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

  • Complete either 2 subjects per semester over one year or 1 subject per semester over two years

  • 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 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

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 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
Semester 1, 2018  
Teaching dates

Monday 26 February - Sunday 27 May

Examinations Monday 4 June - Monday 11 June
Results Release Friday 6 July

Contact Us

Program Coordinator: Ally Prowse
T: +61 3 8344 1605