BS in Veterinary Technology

Degree Program Description

The BS in Veterinary Technology is an online program specifically designed to meet the needs of practicing registered veterinary technicians (RVTs).  Students will earn an advanced degree in their field, enhance their professional knowledge base in multiple aspects of the veterinary sciences, and develop essential communication, leadership and practice management skills.  Graduates will have competencies to function as veterinary team leaders, and transition into other animal health professions such as education, research, regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical and industry careers.

Major Program Requirements

Students enrolling in the BSVT program will transfer between 39-43 veterinary technology specific credits dependent on their AAS program.  They will also have variable general education credits transfer. 

Students earning a BSVT are required to complete all University general education, University graduation and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements. 

Required Courses
VET_TCH 3219Elements of Comparative Anatomy3
VET_TCH 3300Animal Welfare and Ethics3
VET_TCH 3326Veterinary Pharmacology3
VET_TCH 3400Domestic Animal Behavior in Veterinary Practice2
VET_TCH 4110Veterinary Cytology2
Leadership and Communication in Veterinary Technology3
Veterinary Business & Practice Management3
Biomedical Comparative Physiology3
Electives
VET_TCH 1010Biomedical Career Explorations1
VET_TCH 2230Farm Animal Sanitation and Disease Prevention3
VET_TCH 3000Specialty Careers for Veterinary Technicians1
VET_TCH 4120Principles of Toxicology3
VET_TCH 4300Clinical Veterinary Neurology3
VET_TCH 4320Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care3
VET_TCH 4250Human-Animal Bond in Veterinary Practice3
VET_TCH 4333Veterinary Cell Biology4
VET_TCH 4400Veterinary Surgical Nursing3
VET_TCH 4410Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation3
VET_TCH 4420Canine and Feline Nutrition3
VET_TCH 4500Equine Critical Care and Nursing3
Veterinary Hematology & Chemistry3
Veterinary Nursing for Lab Animal & Research3

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary.  First two years of study are not listed, as all students will be transfer students and will have credits transferring into the program.   

Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
VET_TCH 34002VET_TCH 30012
VET_TCH 33263VET_TCH 32193
BSVT Elective5VET_TCH 33003
Gen Ed Requirement5BSVT Elective3
 Gen Ed Requirement4
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
VET_TCH 41002VET_TCH 4001Business3
VET_TCH 4001Physiology3VET_TCH 4001Leadership3
BSVT Elective4BSVT Elective4
Gen Ed Requirement6Gen Ed Requirement5
 15 15
Total Credits: 60

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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