Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Medicine


This programme is suitable for Veterinary Surgeons working in small animal practice who wish 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 new graduates wishing to enhance their skills base. Participants should gain the confidence to approach and manage clinical cases to a higher level.

The programme is designed to offer busy vets the opportunity to participate in part-time education and enjoy the benefit of:

  • Studying online at a time and place that is flexible
  • Joining an online community to exchange knowledge and ideas
  • Developing skills and knowledge that enhance diagnosis, treatment and management of small animal patients
  • Applying new learning experiences to professional practice

The programme is offered as an online distance-learning course. Applicants will be expected to commit to online learning and attend an introductory session and one prescribed workshop in UCD.

The programme uses a variety of innovative teaching methods designed to encourage learning and active engagement with the course material.  The approaches used include e-lectures with supplementary notes and reading materials, SNAPI (reusable learning resources - click here for more information), case-based discussion boards and structured assessments with feedback.  All are designed to stimulate learning in a supportive flexible environment. ​

Read about what some of our students have to say about our course in Grad Cert SAM testimonials.


  • Evidence-based approach to small animal medicine

Application of evidence-based medicine, critical evaluation of the literature and clinical reasoning are the focus of this module. Subject areas include: immunology, oncology and chemotherapy and infectious diseases.

  • Systems-based review of advances in small animal medicine

Approaches learned in module one will be developed, looking at recent advances in cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, urology and gastroenterology.

Duration: 12 months.

Next course: The next cycle of the course will begin in Januray 2022

How to apply: The online application for this course will open when the date for the next cycle has been determined. Please check back here for the link to UCD Online Applications. 

Fees: Fees information

Admission Requirements:

Applicants are required to have a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Equipment and Skills Requirements:

Applicants will require a computer and Broadband Internet access and an intermediate level of IT skills (be able to browse the Internet, download files, utilise email, complete online forms, and use desktop editing software such as MS Excel and Word). Whilst an induction programme to online learning will be provided, applicants whose IT skills do not meet an intermediate standard are advised to undertake beginners IT training before commencing the programme.

Whilst every effort has been made to make the learning materials on this course compatible with mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), certain tasks and assessments will require the student to have access to a laptop or desktop computer with Broadband Internet access. 


Contact: For further information, to register your interest in taking the next course or to make an enquiry about any aspect of the course please contact