Missouri offers online master's degree for veterinarians, technicians


Biomedical sciences program designed for working professionals.

The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine has launched a new online master of science degree in biomedical sciences, with an emphasis in veterinary medicine and surgery, this month.

The 30-hour program is designed for working veterinarians, as well as veterinary technicians and biological sciences baccalaureate degree graduates, who can’t commit to Mizzou’s traditional academic program. The online biomedical sciences master’s focuses on the scientific principles of veterinary medicine and surgery, including the physiology, pathology, toxicology, pathobiology, cytology, clinical chemistry and cell biology of animals, and can be a stepping stone to further scientific research, residency completion or doctoral programs.

“Our goal is to help students better understand the intersection of veterinary and biomedical sciences as a whole, so they can combine their technical knowledge and real-world experience to become more effective in their professions,” says C.B. Chastain, DVM, professor in veterinary medicine and surgery, MU Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences.

The online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in Mizzou’s residential classes.

“Our specialty is educating veterinarians and professionals, and this online option gives more students the chance to study with our faculty,” Chastain says.

Graduate students enrolled in the online program pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. For more information about the program, including admission requirements and a detailed course planner, go to online.missouri.edu or contact biomed@missouri.edu.

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