Veterinary Management Training and Education Programs

Degree options in veterinary management may be targeted to veterinary professionals who want to enhance their business skills or to those who plan to advance to vet school. Get info on both of these program types, including coursework and options for online study, and how training in veterinary management can be valuable for various careers in the veterinary field. Schools offering Veterinary Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is a Veterinary Management Program?

Operating a veterinary office consists not only of treating animals, but also dealing with various aspects related to running a business. Veterinary management programs can teach you to effectively handle the business side of a vet's office and, in some cases, prepare you for graduate study in vet medicine.

The type of veterinary management program you choose likely will be determined by your overall career goals. For example, if you want to go on to become a veterinarian, you might choose a 4-year bachelor's program in veterinary management. These programs typically include business classes, as well as the science courses required for admission to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program.

Other schools offer 2-year bachelor's completion programs that you can enroll in only after you've obtained an associate's degree in a veterinary-related field, such as veterinary technology. These programs tend to focus on business principles, accounting and management, and some are specifically tailored to individuals already working in veterinary offices.

Degree OptionsFour year full program, two year degree completion program
Common CoursesChemistry, anatomy, agricultural finances, accounting
Program FormatOn campus or online
Job Growth19% for veterinary technicians and technologists for 2014-2024

Source: BLS.gov

What Courses Will I Take?

Classes in veterinary management programs range from basic science courses to highly specialized business classes. If you are enrolled in a 4-year program, you likely will be required to take classes in chemistry, biology, anatomy, biochemistry and veterinary medicine.

Whether you're in a 2- or 4-year program, you'll generally take basic and specialized business and law courses. This may include classes in accounting, business law, communications, veterinary office management and agricultural finances. In addition to completing class requirements, you may have to take part in an internship at a veterinary hospital, local farm or animal research facility.

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

If you're already working in a vet's office or have other daily obligations, you may choose to earn your veterinary management degree online. Depending on the school, these programs can take from 2-5 years to complete. Like some on-campus programs, some online offerings are specifically designed for individuals who are already working in veterinarians' offices. Programs that don't require that you work in a vet's office may mandate that you complete an internship.

What Can I Do With My Degree?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of veterinary technicians and technologists was expected to rise 19% from 2014 to 2024 (www.bls.gov). Having a bachelor's degree from a veterinary management program will allow you to perform the regular duties of a veterinary technician and work as an office manager. Graduates of these programs may be able to find employment in veterinary hospitals, individual veterinary offices and research laboratories.

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