Veterinary Online Programs

In addition to the four-year professional curriculum leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, the MU College of Veterinary Medicine offers online (BIOMED) undergraduate and graduate courses.  Courses can serve as:

  • electives for other degree programs in the biomedical sciences, such as biology, biochemistry, and pharmacy, among others.
  • the means to achieve an Undergraduate Certificate in Biomedical Sciences or Certificate in Veterinary Sciences.
  • the basis for receiving a Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Sciences.
  • a component of the requirements for online Bachelors in Health Sciences or General Studies.
  • electives in meeting the requirements to apply to a college of veterinary medicine.
  • the path to earning a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with an Emphasis in Veterinary Sciences.

Online undergraduate BIOMED courses have been offered since 2009.  Online graduate courses and an online Master’s degree program began in 2014.

NOTICE: The goals of Veterinary Online Programs 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.  However, none of these programs are a professional program in veterinary medicine and do NOT supplant professional (DVM) training in veterinary medicine nor veterinary technology.   Courses may fulfill some of the requirements to apply to a college of veterinary medicine, but a DVM program is NOT online and taking any courses from Veterinary Online Programs, or anywhere else, does not assure an applicant acceptance into a DVM program.

Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology

If you currently hold an associate degree from an AVMA approved technician training program and have passed the VTNE, you can apply for the new online BS completion program in veterinary technology.

For questions about that program, please contact Dr. Cindy Cravens, Director:


Currently, there are 20 veterinary medical instructors, all faculty at MU, teaching 25 online undergraduate courses and 16 online graduate courses.  The student body is world-wide, including throughout the contiguous U.S. Hawaii, the Marshall Islands, Afghanistan, and China.

All courses are asynchronous which permit student to arrange their study time when it best fits around their personal academic, family, and work schedules.


Students must first be enrolled as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student with the University of Missouri:

Degree-seeking  Non-degree seeking

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate or Master’s degree programs must be a graduate of an American Veterinary Medical Association-(AVMA)-accredited program in veterinary technology with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology or allied biological sciences or an AVMA-accredited college of veterinary medicine.


After enrolling as a student with the University of Missouri, you will be given instructions on how to register for courses.  All BIOMED courses require department permission numbers.  Application for permission numbers can be obtained by filling out and submitting a request:  Permission numbers for online BIOMED Courses

NOTE About Changes:   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.

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 online.   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.