ONLINE PROGRAMS for Graduate Veterinary Technicians in Veterinary Biomedical Technology

  • Bachelor’s Degrees
  • Certificate Program
  • Preparation to Become a VTS
  • Continuing Education Credits

 Graduate veterinary technicians have a new online option for continuing their education and earning university credit at the same time: online courses and an undergraduate certificate in veterinary biomedical technology from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine.

NOTE:  This certificate and degrees are to advance the knowledge of graduate veterinary technicians.  They are not intended to be initial training to become a registered or certified veterinary technician.

Online BIOMED Courses

  • Achievable: Mizzou wants to help you continue your education even as you enhance the profession with your work in the field.  Finishing these veterinary biomedical technology (BIOMED) courses will help you on the job now and can position you for earning a bachelor’s degree later if you choose.
  • Convenient and flexible: The courses are 100 percent online, allowing you to study on your schedule while maintaining your full-time career.
  • Relevant: The courses cover current practices and methodologies.  You will study concepts that you can put into practice right away.
  • User friendly: Vet techs are assigned a MU vet tech mentor who will meet with you online or by phone to help you with time management, priorities, and other aspects in becoming a successful online student.

Possible Goals

      • Enhanced professional knowledge base
        Take courses to become more knowledgeable and proficient in your current job.
      • Preparation to become a Veterinary Technician Specialist
        Courses are available that can potentially aid the acquisition of needed knowledge and skills to qualify to become a VTS while receiving college credits and professional CE credits.
      • Certificate in VBT
        A certificate of achievement can be earned by satisfactorily completing at least 15 cr hr of BIOMED courses with a BIOMED grade point average of at least 3.0, with no less than a C- in any BIOMED course on the first attempt.
      • Degree Paths
        As a licensed veterinary technician and a graduate of an accredited two-year program, you may want to continue your studies to the point of earning your baccalaureate degree.  A baccalaureate degree is a requirement, or common expectation, if you plan to pursue a career in education, government, research, hospital management, or the animal health industry.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, bachelor degree graduates have a 30 percent greater average lifetime earnings than associate degree graduates.  These BIOMED courses can be used as part of your course of study in Mizzou’s online bachelor of general studies program or bachelor of health sciences.  More information about the online BGS or BHS is available at

Bachelor of Health Science

BIOMED courses can be used as an elective component for a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree which is available online.

Click here to learn more about the online BHS degree.

Click here to contact a BHS advisor:  Elizabeth Q. Ball – –  (573) 884-8091  or Sarah E. Anthony –  –  (573) 882-3811

Bachelor of General Studies

BIOMED courses can currently be used as one of the three required components for a Bachelor of General Studies degree which is available online.

Click here to learn more about the online BGS degree.

Click here to contact a BGS advisor:

NEXT COURSES will begin June 5, 2017:   Summer 2017 Courses  ;  Fall courses begin August 21, 2017:  Fall 2017 Courses

Full Listing of:   BIOMED Courses

 Statements about courses concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions, and other matters are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change without notice.  They are not to be regarded as offers to contract.

CE Credits

University of Missouri is approved by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) as a provider (#611) of continued education for veterinary technicians.  This approval extends to individual BIOMED courses and we abide by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) standards.  BIOMED courses are either RACE-approved or will be submitted for consideration.  To verify the current RACE-approval status for an individual course, please contact the BIOMED Director (573-882-9594).  Be advised that states and provinces retain their right to refuse, partially or in full, any program that RACE approves.

Academic Rigor

Online BIOMED course rigor is equivalent to that of traditional room-bound classes.  It is estimated that online and study time for a 3-credit-hour on-line course taken over a semester will require 6 to 9 clock hours per week.  Exams are proctored.  This requires taking an exam at a local library, educational campus, or other approved location while being monitored by an approved proctor.  All BIOMED courses are approved by MU Quality Matters criteria for online courses or in the process of MU Quality Matters evaluation.

Course Suitability

Students should consult with their academic advisor on the suitability of online elective courses relative to their undergraduate degree requirements.  Although online BIOMED courses are accepted toward a portion of the requirements to apply to the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, they may not be acceptable courses in the requirements to gain an undergraduate degree.

Tuition and Fees

Student fees are comparable to, or less than, most other public AAU research institutions with an international reputation.  Online courses can reduce total educational costs by reducing travel costs and travel time lost, providing greater flexibility with job schedules, and avoiding the need for relocation.  For current student fees, visit:

Financial Aid

        • Student Loans
          Online students who have been accepted into a degree program may qualify for Federal Student Aid.  For information on other requirements and an application, contact:
        • BIOMED Academic Scholarship for Veterinary Technicians
          An academic-based scholarship is available for veterinary technicians who have graduated in the top 10% of their veterinary technician class and achieved an ACT score of 27, or higher.  Recipients must also be working toward an online MU degree or Certificate in Veterinary Biomedical Technology.  For more information and an application, contact
        • Missouri Community College Tuition Award
          Missouri residents who are graduates of Missouri, public, regionally accredited Community Colleges may be awarded a scholarship. It is 10% percent tuition award that reduces base tuition only. Attached is a link for more information:
        • Mizzou Online Military Tuition Award
          This award is available to veterans, active duty, National Guard, reserves, AND spouses and dependents. See:

Frequently Asked Questions


Q – Can I transfer my vet tech courses to MU toward a bachelors degree program?

A – Yes, if you attended a regionally accredited college, some courses can usually be transferred.  NOTE: Not all AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs are regionally accredited.  Courses will not transfer toward a bachelor’s degree program if AVMA-accredited but not regionally accredited. Information on Transfer credit.


Q – Do I have to schedule specific days or time of day to take online courses?

A – Courses are offered in the same periods as on-campus courses.  VBT online work can be done 24 hours a day as best meets your schedule.  Course work is usually segmented into weekly sessions.


Q – How can I find out more about taking MU online classes?

A – Guidance for all BIOMED courses and programs is provided at


To Register for Courses – Department Approval to Register for Online Courses

Department permission is required to register for courses.