Further your education in veterinary science

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Quick facts

  • Program type: Undergraduate certificate
  • Academic home: College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 16
  • Estimated program cost: $7,661.60*

*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 an online veterinary science undergraduate certificate can help you

The undergraduate certificate in veterinary science program has been developed to better prepare pre-veterinary medical students for success as a professional student in veterinary medicine and for a future career in veterinary medicine.

Important The goals of the undergraduate certificate in veterinary science are to enhance the knowledge of pre-veterinary medical students in preparation for application to a professional DVM program and to enrich the knowledge of veterinary technicians who have previously graduated with an associate degree in veterinary technology. The certificate in veterinary science is not a professional program in veterinary medicine and does not supplant professional training in veterinary medicine nor veterinary technology.

Program structure and topics

The online undergraduate certificate in veterinary science is 100 percent online: no campus visits required. Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes per semester and finish in one year.

The curriculum for this program is specialized to prepare students for application to a college of veterinary medicine. It provides information that many students may not have the opportunity to learn elsewhere, and is taught by veterinary professionals.

Course work covers

  • Biomedical terminology
  • Veterinary terminology
  • Animal handling
  • Sanitation
  • Animal welfare

Meet our faculty

David Cross, DVM, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Dr. Cross graduated from the MU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000 and has been part of the College of Veterinary Medicine since 2001. He coordinates and teaches anatomy courses for first-year veterinary students. His graduate training was in equine reproductive physiology and his PhD research involved developing ways to predict birth in mares via radiotelemetry. Dr. Cross was in private large animal practice in Michigan in addition to having his own equine practice in West Michigan.

Joanne Kramer, DVM, DACVS

Associate Teaching Professor, Equine – Surgery

A graduate of the University of Minnesota (DVM) and the University of St. Catherine (BA), Dr. Kramer completed specialty training at the University of Missouri. She joined the MU faculty in 1997. Her research interests are in veterinary education, lameness and podiatry. Her clinical interests include equine surgery, podiatry and student education. Dr. Kramer received the Harrison/Kaplan Award for Online Undergraduate Teaching. She is currently the assistant dean for clinical training.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the College of Veterinary Medicine.