Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

What will I study?


The Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care covers the techniques necessary to perform emergency and critical care procedures, and the essential knowledge for monitoring of these patients. This includes identifying and addressing life threatening conditions such as:

  • Major trauma
  • Toxicities
  • Sepsis
  • Gastric dilation and volvulus
  • Cardiac failure
  • Respiratory and ventilatory failure
  • Renal failure
  • Urethral obstruction.

This course goes beyond practical treatment - you’ll gain an understanding of the underlying pathophysiology and evidence behind the treatment, giving you the confidence to make sound decisions when faced with the huge variety of emergencies seen in veterinary practice.

Course structure

This course comprises four subjects, each worth 12.5 credit points. These subjects are completed entirely online giving you the flexibility you require to juggle work and study. Assessments include online quizzes, written interpretations of case studies, and open-book examinations.

This course can be completed at your own pace over six months, one year or two years.


  • A part-time workload involves two subjects per semester, with an estimated 10 hours study time per week.
  • A full-time workload involves four subjects per semester and an estimated 20 hours study time per week.

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