Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound (Abdominal)

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Veterinary Science Award Graduate Certificate


Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Ultrasound (Abdominal)

Course Code


Partner Faculty

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Course Description

Abdominal ultrasound is a vital tool in the investigation of disease processes in small animal veterinary medicine. The ability to obtain diagnostic images and the interpretation of these images in the context of the clinical case is considered a postgraduate skill in Veterinary Education.

This Graduate Certificate course provides training in abdominal ultrasound with an emphasis on image optimisation, description and interpretation of the findings. On completion of the course you will be competent in describing and interpreting abdominal ultrasound findings in the general practice setting.

Delivery Mode

  • Online study mode

  • Part Time (2 subjects per Semester) and Full Time (4 subjects per Semester) - you may undertake 1 subject per semester if requested.

  • You must complete the subjects sequentially

  • You will receive ongoing support when completing studies with enquiries answered within 24hrs during the working week


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  • Self-assessment by multiple choice questions following each tutorial (10 MCQ takes 20 minutes for each of 10 tutorials - 200 minutes total) and prior to subject completion - 20%

  • Open-book multiple-choice examination of 50 questions which takes 100 minutes during the exam week - 50%

  • Interpretation of 25 case studies assessed by structured questions pertaining to each case (5 MCQ per case) spread throughout the semester. Total time is 250 minutes - 30%

Additional Information

Broadband internet access is a course requirement as the course is administered online and via email.

NOTE: Subjects will only run if minimum number of participants is met. Please contact School of Melbourne Custom Programs for further details (+61 3 8344 2887).

Academic and Teaching Team

The Ultrasound Education Group at the University of Melbourne and Dr Cathy Beck.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed;

  1. An entry-to-practice veterinary degree that is recognised by the University of Melbourne.

  2. The minimum English language requirements for this course are Band 6.5.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

Please attach supporting documentation to your application. The supporting documentation required is an academic transcript, CV/Resume (evidence of two years professional experience) and proof of identity such as a birth certificate or passport.

Course Fees

For 2018:

Graduate Certificate (50 points) is $8,400.

Single subjects are $2,100 (GST inclusive) and veterinarians will receive a Certificate of Completion per subject for CPD. Fees are subject to change.

Accessing course materials

Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Course materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on smartphones and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Once the course materials have been downloaded on smartphones and tablets, all the interactive media content can be viewed even when offline (however, internet access is required periodically to login or re-verify login credentials). Course materials can also be accessed online using a web browser.


Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.

Delivery Dates and Times

Semester 1, 2018  
Teaching dates

Monday 26 February - Sunday 27 May

Examinations Monday 4 June - Monday 11 June
Results Release Friday 6 July
Semester 2, 2018  
Teaching Dates Monday 23 July - Sunday 21 October
Examinations Monday 29 October - Monday 5 November
Results Release Friday 30 November

Contact Us

Danielle Boardman
Program Coordinator, Teaching and Learning
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 3154