Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Diploma in Veterinary Technology

Thanks E_Cat for sending this in :-

Diploma in Veterinary Technology

There was an article about this new course in yesterday's newspapers. Hopefully there'll be a place to train vets too at some point, though I'm not sure the Singapore market is large enough to support one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think one should look carefully before taking up this course. I checked out the course details. Actually it is not so much of a course to train vets. It is more to train lab techs that work with animal testing. So expect to do some experiments on animals of which some will be fatal I guess. Not really a course for animal lovers.

17/1/07 11:29 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes it seems to train both - but it seems you can train to become a vet assistant at a clinic.

Strangely the two seem quite different as I would imagine you'd be working with almost completely different animals in the first place!

17/1/07 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....It focuses on training students on the care and use of laboratory animals for scientific purposes other than equipping them with relevant knowledge and skills in cell and molecular biology, surgical and anesthesia procedure, animal disease diagnosis, animal handling , and animal care. You will also undergo a local or overseas attachment for five months in biomedical research , animal care or veterinary related areas in your final year."

No, I didn't think so.

17/1/07 2:04 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes which is why a good vet school would be best though I'm not sure there is a large enough market in Singapore. It would certainly be good to have one that focuses on equipping vet technicians locally as well.

17/1/07 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder where they obtain animals for their training procedures? In the picture there is a cat being anaesthetized..

17/1/07 2:21 PM  
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17/1/07 2:28 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Normally I would think it was from a breeder - though I'm not sure if there is enough again of a market in Singapore. In terms of animal experiments, as I understand it, cats are very rarely used. Als, if used for animal experiments, you cannot go and pick a cat off the street and experiment on it. It has to be specially bred and kept.

If this is more for the vet assistant part of the course they may not necessarily need a specially bred cat though.

17/1/07 2:32 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Plus the curriculum has no ethics module... so I agree with anonymous 1

17/1/07 3:44 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Oh yes definitely - do ask exactly what is going to be taught, as with any course. After all if one goes in and hopes to be trained as a vet assistant, but is being trained as a lab animal handler, then that's a problem.

Calsifer - do many courses really teach ethics? :)

17/1/07 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I am wrong, judging from the course guide, it seems that you will be trained on how more to restrain, insert probes, maybe even killing animals in a "humane" manner. Although I personally don't support animal testing but I wont condemn the course either. Just hope that potential students find out exactly what they are in for. The double whammy of finding out that one is learning to "torture" animals and having to forfeit school fees is no joke. Already in pet forums, there are students who think it is training one to be a vet.

17/1/07 4:08 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous that's worrying - but of course people will (hopefully) read the propsectus first.

17/1/07 4:30 PM  
Blogger calsifer said...

Maybe not locally. But if you do a google on vet course curriculum in foreign U, quite a fair number's got it... I wonder if sg degree courses incorporate animal ethics? anyone knows off hand? Too lazy to plough through their curriculums

17/1/07 4:38 PM  
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