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Certificate in Clinical Governance, Leadership and Evidence Based Veterinary Care

Course Points
15 ECTS credits
Course Duration
1 Year
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
18 Places
Course Start Date
Week commencing Monday 16th September 2024 (subject to change)

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • Opportunity for continuing professional development (and VCI CVE points)
  • Supports the development of an evidence-based approach to veterinary practice which will lead to improved patient care.
  • Facilitates the development of skills in effective leadership and mentoring.

Course Summary

This part-time programme was developed to respond to skills needs identified in internal and external surveys, informal feedback, and knowledge of the current state of the veterinary industry. The areas of clinical governance, leadership, and mentoring are regarded as being of high relevance to veterinary nurses and practitioners, particularly to those who wish to broaden their career options.

Important notice about this course


Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd September OR until all places are taken whichever comes first.

This is a part-time minor award that will cover the principles of evidence-based veterinary care, leadership, and clinical governance.  The aim is to equip veterinary professionals with the skills to provide optimal care based on current scientific evidence and to reduce errors, leading to improved patient outcomes.  It is established practice for more experienced veterinary nurses to mentor students and newly qualified nurses and a recent research study conducted at DkIT and UCD indicated a lack of training amongst RVNs in this area, despite the frequency with which they assume leadership and mentoring roles within the practice team. Learners will critically evaluate the nature and role of effective leadership in a veterinary practice and will facilitate the development of skills and knowledge in leadership and mentoring.

This is a 15-credit minor award comprising 2 modules:

  • Semester 1: Clinical Governance and Evidence-Based Veterinary Care (10 credits)

  • Semester 2: Veterinary Leadership (5 credits)

The programme will be delivered in the DkIT campus over a day per week in semester 1 and a half-day per week in semester 2.

At present it looks like the course will run Tuesdays but please note that this could change depending on teaching resources closer to the start date in September.

Total fee = €850 payable as follows:

Instalment 1: €200 Accept Offer fee (non-refundable) 

Instalment 2: €650 payable by 31st October

Applicants must hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Nursing or a Veterinary Medicine qualification, both of which must be registrable with the Veterinary Council of Ireland.  Applicants with other qualifications of relevance and suitable experience will be assessed using the DkIT Recognised Prior Learning process.

Veterinary Nurses and Practitioners who are currently in or wish to move to a senior role within a practice or wish to develop knowledge, skills and attributes to pursue extended or advanced roles, such as management and leadership.

Dr Siobhan Jordan (Acting Head of Department of Agriculture, Food and Animal Health)

Course ID DK_NAGOV_8
Course Type Postgraduate, Flexible & Professional
Study Mode Part-Time
Level 8
Duration 1 Year
Fees €850
Starting Date Week commencing Monday 16th September 2024 (subject to change)
School School of Health & Science
Department Agriculture, Food and Animal Health
Credits 15 ECTS credits
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Delivery Method On Campus

How To Apply

Apply Directly to DkIT

Apply directly to DkIT using our online applications system. Please remember to upload the required documentation (copies of your existing qualification(s), your CV, any other support documents etc) with your online application to expedite your application. To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended.

Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).