If you’d love to combine your passion for animals with a rewarding business management career that can increase your earning potential, then our highly unique online bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Practice Management can prepare you for career advancement in as few at 18 months. This in-demand field is predicted to grow between 18 – 20% through 2028 by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Our fully online program is designed for working professionals with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology or an equivalent degree in Animal Science who would like to elevate their career and earning potential as a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. The program starts twice a year, during our spring and fall academic terms, and its online format allows you the flexibility to study during your free time.
Veterinary practice managers are responsible for the daily operations of veterinary hospitals and animal care facilities. The program is designed to prepare you for managerial positions in a variety of animal-related businesses, including hospitals, kennels, rescue organizations, government agencies, diagnostic labs, research facilities, retail stores, stables, farms, zoos and even pharmaceutical companies. Areas of responsibility can encompass administration, operational plans, staffing, hospital supplies, inventory for medications, ordering equipment, accounting, banking, computers, safety, compliance and practice performance evaluations.
The curriculum emphasizes the business and economic aspects of managing animal clinics and facilities. It expands on previous courses in animal science and technology, while helping you to develop expertise in:
- customer service
- human resources
- inventory management
- legal and ethical issues in animal management
- management accounting
- social media
- veterinary software
Through a required 10-week field work experience at a business which aligns with your career goals, you’ll build your knowledge, skills, professional network and your résumé.
You’ll be taught by faculty who are experienced veterinarians and certified practice managers with an emphasis on real time applications of knowledge and training with current software. Because of our small cohort size, our faculty will get to know you and your career aspirations and can often help you network for internship and career opportunities.
You’ll also benefit from courses in the arts and sciences, which will provide you with the critical thinking, analytical and communications skills necessary for long-term career advancement and lifelong learning.
Upon graduation you will have earned credit towards the required three years of on-the-job experience and all of the 18 college course credits needed to be eligible to sit for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) exam. You’ll also be qualified to pursue professional fields and positions including:
- Animal clinic manager/administrator
- Animal shelter/rescue management manager/administrator
- Boarding and kenneling manager
- Corporate veterinary administrator
- Laboratory/animal research facility manager/administrator
- Veterinary hospital manager/administrator
- Veterinary pharmaceutical administrator/sales manager
- Veterinary practice manager/administrator
- Wildlife rehabilitation
- Wildlife/Zoo(logical) manager/administrator
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Practice Management (VPM) is designed to provide the final six quarters (18 months) of a 2+2 articulation program in which the first step requires completion of the Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology (VET) from an accredited program or an equivalent degree in animal science. This online program is an ideal option for students who wish to earn their bachelor’s degree and are interested in business management. Graduates with the Veterinary Practice Management degree will have earned the required credits to sit for the national veterinary practice management certification examination.
Veterinary managers are responsible for the daily operations of veterinary hospitals and animal care facilities. The VPM program prepares students for managerial positions in a variety of animal-related businesses, including hospitals, kennels, rescue organizations, government agencies, diagnostic labs, research facilities, retail stores, stables, farms, zoos and pharmaceutical companies. The bachelor’s degree curriculum emphasizes the business and economic aspects of managing animal clinics and facilities. It will expand on previous courses in animal science and technology, while developing expertise in accounting, inventory management, veterinary software, human resources, customer service, marketing, social media, legal and ethical issues in animal management. The program emphasizes a blend of technical, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Students will obtain real work experience through completion of a 10-week practicum at an approved animal hospital or facility.
Students enrolled in the Veterinary Practice Management BS program will have the flexibility of online courses that allow for continued employment while earning the degree. The program will provide students from across the country access to the training needed to increase their earning power. Courses will be taught by experienced veterinarians and certified managers with an emphasis on real time applications of knowledge and training with current software. The bachelor’s degree curriculum builds on the education that the associate degree program provides, preparing students for advancement in responsibilities and a career in management.
Bachelor of Science Degree
Mission: The mission of the Veterinary Practice Management (VPM) program is to prepare students to become professional office managers of veterinary practices and animal care facilities by providing the curriculum required to be eligible for the Veterinary Hospital Managers Associations Certified Veterinary Practice Managers Examination. The online program will integrate coursework, theory, current training and a practical internship to emphasize the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a manager.
Provide opportunities for the following:
- Apply the knowledge and skills obtained from the associate degree in Veterinary Technology or animal science, including husbandry, terminology, diseases, anatomy and physiology, treatment, and pharmacology.
- Understand and apply current customer service and human resource techniques.
- Develop working knowledge of the legal and ethical issues faced in the animal industry and veterinary practices to include questions of euthanasia, liability, and current laws governing veterinary medicine.
- Provide learning opportunities for students to acquire and practice the management knowledge and skills needed to function as professionals in a variety of animal-related businesses.
- Understand the human and animal bond and appreciate the role of animals in modern society, as livestock, working animals, companions and in research.
- Provide students the opportunity to apply technical, interpersonal, and analytical knowledge and skills and prepare for entry into the animal industry through a practicum experience.
- Prepare students for the use of current software and technical programs utilized in the veterinary field.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
Demonstrate advanced knowledge of animal medicine and care.
Demonstrate the ability to supervise employees.
Demonstrate proficiency in advanced customer service techniques.
Define legal and ethical issues in veterinary practices and determine the most appropriate way to address the situations as they arise.
Apply knowledge of human resource information.
Exhibit a readiness to enter the field as a veterinary practice manager of an animal-related business by demonstrating management skills and veterinary knowledge as evidenced through practicum performance.
Demonstrate the ability to remain current on laws and regulations specific to veterinary practices or animal-related businesses.
Apply pharmaceutical knowledge to oversee the safe management of medications and supplies housed in veterinary practices.
Exhibit appropriate compassion and understanding for clients of veterinary practices and animal owners or guardians.
Understand the multiple and dynamic roles of animals in our society as livestock, companions, working animals and in research.
Bachelor of Science Degree
- VPM 370 Laws and Ethics in Veterinary Practice Administration and Management
- VPM 380 Veterinary Practice Administration I
- VPM 390 Veterinary Practice Administration II
- VPM 394 Public Health
- VPM 400 Animal Care Facilities Management
- VPM 405 VPM Internet Marketing and Branding
- VPM 412 VPM Cornerstone Practicum Orientation
- VPM 414 Major Project/Final Presentation
- VPM 416 Computer Software for VPM
- VPM 420 VPM Cornerstone Practicum (with Weekly Journal)
- MGM 313 Human Resource Management
- MGM 315 Accounting and Financial Reporting
- MGM 336 Data Analysis with Spreadsheets
- MGM 337 Information and Communications Technology