The practice-oriented and industry-focused training course will prepare you well for work in the veterinary , aquaculture and bioconservation, and biomedical science industries.
With the learning enterprise set up such as the TP Animal Clinic and aquaculture research station at the fish farm, you will acquire a truly real-life experiential learning in the actual working environment where you will be able to apply what you learn in the classroom. Technical training and knowledge in veterinary and aqua biotechnology would also be incorporated in the course so that you will have the versatility to do animal-related research upon graduation.
Being a very much industry driven diploma course, you will also be trained by veterinary staff from Mount Pleasant Veterinary Group(2008) Pte Ltd where you will be exposed to clinical diagnostics, surgical assistance, client communication and veterinary nursing care.
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|
|Any two other subjects, excluding CCA||-|
# Biology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Engineering Science, Food & Nutrition, Physical Science, Physics, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)
*Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris).
Note: Applicant with complete Colour Appreciation Deficiency are not eligible to apply.
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The cut-off point for the Veterinary Technology course varies between 10 and 11 for the past few intakes. The cut-off point is to be used as a guide only as it may vary from year to year depending on the aggregate scores of students applying for the course. The cut-off point is the aggregate of the last student admitted to the course and is generated by the computer after it has allocated a course to all students who participated in the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).
For a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology degree programme, the University of Queensland grants up to two years of exemption for our graduates provided that their overall diploma results is B+ and above. This means you could graduate with a degree in Veterinary Technology in one year if you are given two years of exemption.
You could also apply for a degree in Animal Biology/Science at Murdoch University with exemptions. Other options include animal or marine biology related programmes at other universities, with exemptions granted by the universities on a case-by-case basis.
This is the only course offered by a polytechnic that has a veterinary clinic in the campus and an aquaculture research station at a marine foodfish farm for student training with the aim of bringing education to life and life to education.
Your technical competency is further honed through at least a full-time six -month internship either locally or overseas in the areas of wildlife conservation, veterinary diagnostics and care, aquaculture or veterinary biotechnology.
The annual intake is about 50 students.
All applicants will have to go through the Joint Admissions Exercise. Graduates from the Veterinary Technology course have been granted exemptions of up to 2 years for the Degree in Veterinary Technology at the University of Queensland. Before the new Diploma in Veterinary Technology Course was offered, a Veterinary Science Option under the Diploma in Biotechnology Course was offered to students interested in animal care and management. Our graduates from the course have been admitted into second year of the degree programme in Biological Sciences at NTU. Others have gone into the second or third year of overseas degree programmes in Australia depending on the students' overall diploma results. Examples of degree programmes offered include Biotechnology, Biomedical Science, Veterinary Science, Animal Biology/Science, Marine Biology and other science disciplines.
Graduates would become veterinary technicians or animal technicians in the veterinary and biomedical science industry. However, you can apply for a degree in Veterinary Science with this diploma too. One of our graduates who applied for a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science at Massey University, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne was offered places by all three universities. Two other diploma graduates have also been offered places for similar degree programme in veterinary science at the University of Melbourne and University of Queensland.
Biomedical Science course focuses on clinical diagnostics and clinical research. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology and pharmacology. Also applied subjects like Haematology, Blood Banking, Clinical Chemistry, Histological Techniques, Molecular Genetics and Laboratory Management & Quality Assurance.
Pharmaceutical Science course focuses on pharmaceuticals (R&D, Manufacturing, QA/ QC and Sales & Marketing) and pharmacy practice. Students are equipped with knowledge and skills in human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, immunology, pathology and pharmacology. Also applied subjects such as Introduction to Pharmacotherapeutics, Good Dispensing Practice and Pharmacotherapy, Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology, Current Good Manufacturing Practices, Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Analysis.
The Biotechnology course offers greater emphasis on preparing students for work in research. It equips students with skills and knowledge in cell and molecular biotechnology, genetic engineering, plant and animal cell technology, bioinformatics, analytical biochemistry, and laboratory animal science and technology - all of which are important for investigative research. Graduates usually proceed to work in various research/ tertiary institutions, hospitals, speciality healthcare centres and biopharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Although our Veterinary Technology course also equips students with cell and molecular biotechnology for research, the emphasis of the course is more on animal care and management (including disease diagnosis and treatment) at animal facilities in tertiary and research institutions as well as pet shops, veterinary assistance for work in veterinary clinics/ hospitals or pre-clinical trials in contract research organisations.
All four courses train students to do research but at different levels.
Both Biotechnology (BIO) and Biomedical Science (BMS) have subjects that deal with DNA, but BIO has more subjects that are related to DNA than BMS.
You do not need to have a diploma to be a zookeeper. However, if you are keen to learn about animal behavior, physiology, nutrition and other aspects of animal care and health, then the Diploma in Veterinary Technology would be the course to go for.
For our Diploma in Biotechnology, one would mainly learn knowledge and skill sets related to cell and molecular biotechnology as well as specialised areas of biotechnology for application in biomedical and other scientific research, ie proteomics, gene cloning, tissue engineering, drug discovery and development. The course would also equip you with skills to handle and care for animal research models in a responsible way. You would also learn laboratory safety and management.
For the Diploma in Veterinary Technology, one would learn knowledge and skill sets for biomedical research, clinical diagnostics, animal care and management including animal health and diseases as well as laboratory / veterinary clinic management.
“I jumped at the chance to take this course at TP because it combined my two loves - biological research and animals. At the same time, it seemed to be the most practical course to take because Singapore has its own niche in veterinary and research science which means I can easily start a career here.”
Ethan Goh, student
“I am attracted to the subjects on animal handling and care that the programme offers. This is the reason why I chose to come here.”
Desmond Tan, student