Diploma (Conversion) in Veterinary Clinical Science (DCVCS)

Offered by School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Post-Diploma / 1 year / TGS-2022014549

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Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Whether passion or calling, a career focusing on the wellbeing and welfare of animals is a challenging but deeply fulfilling endeavor. The skills and knowledge you possess will work to support your understanding of the interdependent connection between humans and animals, and the means of providing the best possible care to all animals.

Learning Outcomes

From the fundamentals of animal anatomy, husbandry, and pathology, to clinical practices and workplace safety, you will learn how to apply the skills and knowledge required in the diagnosis and treatment of animals seen in veterinary clinics and hospitals from highly experienced lecturers and industry practitioners.

You will also have the invaluable opportunity to practice what you learn in a real setting.


Course Date: 14 Oct 2024
Application Period: 1 Jun 2024 – 31 Jul 2024
Class Day(s): Wed – Fri
Time: 6:30pm to 9.30pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom & Home-based learning (Async & Sync)
Venue: Ngee Ann Polytechnic/Online

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

Post-Diploma Certificate in Essentials of Veterinary Clinical Science (TGS-2022014684)
Veterinary Professional Essentials
Learn proper animal handling and restraint and the principles underlying the behavior and husbandry of small animals commonly seen in general practice. This module covers occupational health and safety hazards associated and how to perform proper risk assessment and standard operating procedures. Learn the basics of effective communication, service orientation, and client relationship skills.
Veterinary Diseases & Pathology
This module will cover the pathogenic mechanisms and morphological aspects of common veterinary bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitic and metabolic diseases. Emphasis will be on common diseases affecting small animals in general practice. You will acquire the skills necessary for the investigation and diagnosis of animal diseases, necropsies, and basic histopathology.
Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology
This module introduces the anatomy and functions of the animal body. It equips you with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Post-Diploma Certificate in Fundamentals in Veterinary Clinical Science (TGS-2022014685)
Veterinary Clinical Pathology & Immunology
The clinical pathology component covers aspects of blood analysis. Microbiology provides you with an understanding of microorganisms of veterinary importance and standard microbial laboratory techniques. Immunology provides an understanding of how the immune system functions as an integrated defense system against disease.
Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology
This module covers the basic principles of veterinary pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics (absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination), the major drug classes and associated mechanism of action, side effects, indications and contraindications, basic anaesthesiology, and an introduction to toxicology.
Veterinary Diagnostics, Surgical & Treatment Procedures
This module covers introductory clinical cytology work, as well as learn about diagnostic imaging and diagnostic cardiology. You will also be introduced to basic surgical and treatment principles which would include pre- and peri-operative preparations for surgery, and intra- and post-operative procedures. Management of emergencies and critical care in veterinary practice will also be briefly covered.


1 Diploma Conversion
2 Post-Diploma Certificates
6 Modules


You are required to complete 2 post-diploma certificates within 2-year validity period to be awarded the Diploma (Conversion) qualification.

Entry Requirements

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are invited to apply for the course:
  • A local Polytechnic Diploma or recognized Degree

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted may have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Fees

Funding period for this course is from 1 Oct 2019 to 30 Sep 2024.

SkillsFuture Credit
All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the Training Exchange course directory.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year (or up to $500 for NTUC members aged 40 years old and above) when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme). Please visit e2i’s website to find out more.

Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMCs) are bite-sized part-time courses for individuals to acquire new skills or deepen relevant skills, without the need to pursue a full diploma. Refer here for course fees for SBMCs.

GST Increment in 2024
Please note that the GST rate will be revised to 9% with effect from 1 Jan 2024, as such any payable course fees will be subjected to the new GST rate adjustments in 2024. Please refer to our STEP portal for the updated fees. (Click on STEP)


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Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Full Course fee$6337.26
PR Sponsored by SME$659.89
Singapore Citizen Sponsored by SME$659.89
Singapore Citizen Aged 40 & Above$659.89
Singapore Citizen Aged Below 40$950.59
Singapore PR$2534.91
Long-Term Visit Pass Plus$6337.26