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Grad Cert in Small Animal Medicine

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 onsite session in UCD (typically two days towards the later part of the programme).

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.


Module Code


Module Coordinator


Evidence-based approach to Small Animal Medicine

 Dr Emma O’Neill


Advances in SAM1

 Dr Monica Augusto


Advances in SAM2

 Dr Kevin Murtagh


Advances in SAM3

 Dr Benoit Cuq


Clinical application of SAM

 Dr Emma O’Neill

Duration: 18 months

Current intake: September 2022 (Applications now closed)

Next course: The next cycle of the course will begin in September 2024. 

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 sam.cert@ucd.ie

Contact the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine

UCD Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 6100 | Location Map(opens in a new window)