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Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 15
  • Estimated program cost: $8,441.25*

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How a graduate certificate in veterinary science can help you

The online graduate certificate in veterinary technology, the first of its kind, is well suited for veterinary professionals with the desire to master new skills in the field. All courses provide relevant, up-to-date information and contact with experts in their respective areas of veterinary medicine. Graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine go on to be leaders in their industry.

Important It is not the intent of this program to prepare students for application to a DVM program. Qualified applicants must be baccalaureate-holding veterinary technicians or graduate veterinarians whose careers could be advanced through completing applicable courses delivered online.

Graduate outcomes include

  • Learn to teach or communicate information to others in the profession;
  • Understand how to provide better patient and client services;
  • Obtain new and expanded opportunities within the profession.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Burning Glass Technologies. 2019. Salary numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Veterinarian, Health Educator / Coach, Veterinary Technician / Technologist, Animal Control Officer, Physician, College Professor / Instructor.

Potential careers

  • Veterinary technician educator
  • Diagnostic or testing laboratory technician
  • Regional peer or client educator
  • Veterinary technician supervisor

Program structure and topics

The online graduate certificate in veterinary science is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required. All courses are asynchronous; you can earn this certificate on your own time.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester session and finish the program in one year.

Course work

In this graduate certificate program, students have the opportunity to tailor course work to their interests and applicability to their veterinary career. Course options include:

  • Emergency and critical care
  • Veterinary pain management
  • Cytology
  • Toxicology

Meet our faculty

Tina Wolfe, DVM, MS, DACVS

Adjunct Associate Professor in Veterinary Pathobiology

Dr. Wolfe teaches Principles of Pain Management and Small Animal Wound Management and Reconstructive Surgery. Her research received the Pfizer award for its contribution to the understanding of pain and its management in animals. She has special interest in the areas of wound management and reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, developmental and inflammatory orthopedic diseases, pain management and critical care.

Tim Evans, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT, DABVT

Associate Professor in Veterinary Toxicology

Dr. Evans’ doctoral research involved various aspects of the bioavailability and toxicokinetics of environmental contaminants, such as lead and cadmium, in porcine and cellular models. His clinical research projects investigate the effects of mycotoxins on animal reproduction and the pathogenesis of reproductive disease in domestic animals. Dr. Evans’ current comparative research focus is the development of porcine models to study the adverse effects of toxicants on the male reproductive tract.

This program is administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine.