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Build on your knowledge of biomedical sciences, become a specialist in veterinary technology or further your research skills with 100% online biomedical science courses from the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Developed for veterinary technicians in the workplace, pre-veterinary students without career-relevant veterinary elective courses and other undergraduates in biological sciences who are interested in applied veterinary science but studying at institutions without a veterinary college, these online courses provide multiple options:

Individual courses

Biomed courses provide exceptional pre-vet med electives for aspiring veterinarians and can assist veterinary technicians in preparing for certification as a veterinary technician specialist, with the various recognized veterinary technology academies.

Certificate of Achievement

Complete 15 credit hours of course work in veterinary biomedical technology and receive a certificate of achievement from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. Learn more at the College of Veterinary Medicine website.

Avery Miller
Avery Miller

The BIOMED certificate and bachelor's completion (programs) could not have fit my situation more perfectly. And, that it could all be completed online seemed like destiny.

Bachelor's degree

If you are a veterinary technician who has graduated from an accredited 2- or 3-year program, and are seeking a four-year degree that focuses on vet-tech related courses you should consider our bachelor's degree option. Undergraduate online courses in veterinary biomedical technology are currently an optional component of the MU College of Arts and Science's online bachelor of general studies and the School of Health Professions' online bachelor of health sciences degree programs.

Continuing education credits

Registry of Approved Continuing Education: approved CE credits for veterinary technicians maintaining a license can be achieved simultaneously with college credit.


Our courses will help educate you on the proper care and handling of animals, the basic principles of normal and abnormal life processes routine laboratory and clinical procedures, as well as to understand the basic scientific principles related to veterinary and biomedical sciences, including: pathophysiology, hematology, anatomy, pharmacology, neurology, equine critical care, nursing, animal welfare and ethics.

Courses in the certificate program include:

The chart below shows when courses are traditionally offered. Courses listed below are 1 to 4 credit hours.

Veterinary Biomedical Technology
Fall Spring Summer
BIOMED 1010 Biomedical Career Explorations X    
BIOMED 2110 Biomedical Terminology   X  
BIOMED 2111 Veterinary Medical Terminology     X
BIOMED 2120 Essentials of Animal Handling and Physical Restraint   X  
BIOMED 2230 Animal Sanitation and Disease Prevention X    
BIOMED 3000 Specialty Careers of Veterinary Technicians      
BIOMED 3100 Biomedical Pathophysiology X    
BIOMED 3200 Comparative Hematology   X  
BIOMED 3219 Elements of Comparative Anatomy     X
BIOMED 3300 Animal Welfare and Ethics X X  
BIOMED 3326 Comparative Pharmacology X    
BIOMED 4100 Veterinary Clinical Chemistry X    
BIOMED 4110 Veterinary Cytology X    
BIOMED 4120 Priniciples of Toxicology X X  
BIOMED 4210 Animal Issues in Disasters   X  
BIOMED 4300 Clinical Veterinary Neurology X    
BIOMED 4320 Fundamentals of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care   X  
BIOMED 4333 Veterinary Cell Biology   X X
BIOMED 4400 Veterinary Surgical Nursing X    
BIOMED 4410 Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation   X  
BIOMED 4500 Equine Critical Care and Nursing   X  
BIOMED 4510 Equine Clinical Anatomy: Forelimbs     X
  • The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Course prerequisites:

  • Veterinary technicians need to have graduated from an accredited two- or three-year program in veterinary technology.
  • Undergraduate students who are not veterinary technicians but who have taken designated Mizzou prerequisite courses or their equivalents at an accredited college or university may also enroll in certain courses.

Scholarships available

An academic-based scholarship is available for veterinary technicians, working toward an online MU degree or certificate of achievement in veterinary biomedical technology, who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their veterinary technician class and achieved an ACT score of 27 or higher.

For more information on these scholarship opportunities and how to apply, contact the online program in veterinary biomedical sciences at

How to Apply

If you wish to pursue the 15-hour certificate of achievement, you will enroll as a nondegree-seeking student.

Students interested in taking individual university-level courses (not part of a degree program) must apply to the University to be admitted as a nondegree student. Because the application times out after 20 minutes, please have your records ready including prior or current school information prior to completing the application online.

Application for nondegree undergraduate admission
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Once admitted, Mizzou will contact you with your next steps. Once you've been notified that you have been admitted, you will use myZou to complete your enrollment.


  • If you are applying as a nondegree seeking undergraduate student, a Nonresident Fee is added to tuition for undergraduate courses if you are not a Missouri resident. See the cashier's website for details.
  • Nondegree-seeking students are not admitted to a specific degree program and do not qualify for federal financial aid.
  • You may be required to submit a transcript.

If you have questions, contact:


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Veterinary Medicine is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Council on Education.

Are you a graduate vet tech and have a bachelor's degree?
The veterinary college also offers an online master of science in biomedical sciences (MS) with an emphasis in veterinary medicine and surgery. The new 30-hour graduate program is designed to help veterinarians or, veterinary technologists (bachelor's degree graduates) take their careers to the next level while continuing to work in their respective fields.