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Course Overview

Achieve your lifelong dream of working with animals. Delve into the only polytechnic course that offers veterinary science and technology, aquatic animal and pet care, and animal model studies. Here, you will get a head start by assisting real-life surgeries and treatments at our licenced TP Animal Clinic. Through our unique collaboration with veterinary clinics, you’ll be clinically trained in all aspects of veterinary practice and support.

 

What more—your technical competency is further honed through our internships locally or abroad in research institutions, aquaculture and marine animal parks or veterinary hospitals and clinics. Get ready to graduate as a technically competent veterinary or animal technologist!

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.

Subject
Grade

English Language (EL1)*

1-7

Mathematics (E or A)

1-6

One of the following Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Physics/Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science
1-6

Any two other subjects, excluding CCA

2020 Planned Intake
70
Net ELR2B2 aggregate range (2020 JAE)
3 - 9

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

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)
Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE)
Direct Admission Exercise (DAE)

Coursework

What You'll Learn

Build your foundation in the basic sciences and learn on the go with interesting field studies and community service projects designed to enhance your learning.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ACS1005 Communication & Information Literacy

In this subject, you will learn how to conduct research for relevant information and validate information sources. You will also learn to recognise and avoid plagiarism, and follow standard citation and referencing guidelines when presenting information. In the course of learning, you will be required to plan, prepare and present information appropriately in written and oral form. You will also be taught to consider the Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) when writing and delivering oral presentations.

2
ACS1007 Persuasive Communication

In this subject, you will be taught how to use persuasive language in written documents. You will be required to use information to your advantage to verbally communicate and convince an audience about your idea, product or service. Skills such as persuasive vocabulary, language features, graphical illustrations, tone and style would also be covered. The Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will also be applied when engaging in verbal and written communication.

2
GCC1001 Current Issues & Critical Thinking

This subject presents you with a panoramic view of current local and global issues, which may have long term implications for Singapore. You will learn to apply critical thinking tools to examine current issues, support your views with relevant research and up-to-date data, articulate an informed opinion and mature as civic-minded individuals.

2
LEA1011 Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 1

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies. This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

1
LSW1002 Sports & Wellness

This subject will help you develop both the physical and technical skills in your chosen sports or fitness activities. Through a structured curriculum that facilitates group participation, practice sessions and mini competitions, you will learn to build lifelong skills such as resilience, leadership, communication and teamwork. Physical activity sessions will be supplemented by health-related topics to provide you with a holistic approach to healthy living.

2
MCR1001 Career Readiness 1

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects - Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

1
AGS1002 Global Studies

This subject provides essential skills and knowledge to prepare you for an overseas experience. You will examine the elements of culture and learn the key principles of cross-cultural communication. In addition, you will gain an appreciation and awareness of the political, economic, technological and social landscape to function effectively in a global environment.

3

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AMB1004 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.

3
AMT1001 Biochemistry

This subject introduces the fundamentals of organic chemistry and the essential biomolecules present in biological systems. The structures and properties of biomolecules, as well as the basic concepts of bioenergetics will also be introduced to illustrate how these interactions lead to metabolism.

5
ACH1009 Principles of Inorganic and 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.

4
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.

3
AVT1010 Animal Ecology and Conservation

This subject covers the principles of ecology as well as ecosystems and the study of plant and animal distributions including their interactions with one another and their environment. Theoretical and practical skills used in the study of conservation biology in relation to nature and marine conservation would also be covered.

2
AVT1006 Animal Anatomy and 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.

4
AVT1007 Animal Nutrition, Feeds & Feeding

This subject focuses on concepts and principles of nutritional requirements for both aquatic and selected domestic animals. Students would also learn formulation techniques, principle of feed processing technology, feed ingredients and feed additives for application in growth and development, health, physical performance and appearance.

4
ABT1001 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.

4
AVT1009 Animal Care, Husbandry & Behaviour

This subject focuses on animal welfare and care of companion animals and selected animals. Care for the young and senior animals would be covered. Handling techniques with basic understanding of animal behaviour under normal conditions and stress would also be emphasised as part of animal care and behavioural management.

3

* Students must choose to take either one of these three subjects or TGL1001 Guided Learning.

Strengthen your knowledge of the key concepts and build skills in the diploma-specialised content during your second year. You can dabble in a variety of subjects in  aqutic and veterinary studies to discover your passions.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ACS1006 Workplace Communication

In this subject, you will be taught how to conduct effective meetings while applying team communication strategies and the skills for documenting meeting notes. You will be required to write clear emails, using the appropriate format, language, tone and style for an audience. You will also be taught to communicate appropriately in and for an organisation when using various platforms. In all aspects, the principles of applying Message, Audience, Purpose and Strategy (MAPS) will be covered.

2
AIN1001 Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised fields or beyond. You will first learn the Design Thinking framework, where you will develop problem statements and ideate solutions. Next, you will discover the tools for prototyping and innovation, such as 3D printing and laser cutting, at TP’s Makerspace+ facility. Finally, you will acquire commercial awareness through the LEAN Startup framework of idea crystallisation, prototype building, customer testing and validation, refinement of business model canvas, and crowdfunding or crowdsourcing avenues.

2
LEA1012 Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 2

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies. This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

1
MCR1002 Career Readiness 2

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

1
AGS1003 Managing Diversity at Work*

This subject explores the concepts of identity, diversity and inclusion at the workplace. It examines the relationship between identity and diversity, the benefits and challenges of diversity and the strategies that promote inclusion and inspire collaboration in a diverse workplace. Examples of the elements of diversity covered in this subject include nationality, generation, ethnicity and gender. A one week residential stay is mandatory for this subject.

3
AGS1004 Global Citizenship & Community Development*

Students will examine the meaning and responsibilities of being a Global Citizen, in order to contribute towards a more equitable and sustainable world.? In addition, students will learn how sustainable solutions can support community development, and, execute and critique a community action plan that addresses the needs of a specific community/cause.

3
AGS1005 Expressions of Culture*

This subject provides a platform for an understanding of culture and heritage through modes of expression. Students will be introduced to global and local cultures via everyday objects, places and human behaviour seen through time and space. Students will explore issues and challenges in culture and heritage sustainability in community, national and global contexts.

3
TGL1001 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.

3

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AVT2006 Veterinary Immunology

This subject covers immunology of animals including fish. Topics covered include an overview of the immune system across species, organs involved, structure and function of immunoglobulins, and cell mediators of immunity, normal immunity in animals, as well as dysfunction of the immune system. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC), antigen processing and presentation, cell signalling molecules (cytokines), complement system, immune responses to infection and immunopathologies (hypersensitive reactions), serological testing, biology of B-cells and T-cells, antigen-antibody interactions, transplantation and tumour immunology.

3
AVT2009 Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology

This subject covers the basic principles and knowledge of pharmacology and toxicology. Topics include an introduction to pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and toxicology.

3
AVT2017 Aquatic Care, Health and Diseases

This subject covers knowledge and skill training in care and husbandry, disease detection, identification and prevention for common freshwater and marine aquatic species.

3
AVT2018 Clinical Diagnostic Techniques

This subject covers knowledge and skill training on various types of veterinary diagnostic procedures. Topics include clinical chemistry and haematology, skin examination, faecal analysis, urinalysis, cytology and other techniques of relevance to working veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. Techniques on basic necropsy or post-mortem procedure, histochemical and histological techniques will also be covered.

4
AVT2022 Molecular Genetics & Genomics

This subject is designed to provide basic theoretical and practical knowledge of molecular genetics and genomics. It covers fundamental concepts of the molecular composition and structure of deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), ribonucleic acids (RNA) and the gene. You will be introduced to the concept of the central dogma of biology, DNA replication and gene expression. The subject will also introduce you to techniques of DNA sequencing and use of basic bioinformatics tools for DNA analysis. You will also be introduced to whole genome sequencing and its application in personalised veterinary medicine. The subject also includes studies on the potential applications, present use and future trends in molecular genetics and genomics.

4
AVT2023 Clinical Practicum

This subject will enable students acquire and perform a variety of medical procedures in small animal practice setting. Students will perform skills in anaesthesia, surgical assisting, veterinary practice management, radiography, sample collection and laboratory analysis, reception, patient assessment and treatment administration. Students will be attached on and off site veterinary clinics or hospitals.

5
AVT2024 Molecular and Cell Technology

This subject is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas of molecular biology and cell culture technology. It covers techniques and applications used to assess and manipulate deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), ribonucleic acids (RNA) and proteins in veterinary medicine and aquaculture, with an emphasis on diagnostic and transgenic technology. The subject also introduces you to basic cell culture techniques as well as its potential applications in developing in vitro-grown tissue and organs for veterinary medicine. You will also be exposed to recent advances and future trends in molecular biology and cell culture technology such as the use of CRISPR/Cas9 in the development of transgenic/knockout animals.

3
AVT2025 Veterinary Pathology

This subject covers an introduction to animal diseases of veterinary significance. Topics include pathogenic agents, their modes of action, and the observed symptoms. It also covers principles of pathology including etiology, cause and termination of disease other than fundamental knowledge on general and systemic pathology.

4
AVT2026 Veterinary Surgery & Anaesthesia

This subject covers the principles of surgery and anaesthetic management for laboratory and selected companion animals. Topics covered include anaesthetic administration, monitoring and recovery from anaesthesia, basic suturing skills, preoperative preparations and postoperative care of animals. Fundamentals on good dispensing practice, simple patient counselling skills, record keeping and veterinary reception would also be covered.

4

You will choose to specialise in either aquaculture or veterinary research. You can look forward to exciting local or overseas internships in various industries such as research laboratories, fish farms, wildlife reserves, veterinary clinics and universities.

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
ASI3030 Student Internship Programme

This programme involves attachment at industries related to your course of study. You are expected to undertake various activities discussed with and assigned by the participating host organisations. The programme enables you to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the course of your study to address practical problems in the real workplace. Emphasis is also placed on training of process skills and professional conduct such as teamwork, time management, and interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.

16
LEA1013 Leadership: Essential Attributes & Practice 3

LEAP 1, 2 and 3 are three fundamental subjects that seek to cultivate in you, the attitude, skills and knowledge for the development of your leadership competencies. This character-based leadership programme enables you to develop your life-skills through establishing personal core values, which will become the foundation for your leadership credibility and influence.

1
MCR1003 Career Readiness 3

This Career Readiness programme comprises three core subjects – Personal Management, Career Preparation and Career Management. It seeks to help you understand your career interests, values, personality and skills for career success. It also equips you with the necessary skills for seeking and securing jobs, and to develop professional work ethics.

1

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AMP3011 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.

8
Diploma Subjects – Elective Cluster Subjects

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AVT3010 Animal Breeding and Reproduction

This subject covers animal breeding programmes, reproduction fundamentals and techniques. You will also be introduced to analysis and experimental design in animal breeding.

4
AVT3011 Laboratory Animal Science and Technology

This subject focuses on care, animal behaviour, handling and husbandry requirements of small and large animals often used as animal models for study. You will also acquire experiential learning through husbandry rotations at animal facilities. Techniques used in animal model study will also be introduced.

5

Subject Code Subject Credit Units
AVT3012 Aquaculture Product Quality & Safety

This subject provides students with knowledge and skill based training in harvest and post-harvest processes and food product quality and safety. The importance of good culture environment and postharvest technology on fishery product quality and safety will be emphasised. Innovative technology for enhancing aquatic health and better quality produce will be covered.

4
AVT3013 Aquaculture Technology

This subject focuses on good aquaculture practices and management, culture systems, breeding, reproduction and technology important for sustainable aquaculture. Topics covered include water quality management, feed and feeding management, hatchery, larviculture, grow-out and broodstock, breeding and reproduction. Basic engineering principles and system design applicable for aquaculture will also be emphasised. Students will receive hands-on training in farm operation and management.

5

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 122 credit units

Career Prospects

Life @ VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY


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.

Course Review

Awards

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

Main

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

ADMITTED IN SINGAPOREANS
(Age below 40 in the year 2020) 
SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENTS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
2020 S$2,985.90 S$6,115.90 S$10,949.10
2019 S$2,975.40 S$5,905.40 S$10,538.60

 

WHEN DO I PAY?

There are 2 semesters in each Academic YEAR (AY). The billing periods for AY 2020/2021 are:
Semester 1:  20 April 2020 – 18 October 2020 
Semester 2:  19 October 2020 – 18 April 2021

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

MORE DETAILS ON FEES AND FINANCE

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

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FAQs

What is this course about?

What is this course about?

This highly practice-oriented course emphasizes on experiential learning through learning enterprises set up at the Centre for Aquaculture and Veterinary Science. Students could also learn through collaborative training with the external veterinary clinic/hospitals in the second year of the course followed by 26 weeks of industry attachment in the final year.  

Does the Diploma in Veterinary Technology train students to be veterinarians?

Does the Diploma in Veterinary Technology train students to be veterinarians?

There is no local polytechnic course that trains students to be veterinarians. However, you may apply for a degree in Veterinary Science with this diploma. Our graduates were offered places for Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science at overseas universities such as Massey University and Murdoch University.

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

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