Diploma in Veterinary Technology (T45)

2019 Planned Intake: 55 JAE 2019 Last Aggregate Score: 9

Thought of developing vaccines and therapeutics to save animal lives or doing investigative research into animal and aquatic diseases? How about enhancing your pet health and wellness or breeding endangered species for conservation?

The Diploma in Veterinary Technology is the only course that focuses on industry-oriented practical training in veterinary and aquaculture science. You will also have an opportunity to delve deeply into investigative and applied research in either bioconservation, aquaculture or veterinary science. With fully equipped animal and aquaculture facilities, fish farm as well as an on-site veterinary clinic, students will receive up-to-date applied training to stay current and meet the manpower demand in the veterinary, aquaculture, biomedical research and pet industries.

All students will go through clinical training at the veterinary clinics over a year in addition to the on-site applied and experiential learning at the industry workplace as part of the internship programme for at least 6 months. Students will also be able to take on non-diploma core modules such as entrepreneurship, innovation, problem solving, design, foreign language or business fundamentals as part of the holistic training programme.

 We are very happy with TP students from your diploma course as they have better attitude towards learning and working compared to all the others whom we have had before.
—  Dr Lisa Park
     Chief Scientific Officer
     PWG Genetics Pte Ltd
Animals are their passion and their cause


What you will learn

  • Clinical Training @ TP Animal Clinic

    Clinical Training @ TP Animal Clinic

    Assist in real life animal sterilisations at the TP Animal Clinic – we are the only poly to have an onsite veterinary clinic for student training. You will learn and provide veterinary assistance to the veterinarians when they perform surgery on animals. You’ll also help in pre- and post-anaesthesia and surgical procedures including animal recovery.Read more about TP Animal Clinic
  • Real Life Training in Hospital Setting

    Real Life Training in Hospital Setting

    Be trained at the Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre - you will be the only poly students with this privilege! This is a first of its kind training approach with on-site real time training under the guidance of the hospital veterinary staff - you will be able to apply what you have learnt in theory to actual real-life situations in a veterinary hospital setting.Read more about the TP-Mt Pleasant Collaboration
  • Experiential Training @ Off-Shore Marine Foodfish Farm

    1st & Only Poly Off-shore Aquaculture Research Station at Floating Foodfish Farm

    Acquire specialised skills at the only poly to provide experiential learning and training at an actual fish farm! You will apply what you learn about aquaculture, aquatic care and disease control/prevention, farm operation and management at the farm. Read More

Notable Features

  • The only polytechnic diploma course to offer real-life training at the TP Animal Clinic
  • The only polytechnic diploma course to be granted a 1-year exemption from the Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery offered by Murdoch University.
  • TP is recognised by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore as the leading training provider for the pet and biomedical industry

Academic Architecture

The Academic Architecture of the School of Applied Science emphasises the following:

  • Building a strong foundation core among first year students
  • Strengthening key concepts and skills in the diploma-specialised content among second year students
  • Enhancing applied learning for final year students

The Academic Architecture also aims to develop collaborative and self-directed learning skills for our students to be life-long learners through more real-life and applied learning experiences.  One notable outcome of this is the smooth transition of student interns into companies as employees.  

Elective Cluster Subjects

Students will be required to read an Elective Cluster offered by the School. The Elective Clusters to be offered by this course, and the subjects under these clusters, are summarised below:





  • Small Animal Science and Technology
  • Large Animal Science and Technology
  • Animal Breeding and Reproduction


  • Aquaculture Practices and Farm Management
  • Aquaculture Production, Systems and Engineering
  • Aquaculture Health and Product Quality

Career Prospects

  • Our graduates can work in the following industries:

    • Veterinary industry:
      Veterinary clinics and hospitals as well as animal hospitals at Marine Life Park, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Underwater World Sentosa as Veterinary Technologists or Animal Management Officer
    • Aquaculture and wildlife or marine conservation industry:
      Aquaculture and wildlife conservation parks or farms as Aquarist, Fish Biologist, Animal Conservation Officer, Animal Management Officer or Aquaculture Laboratory Technologist
    • Biomedical research industry:
      Research facilities, Specialty Healthcare Centers and animal breeding facilities as Research Technologist, Scientific Officer or Veterinary Technologist
    • Pet industry:
      Pet shops, pet spa, pet rehabilitation center, pet grooming, pet walkers, pet hotel or boarding school and dog obedience schools as Pet Grooming Assistant, Pet Care Educator or Pet Care Support Staff
    • Animal Welfare Industry:
      Animal Welfare or Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority as Animal Welfare Educator or Animal Health Inspection Officer



Further Education

Advanced standing is offered by many universities for our Diploma in Veterinary Technology.
Graduates of the Diploma in Veterinary Technology are able to gain entry into various degree courses locally as well as overseas. These overseas universities include:

  • University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Royal College of Veterinary Medicine (UK)
  • University of New South Wales (Australia)
  • Australian National University (Australia)
  • Sydney University (Australia)
  • Melbourne University (Australia)
  • Murdoch University (Australia)
  • Queensland University of Technology (Australia)
  • Massey University (New Zealand)
  • US Universities

They may apply for admission into degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and life sciences at NUS or degree programmes in biological sciences at NTU. Our recent graduate from Academic Year 2010/2011 was awarded the Nanyang Scholarship Award from NTU (Read Shermaine’s story here) Another graduate, Chen Xiangluan (who also graduated in 2011), is pursuing a Dentistry degree at NUS (Read Xiangluan’s story here).

Another top Veterinary Technology student, Ann Lim Xin Yee (class of 2011) has been successfully admitted into the second year of Murdoch’s Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVSc) programme. Traditionally, no exemptions are given for their BVSc course (equivalent to the training of doctors but for animals) and it is the first time that the university is doing so. In the past, graduates have to start from first year. (Read Ann’s story here). The Australian Veterinary Technicians Association also recognizes our diploma training - Ann has just been successfully registered as a Veterinary Technician under the Australian veterinary system.

Many overseas universities allow direct admission to the second year of selected degree programmes based on overall students’ performance in their diploma courses as well as the availability of places. These degree programmes include:

  • Veterinary Technology
  • Veterinary Science
  • Wildlife Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Animal Biology

In addition, most of the top overseas universities offer advanced standing to our Diploma graduates. Murdoch University offers direct admission into the second year of their Bachelor Degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery for students with excellent diploma results.

Read about Ann’s credit exemption by Murdoch University.

Read about Xiangluan at NUS (Dentistry course).

Read about Shermaine at NTU.

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

English Language (EL1)* Grades 1-7
Mathematics (E or A) Grades 1-6
One of the following Science subjects: Grades 1-6
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Physics/Engineering Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)/Physical Science
Any two other subjects, excluding CCA  

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

See also the minimum entry requirements for:

Course Structure

TP Fundamentals (TPFun) Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

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.


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 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.


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 civicminded individuals.


This subject is designed for learners from all disciplines to embrace innovation in either their specialised field or beyond.  You will first be introduced to the Design Thinking framework and learn how to 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.     


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


You will examine your own identity, study different forms of diversity and apply strategies to inspire positive collaboration in a diverse workplace. Through a residential stay, you will have the opportunity to experience living and working with peers from different backgrounds.


This subject highlights the inter-connectedness of the world today, bringing about what it means to be a Global Citizen. You will gain an awareness of the impacts of globalisation and the concepts of social responsibility and sustainable community development. This subject also challenges you to be actively engaged in a social or environmental project.


Whether telling stories, building monuments or celebrating rites of passage, expressions of culture are at the core of cultural diversity. In this subject, everyday objects, artistic creations and popular culture are explored as ways of understanding the values and beliefs of a society. By taking this subject, you will benefit by acquiring a greater understanding and appreciation of the complexities surrounding our cultural assets.


This is a subject where you will be free to pursue an area of interest through a self-directed approach, guided by staff. You will be expected to demonstrate a sense of curiosity for learning, initiate an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills, and reflect on your learning journey throughout the subject.


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.


Diploma Subjects - Core Subjects

Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

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.


This subject introduces the fundamental principles of biochemistry as well as the essential biomolecules present in biological systems. The structures, properties and interactions of biomolecules will be covered. The basic concepts of bioenergetics will also be introduced to illustrate how these interactions lead to life processes.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


This subject covers embryology and organogenesis with emphasis on the fundamental developmental processes shared by vertebrate embryos. Topics covered include gametogenesis, meiosis and fertilisation, embryonic stages of development and/ or mechanism of differentiation that encompass cleavage, germ layer formation, neurulation, axonal specificity and organ formation, embryonic and adult stem cells, sex determination, metamorphosis and ageing.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Diploma Subjects – Elective Cluster Subjects


Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

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


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.



Subject code Subject LevelCredit Units

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.


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.


Graduation Requirements

Cumulative Grade Point Average min 1.0
TP Fundamentals Subjects 40 credit units
Diploma Core Subjects 71 credit units
Elective Subjects min 9 credit units
Total Credit Units Completed min 120 credit units

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