Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

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


Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

Course Code


Partner Faculty

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Course Description

This course focuses on emergency and critical care (ECC) of the dog and cat. The course will cover both the fundamental pathophysiological and clinical aspects of ECC. In this way, the course will provide the theory required for preparation of the ANZCVS ECC membership examinations. Passing of ANZCVS ECC membership examinations is a mandatory requirement before a veterinarian is able to sit specialty veterinary examinations within Australia and thus the course will be of assistance to those entering into a residency position in this area.

Specifically this course leads to the ability to identify and address life threatening conditions such as, but not limited to, major trauma, toxicities, sepsis, acute abdomen, cardiac failure, respiratory and ventilatory failure, renal failure and urethral obstruction. You will develop knowledge in the techniques necessary to perform emergency and critical care procedures and develop knowledge in the monitoring of these patients. And you will gain understanding and confidence for dealing with ECC patients through didactic course work, use of realistic case studies and assessment that provides feedback and re-enforcement of material.

The Graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care consists of four mandated subjects worth 12.5 points each. A prerequisite for the course is to have a veterinary degree that is recognised by the University of Melbourne.

Delivery Mode

  • Online study mode

  • Complete 1 subject per semester over two years

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


  • VETS90036 Cardiovascular & Respiratory Emergencies (12.5 points)

  • VETS90037 Abdominal & Urogenital Emergencies (12.5 points)

  • VETS90038 Haemato, Neurologic & Global Conditions (12.5 points)

  • VETS90039 CPR, Eye Emergencies & Practical ECC (12.5 points)


  • 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 Kylie Kelers

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 state in the 'Further Comments / Queries' section 13, if you intend to study this course Part time (1 subject per semester) or Full time (2 subjects per semester).

Course Fees

Graduate Certificate (50 points) is $8,000

Single subjects are $2,000 (GST inclusive) and veterinarians will receive a Certificate of Completion per subject for CPD.

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

Applications for Semester 2, 2017 are now open.

Semester 2, 2017  
Teaching dates Monday 24 July to Sunday 22 October 2017
Examinations Monday 30 October to Friday 17 November 2017
Results Release Friday 1 December 2017

Contact Us

Program Coordinator - Gemma Hughes

T: +61 3 8344 2887