||Animal Anatomy and Physiology
This subject covers a fundamental introduction to 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.
|AVET202||Animal Nutrition, Feeds & Feeding
This subject covers a fundamental introduction to basic concept of animal nutrition and nutritive requirements of animals (aquatic and terrestrial). It also covers animals’ feed formulation as well as the feeding behaviors of the animals.
|AVET203||Animal Care, Husbandry & Behaviour
This subject covers an introduction to the husbandry, care and behavior of animals, with emphasis on domestic companion species. The fundamental principles and practical application will be elaborated in the sub-topics of handling and restraint, animal housing and environmental conditions, animal management with respect to behavior under different conditions, application of first aid and wound management, breed identification, and preventative health programs.
|AVET301||Veterinary Surgery & Anaesthesia
This subject covers the basic principles of surgery and anaesthesia management for animals and veterinary facility management. Topics will also include anaesthetic administration, monitoring and recovery of animal from anaesthesia, surgical and dental procedures, anaesthetic and surgical equipment and basic suturing skills.
This subject introduces students to diagnostic laboratory procedures, and covers the basic knowledge and technical skills to perform various tests used for the evaluation of health and disease. It highlights the techniques of sample collection, as well as the importance of proper sample handling and preservation. The processes and principles used to evaluate organ function, including the liver, kidneys and pancreas will also be covered.
This subject covers basic general pathology principles, and the skills required for necropsy and histotechnology. This knowledge will be consolidated by studying various aspects of some of the common diseases found in domestic small and large animal species, including the aetiology, modes of transmission, clinical signs, diagnostic and treatment methods.
|AVET401||Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology
This subject covers a fundamental introduction in veterinary pharmacology and toxicology using systemic approaches. Clinical and research applications of the drugs will be discussed in relation to the drug effects and mechanisms of action. The mechanism of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics from different classes of clinical drugs will also be covered.
|AVET402||Animal Health and Diseases
This subject covers an introduction to animal diseases of significance to veterinary and laboratory technicians. The subject will introduce students to pathogenic agents, their modes of action, and the observed symptoms.
|AVET403||Veterinary Practice Management
This subject covers the basic concepts of managing the physical and human resource aspects of veterinary practices. Topics include management of veterinary facilities and human resources, client care and marketing. Students will be taught the skills necessary to perform various roles which include that of record keeper, receptionist, stock keeper, drug dispenser and animal nurse.
|AVET501||Laboratory Animal Science and Technology
This subject covers knowledge and skills in the area of laboratory animal science and technology. Students will learn about the care and use of common laboratory rodents and animals for research; operation and maintenance of animal facility, animal biosafety levels; disease prevention and control as well as occupational health and safety.
|AVET502||Aquatic Care, Health and Diseases
This subject covers various aspects of aquatic care, health and diseases. Topics will include care and husbandry, health management and good practices, diseases, treatment, control and prevention of fish diseases. Various laboratory and diagnostic test used for identifying fish disease pathogens will also be covered.
|AVET503||Animal Genetics and Genomics
This subject is designed to provide basic theoretical knowledge and laboratory techniques in molecular genetics and genomics. It covers foundational concepts and their applications in genetics, including heredity, the nature of deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA), the central dogma of molecular biology and genomics. The subject also trains students to apply the technical skills required to isolate and analyze DNA, including computational bioinformatics tools for evaluating DNA sequences.
Modes of Assessment
Assessments will be based on a combination of coursework components such as written and practical tests, case studies, assignments/projects.
“With the support of colleagues, family and great lecturers, I completed the 2.5 years programme and have since become a Junior Technician at the VES Hospital. Now, I can perform more hands-on techniques on my furry patients and administer medication.
I chose TP because TP has their own animal clinic and many practical sessions in the course structure. I believe that self-upgrading is very important for working adults to stay relevant and for a better future.”
Muhammad Haiqal Dini Bin Mohd Azmir
Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Closed during lunchtime, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
and on weekends and public holidays.
Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)
East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 4
21 Tampines Ave 1
Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel course with low enrolment.