9 October 2023

Veterinary Methodology and Paraclinical Skills

This course is a basic course at the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science. The master is a post graduate education targeted small animal veterinarians seeking Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The course has a veterinary methodology and paraclinical perspective on companion animal patient work up and integrates the importance of applying a systematic approach to clinical decision making focused on the companion animal patient illustrated by the use of the problem oriented medical record (POMR) and theoretical knowledge and practical skills within key paraclinical methods.

The course provides the students with theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for using microscopy as a solid diagnostic tool in companion animal practice.

The course also emphasizes the importance of systematic evaluation of radiographs and provides students with knowledge of different image modalities applicable in companion animal clinical practice.

Knowledge of ethics, welfare, management and communication tools both in respect to fellow colleagues but also the clients met in clinical practice are also parts of the course. 

Read more about the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.


A mixture of lectures, e-learning, theoretical and practical exercises as well as case-study work.


Having completed the course, the student should be able to:


  • Define veterinary methodology and paraclinical tools in systematic clinical decision making in dedicated companion animal clinical practice
  • List the systematic approach to the complex companion animal patient using POMR and be able to explain, reflect about and demonstrate overview of systematic clinical decision making
  • List and explain the systematic approach to microscopy of companion animal cytology and hematology specimens including sample collection and preparation procedures.
  • Explain the systematic approach to interpretation of laboratory results.
  • List and explain the systematic approach to evaluation of existing and new veterinary imaging approaches in companion animal clinical practice and their advantages and disadvantages.
  • Reflect about key ethical and welfare considerations, and the key communication and management issues in companion animal practice


  • Apply the methodologies and tools and use and adjust relevant equipment
  • Prepare blood smears
  • Evaluate and interpret normal and abnormal blood and cytology smears from companion animal patients including differentiating between inflammatory categories and malignant and benign lesions. Plan and implement additional work up based on analysis and interpretation of these in complex clinical situations
  • Apply the systematic approach to reading and interpreting radiographs in companion animal patients and plan and implement additional work up based on analysis and interpretation of these in complex clinical situations
  • Communicate effectively and discuss relevant problems and questions within the systematic approach to complex patients with both peers and and clients 


  • Collaborate and communicate within and between both specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in companion animal patient management
  • Plan and reflect about the use of veterinary methodology and paraclinical tools


Continuing professional development for small animal veterinarians.
This course is a basic course at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science, which is a post-graduate programme. 

You must meet the following criteria to be admitted to this course: 

  • Hold a degree in Veterinary Medicine
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of relevant job experience from companion animal practice
  • Be proficient in English

Find detailed information about the formal requirements for this course.




Course details

Duration: 6 days on campus
Dates: 9-14 October 2023
Frequency: Only available every second year
Course capacity: 30 students
Place: University Hospital for Companion Animals,  Frederiksberg, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 35,000 DKK
Master student: 31,500 DKK

Non-EU/EEA citizens
Single course participant: 40,300 DKK
Master student: 36,800 DKK

Tuition fees include course materials and lunch/coffee. Books are not included in the tuition fees and must be purchased by the participants.
Level and credit: Master course; 7,5 ECTS
Examination date: Please consult the exam schedule
Application deadline: Master's programme: 1 May 2023
Course: 4 September 2023
Admission: To be admitted, you must meet the admission criteria for compulsory courses at Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science

The opening of the application period is announced via the programme newsletter.
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