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The Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice is offered by Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology to deepen the knowledge and skills of veterinary technicians.

You will learn about the operations and regulations in veterinary clinical practice, and pick up skills to perform clinical procedures in emergency and critical animal care medicine. You will also learn customer service principles in a veterinary setting, and how to promote veterinary products and services. 

The course includes on-the-job training at veterinary clinics. The course will take a year to complete on a part-time basis.

Who Should Attend

The course is suitable for diploma graduates who are seeking employment or are currently employed as veterinary technicians and nurses, and who wish to deepen their knowledge and skills in veterinary clinical practice.

Course Leader

Dr Nicholas Haw, School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Course Details

Next Intake

Oct 2017


Application Opening Date


Application Closing Date


Application Outcome1 month after closing date
No. of Post Diploma Certificate (PDC) in the course2
Duration of each PDC120 to 180 hours
Time6.30pm - 9.30pm
3 times a week
Venue(s)Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Course Fee

Eligible Singapore citizens and permanent residents can enjoy subsidized course fees provided by the Singapore Government. The course fees are payable on a per certificate basis and are inclusive of GST. These fees are determined based on prevailing funding policies and subject to annual review and revision.

All Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can make use of SkillsFuture Credit to pay for course fees.

Click here for details of course fee & subsidies.

SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme participants will not be required to pay any fees. The course fees for the programme will be borne by employers.


Entry Requirements

A) Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice offered under the SkillsFuture Earn & Learn Programme (ELP run)

 Entry Requirements

Polytechnic graduates from the following relevant disciplines are eligible to apply for this ELP

 Nanyang Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Biomedical Science
  • Diploma in Molecular Biotechnology
  • Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience

Republic Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Biomedical Sciences
  • Diploma in Biotechnology
  • Diploma in Marine Science & Aquaculture

Singapore Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Biomedical Science
  • Diploma in Biotechnology

Temasek Polytechnic

  • Diploma in Biomedical Science
  • Diploma in Biotechnology
  • Diploma in Veterinary Technology


B)    Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice (non-ELP run)

 Entry Requirements  Relevant Working Experience
Applicants with a diploma or degree qualification in a relevant disciplineSignificant animal handling experience or who display a deep passion for animal care

Applicants who do not meet the pre-requisite subject grades of their relevant qualifications but are assessed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic as potentially suitable candidates may, at the discretion of the Polytechnic, be considered for interviews or entrance tests.

Applicants with skills and knowledge obtained through some form of prior learning experience are also encouraged to apply to the course.


Course Structure

Upon completion of two Post-Diploma Certificates within a 2-year validity period, the candidate will be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice from Ngee Ann Polytechnic. [Please note that completion of the Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice does not confer upon nor qualify an individual to assume the title of "specialist" in the veterinary industry.]

The two Post-Diploma Certificates are:

Post-Diploma Certificate in Clinical Procedures
Modules Synopsis
Veterinary Practice Management This module will provide participants with an understanding of statutory regulations covering licensing, import and export of pet animals, and ethical compliances (i.e. WSH act and Risk Assessment Regulations) in veterinary practice, managing annual inspection and license renewal of veterinary facilities, employment law, chemical and biosafety and workplace safety practices, infectious diseases management, manage customer service quality, financial and human resource management, sales and marketing, inventory and pharmacy management, record keeping and dispensing practices. Participants will also gain an understanding to expanding the veterinary business and how to keep the clinic up to date in terms of technology and manpower development.
Emergency and Critical Care This module covers fundamentals of fluid therapy such as indications, body fluid compartments, types of IV fluids, fluid administration methods, fluid additives, monitoring of fluid therapy and complications. Participants will gain an understanding to transfusion medicine such as indications to blood and plasma transfusion, blood donors, pre-transfusion testing, blood collection, types of blood products and administration of blood products., Aspects of trauma management such as triage, assessment of hydration status, initial diagnostics, basic first aid, patient monitoring, emergency techniques (e.g. abdominocentesis, thoracocentesis, thoracic drain placement and tracheostomy tube placement), emergency respiratory support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation will be covered. A general approach to common emergencies involving different body systems such as cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urogenital, endocrine and metabolic, neurological, oncology, musculoskeletal, reproductive and ocular emergencies, and common poisonings (e.g.  insecticides, chocolate, rodenticides and heavy metals) will be taught. Critical care will cover the fundamentals of post resuscitation care and the management of post resuscitation syndromes (e.g. iatrogenic injury, cardiovascular instability, transient cerebral dysfunction, and systemic inflammatory response syndrome and multi organ dysfunction) and recumbent patients.
Pain Management and Anaesthesia Pain management will cover effective communication to clients in ensuring delivery of appropriate analgesia for patients, the common causes, physiologic and behavioral aspects and effects of pain, basic principles of effective analgesic treatments and techniques, and adjunctive analgesic protocols in small animals. Anaesthesia will cover patient preparation (e.g. fasting, history and clinical examination), an introduction to common anaesthetic agents (e.g. injectables, inhalants) available in practice, principles of endotracheal tube intubation which involve tube selection, tube preparation, intubation procedure, checking for proper placement, cuff inflation, and complications. It will also cover anaesthetic protocol selection in different disease presentations and animal species, and the proper execution of anaesthesia (i.e. equipment preparation, preanaesthetic drugs, anaesthetic induction, maintenance of anaesthesia, patient positioning, comfort and safety and anaesthetic recovery). Participamts will learn monitoring of anaesthesia (i.e. stages and planes of anaesthesia, principles of monitoring, vital signs, indicators of circulation, oxygenation, ventilation, monitoring of reflexes and other indicators of anaesthetic depth), function and setup of anaesthetic (e.g. Anaesthetic machine, endotracheal tubes, laryngoscopes, breathing circuits, masks etc.) and monitoring equipment (e.g. capnography, ECG, blood pressure and SPO2), interpretation of data, and intervention in anaesthetic complications.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Professional Practices
Modules Synopsis
Pet Industry Operations and Regulations The module will provide participants with an understanding to the operations and regulations of pet related industry such as pet shops, grooming facilities, pet boarding, puppy mills, shelters and veterinary clinics in Singapore. The module will cover basic licensing conditions, guidelines and best practice of the aforementioned industries. The module will also provide an introduction to legislation and regulations pertaining to pet ownership. This encompasses leashing and muzzling laws, pet-friendly venues (e.g. dogs not allowed in eating places or Tanjong Beach), animal abuse, claiming of impounded animals, keeping and trade of illegal pets (i.e. CITES regulations), import and export regulations of pets, animal feed, animal products and veterinary biologics.
Veterinary Products and Services This module will provide participants with basic concepts and knowledge of customer service principles and skills, and marketing veterinary products and services. Customer service will give participants insights on the importance of service anticipation, public relations as well as service recovery strategies (e.g. complaint resolution) and grief counselling. Participants will learn to propose a marketing system, from planning to pricing and promotion, and appreciate the impact of marketing variables in the formulation of marketing decisions. It will include the understanding of buying decision processes and factors influencing buyer's decisions in veterinary products. This encompasses knowledge relating to consumer perceptions and attitudes, consumer demographics and lifestyles, and cultural and group influences. Participants will learn to provide sound product advice for over counter sales to match consumer demand (e.g. price consideration, intention purpose). Advice will take into account, considerations in species specific side effects, efficacy and conformation of scheduled or non-scheduled drug sale to regulations.
Shelter Management This module will provide participants with basic management principles of an animal shelter. It will incorporate shelter design principles such as design and space planning, environmental and ventilation considerations, and considerations in construction. Animal health considerations such as proper sanitation protocols, housing and nutrition, quality of life, shelter disease prevention and management, animal intake considerations, and behavior management of common shelter animals in Singapore will also be incorporated. Participants will also learn about basic shelter programs related to emergency rescues, humane euthanasia, adoption, fund raising and neutering.



ELP participants will undergo OJT at the workplace. The training consists of structured on-the-job training and mentorship in the company which allow participants to apply the knowledge gained from the SD/VCP course in the context of the workplace environment. Clinical skills (e.g. Intravenous catheterization, blood drawing, radiographic positioning techniques, anaesthetic monitoring, animal handling skills and basic laboratory analysis) or administrative skills (e.g. receptionist duties, accounting, management etc.) as specified by the company will be accessed by employers.
* Participants enrolled into the Specialist Diploma in Veterinary Clinical Practice (non-ELP run) will complete projects in lieu of OJT.

Note: The modules above are subject to changes.

Some lessons in the modules of this course may be conducted via online learning where participants will be able to learn at their own pace anywhere and/or anytime.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is currently unavailable for this course.

Applicants may be given module exemption for their previous learning where it has been evaluated to be comparable to courses of study at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. For more information about Recognition of Prior Learning, please click here.



Application period is currently closed for Non-ELP, please join our emailing list for updates on the next run.

To apply for ELP, please refer below.


Earn & Learn Programme (ELP)

STEP 1: To apply for the Earn and Learn programme, click here.

STEP 2: To download Application Checklist, click here.


All relevant supporting documents listed in the application checklist must be submitted to CET Academy within one week from the date of your online application. Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

Documents can be sent by mail, or deposit into the Document Drop Box of CET Academy. Kindly indicate your Application ID, Application No, Name and course which you are applying for.

You may refer to our Course Application Guide and Frequently Asked Questions webpage for more details.