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 3100Biomedical Pathophysiology3
VET_TCH 3450General Veterinary Anesthesia2
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
VET_TCH 4600WLeadership and Communication for Veterinary Technicians - Writing Intensive3
VET_TCH 4670Veterinary Business and Practice Management Skills3
VET_TCH 1010Biomedical Career Explorations1
VET_TCH 2085Problems in Veterinary Biomedical Research1
VET_TCH 2230Farm Animal Sanitation and Disease Prevention3
VET_TCH 3000Specialty Careers for Veterinary Technicians1
VET_TCH 3110Small Animal Dentistry3
VET_TCH 3250Veterinary Clinical Parasitology3
VET_TCH 3455Veterinary Nursing for Lab Animals and Research3
VET_TCH 4105Veterinary Hematology and Clinical Chemistry3
VET_TCH 4120Principles of Toxicology3
VET_TCH 4250Human-Animal Bond in Veterinary Practice3
VET_TCH 4300Clinical Veterinary Neurology3
VET_TCH 4320Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care3
VET_TCH 4333Veterinary Cell Biology4
VET_TCH 4400Veterinary Surgical Nursing3
VET_TCH 4410Small Animal Physical Rehabilitation3
VET_TCH 4420Canine and Feline Nutrition3
VET_TCH 4451Small Animal Anesthesia1
VET_TCH 4500Equine Critical Care and Nursing3
Large Animal Anesthesia1

Courses required are currently in development and may change.  

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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
VET_TCH 31003VET_TCH 32193
VET_TCH 33263VET_TCH 33003
VET_TCH 34002BSVT Elective3
BSVT Elective3Gen Ed Requirement6
Gen Ed Requirement3 
 14 15
Fourth Year
VET_TCH 34502VET_TCH 4600W3
VET_TCH 41102VET_TCH 4001Business3
BSVT Elective6BSVT Elective4
Gen Ed Requirement4Gen Ed Requirement5
 14 15
Total Credits: 58

Program is underdevelopment.  Coursework suggested or required may change. 

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via 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

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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