Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science (Surgery) 

The Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science is a 60 ECTS postgraduate education targeted small animal veterinarians seeking continuing professional development.

This new postgraduate Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science programme dedicated to surgery is offered in collaboration between AniCura AB and the University of Copenhagen.

Upon completion of the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science (surgery) programme, you will be able to approach and address both routine and more complex surgical problems in a highly reflective and structured problem-oriented manner based on analysis of collected data and information from the medical literature, resulting in clinical decision making and planning and execution of specialised diagnostic work up, procedures and therapeutic strategies at an advanced level.

The surgery track is a 3-year programme consisting of 5 basic courses, 4 advanced specialisation courses, and a master's project.

You may obtain the following certificate and title:

  • European certificate, Companion Animal Surgery - requires completion of the basic courses
  • Master, Companion Animal Clinical Science (Surgery) - requires completion of the full programme dedicated surgery

Capacity: max 24 participants
Call opens: 1 October 2022
Application deadline: 1 May 2023

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Specialisation in Companion Animal Surgery

Improve your level of expertise and personal skills in advanced surgical procedures. The programme is taught by highly qualified national and international faculty and specialists in the field of companion animal surgery.

The course modules cover surgical techniques in companion animal soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, cancer surgery, endoscopic surgery, and neurosurgery. The teaching includes diagnostic pre-operative work-up, estimation of treatment outcome and prognosis, choice of surgical methods and procedures and choice of anesthesia. There is a strong emphasis on practical wet labs and case-based approaches applicable for direct implementation in specialised companion animal practice.


Practical sessions (wet labs):

  • Workshops on fundamental surgical techniques including induction of anaesthesia, haemostasis, and life-saving emergency techniques.
  • Workshops on basic and advanced surgical procedures in soft tissue surgery.
  • Workshops on basic and advanced surgical procedures in orthopedic surgery.
  • Workshops on cancer surgery.
  • Workshops on endoscopic surgery including arthroscopy, laparoscopy and thoracoscopy.
  • Workshops on neurosurgery of the spine.



The Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science (Surgery) is worth 60 ECTS credits and is equivalent to 1 year of full-time studying. It is designed to be completed in 3 years of part-time studying and full-time studying is not an option.

The surgery track consists of 5 core courses, 4 specialisation courses, and a master's project. All elements in this new surgery track focusses on surgery during both core courses and specialisation courses.

Once you have completed the 5 core courses, University of Copenhagen will issue you the European Certificate - Companion Animal Surgery, which is unique to this track.

The courses are designed with a minimum amount of physical attendance. The lectures are held on different locations in Europe: Copenhagen, Denmark; Novara, Italy; and Augsburg, Germany.

Most courses are available only every second year.





The Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and AniCura AB has extended our close cooperation into a formal collaboration regarding the new surgery track on the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.

With this collaboration, UCPH and AniCura AB wish to promote research based continuous development of standard of care in veterinary practices, raise the professional level of veterinarians and promote specialisation in companion animal surgery in both primary and referral practice. Ultimately heightening quality of care for companion animals and their families through even more specialised candidates.

In addition to the collaboration between University of Copenhagen and AniCura AB, the Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science is offered in close partnership with The Danish Veterinary Association (DVA). The partnership is founded on years of shared experience with offering continuing education and training for veterinarians.


Course dates apply to the upcoming intake

All dates listed in the course overview below apply to the upcoming intake - class of 2024.

Class of 2022 course dates available 

If you enrolled in 2022, you may find your course dates in the course presentations. The dates are marked with "class of 2022".

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Link to former surgery track - only relevant for students enrolled on this track.