What Are the Required Courses of an Online Veterinary Degree?

Online veterinary degrees are not currently available. Some schools offer pre-veterinary and vet technician degrees online. However, as online learning becomes more prevalent, schools might make some transition to online instruction. Even then, an online veterinary degree will not be offered wholly online due to the clinical and lab components that must be completed in person. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Online Veterinary Degree

Some schools are starting to offer continuing education courses for veterinarians online. Thus far, however, colleges do not offer veterinary degrees online. In the future, colleges may start offering some courses online; however, it is unlikely that veterinary degrees will be offered totally online. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, students enrolled in a veterinary degree need to take labs and complete clinical experiences, which must be done in person on-campus or through a practical learning experience. If online veterinary degrees do become available, it's likely they will be available through a distance learning set-up, where some courses are available online (lectures) and other (labs) are completed on-campus in sessions that take a few days or a few weeks. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), www.avma.org, some two-year veterinary programs are already offered online as distance learning programs.

Important Facts About Veterinary Education

Specializations Toxicology, dentistry, behavior, pathology
Continuing Education All states require CE courses; some hours may be completed online
Prerequisites Bachelor's degree with coursework in science preferred
Degree Fields Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Median Salary (2018)$93,830 (Veterinarians)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)19% (Veterinarians)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Courses for a Veterinary Degree

The AVMA has approved 30 different U.S. schools' Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs. These programs take four years and include studies in basic healthy animal science and structure, animal diseases, diagnosing and treating animals and hands-on laboratories and clinicals. Some DVM courses, which could eventually be offered online and which in some cases are already offered online through continuing education programs, include:

  • Equine Medicine
  • Holistic Veterinary Treatment
  • Opthalmology
  • Emergency treatment

Possible Clinical Courses

Many veterinary programs use live animals for clinical courses. This provides realistic, hands-on experience. However, where they're available, digital representations or computer simulations are used to encourage humane animal treatment. Labs and clinical experiences that are completed on-campus, or could be completed online in a computer simulation format, include those in anatomy, surgical procedures, cell biology and routine examination processes.

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