Post Graduate Courses

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

Postgraduate Course in Medical and surgical companion animal nursing

Until MAR 03rd, 2024

Start date
MAR 23rd, 2024



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 03rd 2024

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)  |  
Module 2 – Basic and Advanced Life Support: Nursing and Medicine - the Team that saves (2 pm)  | 
Module 3
– The Intensive Care Unit (2 pm)  | 
Module 4 – Private Management of Critically Ill (2:00 pm)  |  

Continuing care (4 ECTS)

Module 5 – Continuing Care: Physical Rehabilitation (2:00 pm)  |  
Module 6 – Continuing care: Inpatient service (2 pm)  | 
Module 7 – Continuing Care: oncology and palliative care (2 pm)  | 

Complementary diagnostic tests (2,5 ECTS)

Module 8 – Clinical analysis: from collection to analysis (14h)  |  
Module 9 – Diagnosis: radiology and endoscopy (14h)  | 

Exotic animals (1 ECTS)

Module 10 – Exotic Animal Clinic (2 pm)  |  

Operating room (7,5 ECTS)

Module 11 – Technical work in the operating room (2 pm)  |  
Module 12 – Surgical Instrumentation (14h) |
Module 13 – Preparation of the surgical patient (14h)  |  
Module 14 – Anesthesia and pain management for nurses (2:00 pm)  |  
Module 15 – Anesthetic monitoring and equipment maintenance (2:00 pm)  | 
Modules 16 – Recovery of the patient in the operating room (2 pm)  | 

Wound management (1 ECTS)

Module 17 – Dressings and wound healing (14h)  |  

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) |
- Continuing care (4 ECTS) |
- Complementary diagnostic tests (2.5 ECTS) |
- Exotic animals (1 ECTS) |
- Operating room (7.5 ECTS) |
- Wound management (1 ECTS) |

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).