GradCert Small Animal Medicine

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine is aimed at the qualified veterinary practitioner already working in small animal practice who wishes to develop their approach and knowledge more specifically in this area. It is also suitable for vets wishing to refresh their skills after a career break or for new graduates wishing to enhance their skill base. Participants should gain the confidence to approach and manage clinical cases to a higher level.

Programme Educational Philosophy

  • This programme focuses on an evidence-based approach to Small Animal Medicine equiping veterinarians with the necessary skills to become effective evidence-based practitioners.
  • The emphasis will be on taking an applied approach using case-based material and appraisal of current thinking.
  • The aim is to engender a confident approach to clinical cases working to progress their diagnosis and management to a higher level.
  • 90% of the course is on-line with some individual work but an overall emphasis on working as part of a group to enhance peer-to-peer learning.
  • The approach will be flexible, with approximately 10-12 hours per week in the home environment.
  • Throughout the programme, students will be expected to undertake self-directed study, receiving peer feedback, guidance from experts in the field and being exposed to the clinical expertise of a variety of veterinary specialists.
  • Overall, the programme aims to develop independent learners with metacognitive skills, critical thinking skills and a propensity for effective life-long learning and professional development.

The assessment strategy combines regular formative / low stakes assessment pieces including; group discussion of cases on discussion boards with feedback, concept maps, critical appraisal of papers, construction of evidence-based summaries and group work, with end of semester single best answer questions, a written critically appraised topics and a structured case report as the capstone assessment.

  • Define Evidence-Based Practice, explaining its importance and demonstrating its practical application with examples, within the context of Small Animal Medicine.
  • Critically evaluate the evidence-base for current approaches in Small Animal Medicine.
  • Demonstrate a confident, rigorous, and reflective approach to complex problem- solving in Small Animal Medicine.
  • Make evidence-based recommendations based on the evaluation of current literature.
  • Communicate effectively to peers about case management.
  • Develop effective strategies for lifelong learning and continuing professional development.
  • Create specific clinical plans for patients that integrate the best available evidence with appropriate clinical judgement and consideration of patient perspectives.
  • Evaluate clinical practice through critical reflection.

GradCert Small Animal Medicine (D075) Part Time
EU          fee per year - € 5280
nonEU    fee per year - € 5280

***Fees are subject to change

The following entry routes are available:

Graduate Certificate Small Animal Medicine (Sept) PT (D075)
18 Months
Part Time

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised