Post Graduate Courses

Postgraduate Course in Medical and surgical companion animal nursing (2nd Edition)

Postgraduate Course in Medical and surgical companion animal nursing

Start date
JAN 06th, 2024

Until DEC 15th, 2023


This postgraduate course aims to provide specific training in medical and surgical skills in companion animals. It will provide a strong update and deepening of this knowledge in this area. More than learning new theoretical concepts, this training track will provide a more specialized theoretical anchor, with direct application in your field of ​​work.

Because the quality of care and safety for companion animals is our priority, this postgraduate course has a set of highly experienced trainers (veterinarians and veterinary nurses). It should also be noted that there will be a period of practical contact – the tutored internship, which will reinforce the trainees' experience.

Due to its modular organization, it is possible to attend individual modules (except the internship):

  • Emergency, intensive and critical care (5 ECTS) - 4 modules | 550€
  • Continuing care (4 ECTS) - 3 modules | 420€
  • Complementary diagnostic tests (2,5 ECTS) - 2 modules | 280€
  • Exotic animals (1 ECTS) | 150€
  • Operating room (7,5 ECTS) - 2 modules | 840€
  • Wound management (1 ECTS) | 150€

This training has the support of the Portuguese Veterinary Nurse Association (AEVP – Associação dos Enfermeiros Veterinários Portugueses).


The Postgraduate Course in Medical and surgical companion animal nursing is organized into 7 curricular units, and subsequently in a modular way. A total of 17 modules with a total amount of 320 hours of contact. These are divided into

  1. 238 hours of theoretical, mixed and practical classes to occur in after-work hours (1 to 2 weekends per month). Eventually there will be available classes throughout an e-learning platform in case the pandemic situation changes
  2. 82 hours of tutored internship at HEV. Participants will fit into clinical rotations, guided by veterinary nurses from the HEV clinical staff

Assessment and evaluation

Assessment will be applied in the form of a continuous and modular assessment questionnaires. In the end it will be necessary to perform a final work.


Graduates in veterinary nursing (license certificate), without ranking, except in cases where enrollment exceeds the number of vacancies. In this case, the ranking will be done by course grade.

Registrations & Fee

Until December 15th 2023

Fee - 2000€
10% discount to ACIVET workers and AEVP (Portuguese Veterinary Nurse Association).

Note: In addition to the tuition fee, a flat registration fee of €50 and school insurance of €2.03 (value to be updated)


1 year in a total amount of 320h of contact, These are divided into 238h of theoretical, mixed and practical classes to occur in after-work hours and 82 hours of tutored internship at Hospital Escolar Veterinário (HEV).

Maximum of 30 attendants per edition

Curricular Plan

Emergency, intensive and critical care (5 ECTS)

Module 1 – The patient in the Emergency (2 pm)  |  JAN 06-07, 2024
Module 2 – Basic and Advanced Life Support: Nursing and Medicine - the Team that saves (2 pm)  |  FEB 03-04, 2024
Module 3
– The Intensive Care Unit (2 pm)  |  MAR 02-03, 2024
Module 4 – Private Management of Critically Ill (2:00 pm)  |  MAR 09-10, 2024

Continuing care (4 ECTS)

Module 5 – Continuing Care: Physical Rehabilitation (2:00 pm)  |  MAR 30-31, 2024
Module 6 – Continuing care: Inpatient service (2 pm)  |  APR 20-21, 2024
Module 7 – Continuing Care: oncology and palliative care (2 pm)  |  MAI 25-26, 2024

Complementary diagnostic tests (2,5 ECTS)

Module 8 – Clinical analysis: from collection to analysis (14h)  |  JUN 22-23, 2024
Module 9 – Diagnosis: radiology and endoscopy (14h)  |  JUL 20-21, 2024

Exotic animals (1 ECTS)

Module 10 – Exotic Animal Clinic (2 pm)  |  SET 07-08, 2024

Operating room (7,5 ECTS)

Module 11 – Technical work in the operating room (2 pm)  |  OCT 05-06, 2024
Module 12 – Surgical Instrumentation (14h) - OCT 26-27, 2024
Module 13 – Preparation of the surgical patient (14h)  |  NOV 09-10, 2024
Module 14 – Anesthesia and pain management for nurses (2:00 pm)  |  NOV 23-24, 2024
Module 15 – Anesthetic monitoring and equipment maintenance (2:00 pm)  |  DEC 14-15, 2024
Modules 16 – Recovery of the patient in the operating room (2 pm)  |  JAN 11-12, 2025

Wound management (1 ECTS)

Module 17 – Dressings and wound healing (14h)  |  JAN 25-26, 2025

Tutored Internship (3 ECTS) – 2 weeks, 8 hours daily. Frequency period to be defined for each student.

Application Process

The application process, General or Modular, is associated with a fee of €60. This amount will be deducted from the registration fee.

Deadline for Applications to Modules:
- Urgency, intensive and critical care (5 ECTS) - DEC 06th 2023
- Continuing care (4 ECTS) - FEB 20th 2024
- Complementary diagnostic tests (2.5 ECTS) - MAI 20th 2024
- Exotic animals (1 ECTS) - AGO 08th 2024
- Operating room (7.5 ECTS) - SEP 08th 2024
- Wound management (1 ECTS) - DEC 28th 2024

Application Portal (new students)

Application Support Manual

Select according to your current situation:

  • I already have a local account on FMV's FenixEdu or EDU@ULisboa account
  • Access recovery:
        FenixEdu from FMV (candidates not admitted in previous years with local accounts)
        EDU@ULisboa (FMV student or former student)


Lisa Alexandra Pereira Mestrinho
José Henrique Duarte Correia


Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - ULisboa

Alexandra Basso
(Veterinarian, Prof. Braço Forte Laboratory- FMV), Ana Cardoso (Veterinarian, Arrábida Veterinary Hospital - HVA), Ana Carvalho (Veterinarian, Hospital Escolar Veterinário -HEV), Ana Filipe (Veterinary Doctor, HEV), Ana Reisinho (Veterinarian, HEV), Ângela Martins (Veterinarian, HVA), António Almeida (Veterinarian, HEV), António Martinho (Invited Assistant Professor, FMV), Berta São Braz (Assistant Professor, FMV), Carla Sousa (HEV Veterinary Nurse), Catarina Oliveira (Veterinary Nurse, HEV), Daniela Silva (Veterinary Nurse, HEV), Esmeralda Delgado (Assistant Professor, FMV), Élia Cosme (HEV Veterinary Nurse), Filipe Gonçalves (HEV Veterinary Nurse), Filipe Martins (HEV Veterinary Nurse), Gonçalo Vicente (Veterinarian, HEV), Inês Lobo (Veterinarian, HEV), Inês Rijo (Veterinarian, HVA), Joana Gomes (Veterinarian, HEV), Joana Dias (Veterinarian, HEV), José HD Correia (Associate Professor, FMV), Leonor Iglésias (Veterinarian, HEV), Lisa Mestrinho (Assistant Professor, FMV), Mafalda Pires Gonçalves (Veterinarian, HEV), Patrícia Capelas (Veterinarian Nurse, HEV), Raquel Bastos (Veterinary Nurse, HEV), Rita Rosa (Veterinarian, HEV), Rodolfo Leal (Invited Assistant Professor, FMV ), Telmo Casimiro (Veterinarian, HEV).