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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.

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
AVET101 Basic Microbiology

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.

AVET102 Cell Biology

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.

AVET103 Biochemistry

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.

Subject Code Subject
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.

Subject Code Subject
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.

AVET302 Clinical Pathology

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.

AVET303 Anatomic Pathology

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.

Subject Code Subject
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.

Subject Code Subject
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.

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.

Course Schedule/Apply

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

April 2024

To be announced

2.5 years


Online applications may close earlier for courses with overwhelming responses.


For details on the Application and Admission Process, please click here

Course Fees

Course Fees per Modular Certificate

Fee Type Total Fees
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents  S$338.76
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above  S$327.42
Singapore Citizens aged below 40  S$500.76
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,348.20
Others & Repeat Students  S$3,351.24

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Course fees payable is based on per Modular Certificate.

Course fees will be reviewed by MOE on an annual basis and adjusted accordingly.

MOE subsidy will not be applicable for students who repeat a module or semester.


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  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)
    Temasek Polytechnic
    East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 4
    21 Tampines Ave 1
    Singapore 529757

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