What will I learn?

A course that combines bioscience and veterinary science to offer wider career options

Strong focus on the proper care, handling and management of laboratory animals for scientific purposes

Training that prepares you to assist veterinarians in providing animal medical care and treatment

Four-month internship with top local or overseas research institutions, life science companies, animal theme parks and veterinary clinics

Love animals and interested in their welfare? The Diploma in Veterinary Bioscience (VBS) will teach you how to care for, handle and manage various animals, ranging from laboratory animals to pets.

You will be trained to assist veterinarians in a clinical setting, as well as learn about the importance of animal models in the search for new drugs and vaccines. This course also gives you a head start in a career in biomedical research.

In your first year, you will learn about the maintenance and well-being of animals through modules such as Animal Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Nutrition and Animal Welfare, Behaviour & Handling. Modules such as Wildlife Conservation & Biodiversity will give you an understanding of animals in their natural habitats.

You will learn about the importance of the animal immune system in the prevention of infection, as well as the clinical diagnosis and treatment of animal diseases in your second year. The role of genes in animal health will be covered through modules such as Animal Developmental Biology & Genetics.

In your final year, you will carry out a research project and undertake a four-month internship either locally or abroad, where you could be attached to research laboratories, veterinary clinics or animal theme parks such as the Singapore Zoo.

Careers

VBS graduates enjoy a wide range of careers in the veterinary and biomedical science industries upon graduation.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​Veterinary assistant ​ ​

​Veterinary clinics

Animal hospitals

​Animal curator

​Animal trainer/presenter

​Zoologist ​ ​

Animal theme parks (eg. Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park, Marine Life Park)

​Animal handler ​ ​

​Equine establishments (eg. Bukit Timah Saddle Club, Singapore Turf Club, Singapore Polo Club)

​Research assistant

​Laboratory biologist

​Research institutions

University laboratories

Veterinary bioscientist

​Veterinary technologist

Veterinary technician

​Animal research facilities

Preclinical trial centres

​Government Sector (eg. Agri-food and Veterinary Authority)

​Animal welfare officer ​

​Animal welfare organizations (eg. SPCA)

​Entrepreneur ​

​​Animal-related businesses (eg pet shops, pet hotels & pet supply companies)

Which department am I in?

School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (4,95,890) per year
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

School of Life Sciences and Chemical Technology

Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-B

To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Science (with Physics or Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology or Fundamentals of Electronics: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with English as a second language (EL2) must have attained a minimum grade of 6.

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