2 January 2025

Dedicated Companion Animal Clinical Practice

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

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with practical experience in a dedicated companion animal practice setting including practicals within the chosen tracking area.

The course will have special emphasis on the practical clinical application of the problem oriented medical record (POMR) method as a systematic reflective clinical diagnostic decision making tool in dedicated companion animal practice as well as on evidence based approaches to diagnostic work up, interpretation of collected data, and planning of diagnostic procedures and therapeutic management strategies.

It will mainly be patient based and interactive to further reflection, analysis, and synthesis of patient problems from obtained data including laboratory results and background knowledge including referral information from each patient.

Planning of the practicals within the tracking areas will be performed together with the course coordinator and balanced based on the chosen area of tracking within dedicated companion animal practice.

You can read testimonials from Astrid and Sanne who have been in London as a part of their clinical pratice.

Read more about the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.










Dedicated companion animal clinical practicals. The student will participate in patient work, patient case rounds, and peer seminars. Case-study work including establishing a case log and procedure log. Searching scientific literature.














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


• Explain, reflect about and demonstrate overview of complex clinical diagnostic decision making, patient therapy and management in dedicated companion animal practice
• List, classify, and demonstrate critical reflection on existing and new approaches to patient diagnosis, therapy, management and client education in a dedicated companion animal practice situation


 Within the dedicated companion animal practice patient setting the student must be able to
• Interpret, assess and reflect on collected patient data in order to identify/localise the cause of disease, make clinical decisions, arrive at a diagnosis and apply and integrate evidence based scientific approaches to plan and administer further diagnostics, patient therapy and management
• Seek out, reflect on and apply new evidence to patient problems in a dedicated companion animal clinical setting
• Communicate effectively and discuss patient issues and solution models with both peers and non-specialists at an advanced level and across disciplines within dedicated companion animal practice
• Communicate effectively in writing and orally regarding patients and pass on results to relevant parties including both specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice colleagues and clients


• Plan and evaluate a diagnostic work-up for a companion animal patient with a complex  history
• Independently obtain, evaluate and elaborate on evidence based new knowledge within companion animal medicine
• Collaborate and communicate within and between both specialist, dedicated companion animal and mixed practice peers and lay persons involved in companion animal management































Professor Annemarie Thuri Kristensen, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.























Course details

Duration: 4 weeks externship 
Dates: 2 January - 22 September 2023
[Next time: 2 January - 20 September 2025]
Frequency: Only available every second year
Course capacity: 30 students
Place: International university or University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Course fee: EU/EEA citizens
Master student: 28,500 DKK*

Non-EU/EEA citizens
Master student: 33,800 DKK*

*The tuition fee covers a 4-week stay at the University Hospital for Companion Animals, Frederiksberg, Denmark. In case of an externship at another international university hospital, the price will be reduced accordingly. Contact master@sund.ku.dk for further information.

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 find examination information in the course curriculum
Application deadline: Master's programme: 1 May 2023
Admission: Only available for students enrolled on Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science

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