Evidence-based best practice

Develop your skills within evidence-based clinical decision-making, planning and execution of specialized diagnostic workup, procedures and therapeutic strategies.

Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science is a university-based continuing education in applied and advanced veterinary methodology, paraclinical skills and clinical decision making.

You receive an in-depth and updated knowledge on our compulsory courses that you continue to build upon when you specialize in one of our specialization tracks.

The Master’s programme is closely linked to the reality and challenges of small animal practices and therefore practical workshops and in vivo operations are an important part of the programme.

The programme enables you and your clinic to offer your patients a treatment that is based on the newest research, best-practices from other clinics, and the latest technology.

“There has been a focus on acquiring the newest knowledge. This gives me tools I can use in my practice and continue to work with after the programme”

- Anders P. Jensen, Veterinarian at AniCura Københavns Dyrehospital, Denmark.

Participant profiles

Veterinarians with at least 2 years of practical professional experience from companion animal practice.

Program structure

Study part-time

Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science is a 60 ECTS credit, a part-time programme designed to be completed within three years.

The short intensive course modules are designed to fit into the busy schedule of a companion animal veterinarian. The courses are situated at The University Hospital for Companion Animals, Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

The program consists of four compulsory courses (30 ECTS), a specialization track (18 ECTS), and a Master’s project (12 ECTS).

Compulsory courses

Compulsory courses 30 ECTS
Veterinary Methodology And Paraclinical Skills 7,5 ECTS
Companion Animal Internal Medicine And Speciality Cases, Systematic Diagnostic Decision Making 7,5 ECTS
Companion Animal Surgery – Good Surgical Practice 7,5 ECTS
Dedicated Companion Animal Clinical Practice (4 weeks of clinical externship at a veterinary teaching hospital) 7,5 ECTS

“The practical parts were excellent. The possibility to train under such competent tutoring in such a small group is extremely valuable”

- Karin Norlinder, Veterinarian at Bohusläns Smådjursklinik, Sweden.

Specialization tracks

Each specialization track consists of three-course modules of 6 ECTS each

Obtain an advanced level of knowledge and skills within the chosen area.

  • Companion Animal Internal Medicine (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Surgery (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Cardiology (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Neurology (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Oncology (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Diagnostic Imaging (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Dermatology (18 ECTS)
  • Companion Animal Ophthalmology (18 ECTS)
  • Exotic Companion and Hobby Animal Medicine (18 ECTS)

The course modules should be completed in this order to obtain alignment and progression from one course to the next. All courses must be completed before the Master's project can be completed.

After the Master’s project, you gain the title Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science.


Become a certified veterinarian

The compulsory courses are pre-approved as the Danish Certificate in Small Animal Diseases, in Danish known as certificatet fagdyrlæge i sygdomme hos hunde og katte, by the Danish Veterinary Association.

Course modules 1-3 are preapproved as 5 courses towards the Swedish specialist in diseases of dogs and cats, in Swedish known as Steg 1, by the Swedish Society of Veterinary Medicine.

Course modules 1-3 are preapproved as 148 hours of course activity towards the Norwegian specialist in diseases of dogs and cats, in Norwegian known as Specialisering i veterinærmedisin, spesialitet smådyr, by the Norwegian Veterinary Association.

Veterinarians certified in companion animal diseases may enrol directly at a specialization track

The above-mentioned certifications allow enrolment directly at a specialization track. This is also possible if you are a certified Finnish specialist in diseases of dogs and cats, in Finnish known as Pieneläinsairauksien erikoiseläinlääkäri.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee is differentiated, but still fixed – negotiation is not an option

The Danish Government pays a Ministry subsidy for EU/EEA students, whereas all other students must pay the full course price.

  • Full course price: all non-EU/EEA citizens (actual costs)
  • Reduced course price: all EU/EEA citizens (costs partly covered through a Ministry subsidy)

The total price for the full Master in Companion Animal Clinical Science is approximately DKK 250,000 equivalent of 33,500 euro for EU/EEA citizens.

The University of Copenhagen does not offer tuition remission, grants or scholarships

The University of Copenhagen does not offer any grants or scholarships. Nor can we answer inquiries regarding funding.

Admission and application

Admission criteria for Master of Companion Animal Clinical Science

  • A degree in Veterinary Medicine/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or equivalent;
  • Minimum two years of work experience in companion animal practice; and
  • Proficiency in English

The Master’s programme admits new students every two years (odd years). No single course students are accepted

Application process

Fill out the application form via the Master’s programme website, www.cacs.ku.dk, and remember the required documentation.

  • TYPE: Continuing Professional Development
  • PLACE: University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • DURATION: 3-6 years of part-time study
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • CERTIFICATION: Danish Certificate in Small Animal Diseases (upon completion of compulsory courses).
  • PARTICIPANTS: Companion animal veterinarians
  • ADMISSION: Every second year (odd years)
  • FURTHER INFO: www.cacs.ku.dk

Duration and price

Start date: October 2019 (uneven years)

Duration: 3 years

Price: DKK 250,000 for EU/EEA citizens. Higher for non-EU/EEA citizens.

Deadline: May 1, 2019. The programme only admits students every second year (odd years)

Program taught in:
  • English

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