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Course Overview

Transform your passion for animals into a fulfilling and meaningful career path! This comprehensive course integrates theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice, empowering you to become a skilled veterinary technician. If you're harbouring aspirations in marine science or aquaculture, rest assured this program will also lay a solid foundation for your future endeavours in these fields.


Under the guidance of our expert team, you'll receive specialised training in veterinary care, mastering essential techniques such as animal husbandry, anaesthesia monitoring, and diagnostic testing at our fully equipped and licensed TP Animal Clinic & Wellness facility. The broad-based and well-structured curriculum goes beyond to cultivate your expertise in caring for aquatic animals and pets.


With growing awareness about animal welfare issues and our pursuit of advancing medical solutions for various ailments, you'll gain a scientific grasp of the applications of laboratory animal science, with an emphasis on responsible and humane animal care practices. Further enhancing your technical proficiency, a structured 5-month internship awaits you, either within local institutions or abroad. This immersive experience can take you to veterinary research institutions, aquaculture and marine animal facilities, veterinary clinics and hospitals.


Upon completing this comprehensive training, you'll be poised to tap into a wide array of career prospects spanning the aquaculture, veterinary care, and biomedical research sectors.


Get the opportunity to attain the below certification(s) throughout the course of your study:

  • Responsible Care and Use of Fish (RCUF) certificate
  • Responsible Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (RCULA) certificate

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must obtain 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus Points) and meet the minimum entry requirements of this course. CCA cannot be used to meet the minimum entry requirements.


English Language (EL1)*


Mathematics (E or A)


Any one of the following subjects

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Food & Nutrition / Nutrition & Food Science
  • Physics
  • Science (Chemistry , Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)
2024 Planned Intake
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2024 JAE)
3 - 9

Note: Applicants with complete colour appreciation deficiency are not eligible to apply.

Admissions Exercises


What You'll Learn

You will begin your journey by building a strong broad-based foundation through core subjects ranging from microbiology, cell biology, mathematics to conservation, nutrition and workplace safety.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AMB1005 Basic Microbiology

This subject investigates the important fundamentals of microbiology and its relevance to the food, biomedical and biotechnology industries. It covers the types of microorganisms, their cultivation and growth as well as their control.

AMT1004 Cell Biology & Biochemistry

This subject introduces the biology of cells and the structure-function relationship of cells, cellular membranes and organelles. It covers basic concepts of organic chemistry and the structure-property relationship of essential biomolecules. Basic laboratory skills involving the study of cell structures with the use of cell staining and microscopy techniques, as well as basic biochemical analysis will also be introduced.

AMA1009 Digitalisation in Applied Science

This subject covers the basic concept of data analytics as well as the processes of data cleaning, processing and visualisation of data in the contexts of applied science. Basic coding and fundamental computational thinking constructs such as variables, data type and logic will also be addressed.

APH1004 Laboratory & Workplace Safety

This subject covers an introduction to Good Laboratory Practice, and the identification and classification of biological, chemical, physical and ergonomic hazards at the workplace and laboratories. It also involves the conduct of risk assessment, risk controls and monitoring as well as communication of these risks to all persons involved in compliance with the Workplace Safety and Health (Risk Management) Regulations.

AMA1003 Mathematics for Applied Science

This subject covers algebra, differentiation, integration and their applications in applied science contexts.

ANT1005 Nutrition & Health

This subject examines the relationship between food, nutrition and health. It provides an introduction to macro- and micro- nutrients in relation to the well-being of the human body. It covers food sources of these nutrients and their interrelationships as well as the use of basic nutritional tools like My Healthy Plate, food composition tables and online nutritional databases for basic nutritional analysis.

ACH1009 Principles of Inorganic & Physical Chemistry 1

This subject covers the basic theory and practical knowledge of inorganic and physical chemistry. Topics include fundamentals of chemistry, atomic structure and chemical bonding, stoichiometry and equilibria concepts of a chemical reaction.

AMA1004 Statistics for Applied Science

This subject provides you with the basic statistical techniques that are essential for your course of study. Topics covered include basic probability and distributions, basic statistics, sampling distribution, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and chi-square testing.


Strengthen your knowledge of the key concepts and build skills in the veterinary-related content during your second year. You can dabble in a variety of subjects in aquatic and veterinary studies to discover your passion, and get involved with interesting field studies and community service projects designed to enhance your learning.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AVT1006 Animal Anatomy & Physiology

This subject covers an introduction to veterinary anatomy related to systematic, applied and comparative anatomy. It also covers veterinary physiology in relation to anatomy, using the basic principle of form and function, to explain the functions of the various organ systems.

AVT1013 Animal Welfare and Conservation

This subject covers an introduction to the husbandry, care and behaviour of animals, with emphasis on domestic companion species. The fundamental principles and practical application will be elaborated in the sub-topics handling and restraint, animal housing and environmental conditions and animal management with respect to behaviour under different conditions. It also covers basic concepts of ecology and conservation. 

AVT2035 Clinical Diagnostic Techniques

This subject covers the basic knowledge and technical skills to perform various laboratory tests used for the evaluation of health and diseases in animals. It emphasizes the importance of sample collection, handling and processing for the study of animal disease. The processes and principles used to evaluate pancreatic, liver, kidney and other organ functions are also included.

AVT2037 Clinical Practicum

This subject consolidates theoretical knowledge and practical nursing skills. It covers the core skill sets of veterinary technicians to manage the daily operations of a veterinary clinic, including administrative and nursing procedures, safety standards, and laboratory procedures.

AVT2038 Professional Veterinary Practice

This subject covers the roles and responsibilities of veterinary technicians, as well as the ethical and the professional requirements of a veterinary practice. The subject also introduces students to business start-up basic concepts and veterinary legislation. Emphasis will also be given to topics on professional communication skills, compassion fatigue, and the relationship of One Health and veterinary practice.

AVT2032 Principles of Animal Healthcare and Disease

This subject covers fundamental concepts in common diseases and health in companion animals. The causes, main clinical signs, diagnostic tests, treatments and prevention measures for common animal diseases will be discussed.

AVT2033 Veterinary Anaesthesia and Pharmacology

Students will learn the basic concepts of pharmacology and how it applies to the use anaesthetic, analgesic and antimicrobial drugs in veterinary patients at clinical setting. Students will also be taught relevant skills in anaesthesia, including the role of the veterinary technician in anaesthesia.

AVT2036 Veterinary Nursing Practice

This subject introduces veterinary nursing practices which include 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, preparing for surgery, and carrying out diagnostic imaging tests.


In your third year, you will gain practical work experience through your choice to specialise in either fields of aquaculture or veterinary. You can look forward to exciting internships in various industries such as research laboratories, fish farms, wildlife reserves, veterinary clinics and universities.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AMP3022 Major Project

This subject provides a framework for you to solve practical problems, conduct research work and/ or develop studies, through a self-managed project. The scope of the subject includes project proposal, investigative studies, analysis, interpretation of results, written report, and presentation.

AVT2031 Animal Genetics & Breeding

This subject is to provide basic theoretical knowledge and laboratory techniques in molecular genetics. It covers foundational concepts and their applications in genetics, including selective breeding, heredity, the nature of deoxyribose nucleic acid (DNA), the central dogma of molecular biology and genomics.

Diploma Elective Cluster Subjects

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AVT3017 Aquaculture Science & Technology

This subject covers basic understanding of food security, the regulations from Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the roles it plays in aquaculture product quality and safety, basic engineering principles, system designs and culture systems applicable for aquaculture. Experimental design in the reproduction techniques of aquatic animals (mainly finfish, mollusks and crustaceans), the management of farm practices, and key concepts in sustainable aquaculture will be introduced. Safety measurements and controls such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), product certification at international, regional, and national levels will also be introduced. The management of aquaculture product quality and safety involving scientists, policymakers, farmers, stakeholders, and consumers to ensure sustainability will be discussed. Hands-on training on good aquaculture practices and farm operation, handling and husbandry for aquatic animals will also be emphasized.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AVT3016 Animal Science & Technology

This subject provides a comprehensive coverage of the diverse field of animal science and technology. It encompasses the study of laboratory animal care, health, welfare, and their applications in biotechnology. Key topics include the operation and maintenance of animal facilities, animal disease prevention and control, animal breeding programs, fundamental principles of reproduction, and reproductive technology. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical applications, integration of environmental, genetic, and physiological considerations will be explored to identify and analyse factors influencing successful breeding and reproduction in laboratory animals within a research context.


Subject Code Subject Credit Units
BMK2021 Marketing Account Management

This subject focuses on the fundamentals of service excellence in account management to capture the hearts and minds of stakeholders. Building on these basics, the subject covers strategies and tools to manage relationships with key partners and customers to achieve business objectives.

ASM3001 Marketing of Science Products and Services

The subject covers marketing concepts, code of ethics, guidelines and regulations governing the sales and sustainable marketing of products and services that can be applied in various sectors of the applied science industry such as life science, chemical, pharmaceutical, food, and pet industries.


You will also take this set of subjects that equips you with the crucial 21st-Century life skills you need to navigate the modern world as an agile, forward-thinking individual and team player.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ASI3035 Student Internship Programme

This structured programme is designed to link your learning with the real work environment. You will be placed in organisation(s) with opportunities to apply the concepts and skills acquired in the course of your study. Besides reinforcing technical concepts and mastering of skills in areas that you have been trained, the practical training will enable you to build important skills such as problem-solving, communication, teamwork, and to cultivate good attitude and a strong work ethic.

ATX1001 Effective Communication

This subject introduces the fundamentals of effective communication. It also covers how to communicate with and convince an audience through writing and speaking tasks. The skills in this subject will include the application of strategies for communication, appropriate vocabulary, language features, visual aids, tone and style. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework will also be applied when planning and engaging in written and verbal communication.​ There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

ATX1002 Professional Communication

This subject covers professional communication skills for the workplace and employability skills in the areas of career preparation. It covers communication and interpersonal skills, including effective virtual communication etiquette, and conducting oneself professionally in the workplace. In addition, essential career preparation skills such as resume writing and interview skills, needed to seek and secure work would be included. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) framework would also be applied when engaging in written and verbal communication. There will be opportunities to communicate and collaborate through active learning activities, apply digital and information literacy skills and build competence through self-directed learning.

GTP1301 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject covers current issues, including diverse local and global concerns, that will impact lives and may have critical implications for Singapore. There will be opportunities to build competence through self-directed learning, communicate and collaborate in active discussions and objectively analyse issues using digital and information literacy skills and critical thinking scaffolds.

GTP1201 Career Readiness

This subject focuses on personal management skills. It develops an understanding of one’s career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It covers the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in the workplace and achieve professional goals. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning methods, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

GTP1202 Career Management

This subject focuses on career management skills. It covers the importance of workplace readiness skills to adapt and respond to the changing job market environment. Career ownership and continuous learning for lifelong employability will be emphasised. There will be exposure to apply digital and information literacy skills, build competence through self-directed learning, and acquire the skills of being a lifelong learner.

TGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare students for an overseas experience. They will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, they will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment. The subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and leaders who can contribute to the global community through effective communication and collaboration.

GTP1302 Guided Learning*

The subject introduces students to the concepts and process of self-directed learning in a chosen area of inquiry. The process focusses on four stages: planning, performing, monitoring and reflecting. Students get to plan their individual learning project, refine and execute the learning plan, as well as monitor and reflect on their learning progress and project. The learning will be captured and showcased through a curated portfolio. The self-directed learning project will broaden and/or deepen a student’s knowledge and skills. Students will enhance their problem solving and digital literacy skills through this subject.

INV1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  Learners will be taught to apply the Design Thinking framework to develop problem statements, ideate and identify feasible solutions. Learners will be exposed to several tools for prototyping. In addition, commercial awareness will be imbued in learners through various innovation and entrepreneurship concepts or tools. This subject also prepares students to be self-directed lifelong learners who are digital and information literate. It nurtures communicative and collaborative citizens who can use objective analysis in problem-solving.

GTP1101 Leadership Fundamentals

This subject focuses on self-leadership based on the values of integrity, respect, and responsibility. Increasing awareness of self and others will lay the foundations for personal and relationship effectiveness. Consequential thinking, clear articulation of personal values and visions, emphatic listening, and collaboration in serving others are some of the essential skills covered in this leadership journey. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

GTP1102 Leadership in Action

This subject focuses on Service Learning as an experiential platform to apply the tenets of Self and Team Leadership. Service Learning will be the capstone project for this subject, which will require an analysis of the diverse needs of the community, collaboration with community partners and demonstration of learning, including key elements of empathy. There will be opportunities to build and to apply the concepts of being a values-centred leader.

LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

This subject reinforces the fundamental knowledge learnt on health, fitness, exercise and sports. Hands-in time will be allocated for a greater variety of fitness exercises and sports skills in a recreation setting. In addition, theoretical knowledge such as sports safety and risk management when participating in physical activities will be introduced. Guidance will be provided for improvement of physical fitness, acquiring of sports skills and relating theoretical knowledge to the physical activities.

TGS1001 Sustainability & Climate Action*

This subject prepares students to be responsible global citizens and future leaders who can contribute to the global community.  It introduces the topics of sustainability and explores how human societies can act to build a sustainable future. This subject focuses on the impact of climate change, potential solutions to climate change, and the future of the green economy from global and local perspectives.


* Students must choose to take either Sustainability & Climate Action or Guided Learning.

Graduation Requirements
Cumulative Grade Point Average
min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects
40 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects
73 credit units
Elective Subjects
min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed
min 120 credit units

Career Prospects


Through the Overseas Study Trip, students are exposed to different cultures and real world with the opportunity for experiential learning about the prospects and career options in the veterinary industry.

Outstanding Projects

Course Review


Darren Chua Yi Shou, is the first TP student to win 5 gold medals and 1 silver medal for swimming in his debut SEA Games 2019. He has also broken a new 100m Freestyle meet record at Institute-Varsity-Polytechnic Swimming Championships in the same year.

Course Fees

PET Course Fee


The table below shows the total subsidised fees (inclusive of GST) payable. 

(Aged below 40 in the year 2024) 



There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2024/2025 are:
Semester 1:  15 April 2024 – 13 October 2024 
Semester 2:  14 October 2024 – 20 April 2025

Fees are billed and payable by semester. They are usually payable in June for Semester 1 and December for Semester 2.


View course fees for other intakes, subsidies, grants, bursary and awards at the Fees & Financial matters section. 

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What is this course about?

This Diploma in Veterinary Technology will train you to be a Veterinary Technician or Nurse in veterinary care that supports the veterinary industry.  You will work in places such as a veterinary hospital or general practice clinic, conservation park, or research institution.  As a graduate, you will also be able to work with aquatic species upon completing the 3rd year electives in aquaculture. 

Should I join this diploma if I want to be a veterinarian?

Should I join this diploma if I want to be a veterinarian?

This Diploma in Veterinary Technology is NOT a pathway to pursue the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or become a registered Veterinarian. 

For students aspiring to become veterinarians, we strongly recommend considering the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level, which are internationally recognised by universities. The GCE A-Levels pathway typically offers a shorter duration compared to our comprehensive 3-year polytechnic training. Alternatively, GCE 'O' levels graduates may opt for enrollment in Foundation Programmes or Preparation Courses that can pave their way to Veterinary Science (BSc, BVMS) programmes offered by overseas universities. 

We strongly advise seeking direct consultation from the respective universities for guidance before making any decisions.

Besides the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), is there any other way I can apply for this course?

Besides the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), is there any other way I can apply for this course?

All fresh “O” Level school leavers will have to go through the JAE. Others can apply through Direct Admission Exercise (DAE) and Early Admission Exercise (EAE). For admission related enquiries, please call our Admission Office at 6780 4201 or email to Admissions@tp.edu.sg

Could Temasek Polytechnic provide a list of universities that offer advanced standing for graduates from the Diploma in Veterinary Technology programme?

Could Temasek Polytechnic provide a list of universities that offer advanced standing for graduates from the Diploma in Veterinary Technology programme?

While we do not provide specific information on universities offering advanced standing, as this can vary due to non-periodic changes in course curriculum at Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and partner universities, we are proud to note that many of our diploma graduates with higher aspirations have successfully gained admission to various degree programmes, both locally and overseas. 

It is important to recognise that university admissions are primarily determined by academic achievements and fair competition among all eligible candidates. We strongly advise seeking direct consultation from the respective universities for guidance before making any decisions.