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Course Overview

Have you ever wondered how hydrotherapy and massage therapy help to maintain animal health? Curious to find out how therapeutic treatment involving herbal medicine, acupuncture or other forms of complementary veterinary care and support can be used to improve well-being in animals?

In this course, we will address these and many other questions. In particular, learn from our veterinary experts' important skills in animal rehabilitation, including nutrition and diet planning, nursing and rescue care. Learn up-to-date knowledge for animal wellness and animal behaviour and socialization. You will also get opportunities to acquire new skills through hands-on skills training in these areas.


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 techniques such as hydrotherapy and massage therapy 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 behaviour enrichment and socialization
  • assist veterinarians in therapeutic treatment involving herbal medicine, acupuncture or other forms of complementary veterinary care and support
  • apply knowledge and skillsets in veterinary dental nursing, post-surgery care and first aid and emergency rescue care
  • apply knowledge of animal welfare and develop an animal wellness plan

Application/Entry Requirement

The minimum entry requirement is at least a Polytechnic Diploma or ITE Technical Diploma/Technical Engineer Diploma/Work-Learn Technical Diploma (or equivalent) in veterinary technology and science, veterinary bioscience, biomedical science and technology, nursing or occupational therapy.


Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or 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

  • 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.

What You'll 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.

Subject Code Subject
AVW0101 Animal Communication, Behaviour and Enrichment

This subject covers an introduction to the communication in domestic companion species. Students will study the fundamentals of companion animal behaviour, and learn a variety of behaviour modification methods that are recognized for use. Students will also learn the basics of environmental enrichment in these species.

AVW0102 Animal Nursing Care and Health

This subject covers different forms of veterinary nursing care, such as breed specific and life stage care; and veterinary care in companion animals. There will be a greater elaboration on the principles of veterinary nursing, with a focus on surgical and medical nursing. An overview of animal health including body condition scoring, pain assessment, zoonoses and legislation will also be covered.

AVW0103 Animal Rescue and Care

The subject covers the basics of veterinary rescue and emergency care, and emphasizes the principles of triage, and emergency nursing. Students will be introduced to equipment and skills required to be an effective team member in an emergency setting.

Subject Code Subject
AVW0201 Fundamentals of Complementary Veterinary Medicine and Care

This subject covers the basics of the types of complementary medicine commonly encountered in veterinary medicine. These include herbal medicine and nutraceuticals, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and complementary physiotherapy modalities. An overview of their individual and/or combined application(s) with conventional western veterinary medicine to provide a holistic treatment plan for patients will be discussed.

AVW0202 Animal Rehabilitation and Wellness Techniques

This subject covers animal biomechanics, exercise physiology and physiotherapy of small and large animals. Topics include therapy and exercises for general health maintenance and rehabilitation. Physical assessment and wellness programme planning for rehabilitation, supportive and palliative care will also be covered.

AVW0203 Diet and Nutrition for Rehabilitation and Wellness

This subject covers the nutritional requirements of animals and consideration factors for planning a diet specific to animal breeds, age and health conditions. Alternative diets, dietary supplements and herbal nutrition for wellness 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. 

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.

Course Schedule

Intake Info Application Period Course Duration

18 October 2021

03 May 2021 - 19 July 2021

1 Year


Course Fees

Course fee per Post-Diploma Certificate

Fee Type Total Fees
SME-sponsored Singapore Citizens & Permanent Residents S$266.04
Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above S$256.80
Singapore Citizens aged below 40 S$398.04
Singapore Permanent Residents S$1,052.88
Others & Repeat Students  S$2,619.36

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Course fees payable is based on per MC.

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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