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Veterinary Biomedical Technology

Online courses for graduate veterinary technicians to further their education and earn university academic credit applicable to a baccalaureate degree. Some online course in biomedical technology are open to other undergraduates as electives in their degree path.

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Veterinary Biomedical Technology at MU

Courses in Veterinary Biomedical Technology are identified by the course designator BIOMED before the course number.

Biomedical Science is applied biology as it relates to health and disease of animals and humans.

Video tour of Specialty Careers for Veterinary Technicians


BIOMED Online Courses
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BIOMED 1010: Biomedical Career Explorations
An introductory course for students interested in a career or different career in biomedical sciences. (1 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 2110: Biomedical Terminology
Terms commonly used in the life sciences. (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 3000: Specialty Careers for Veterinary Technicians
Potential clinical and non-clinical specialty careers for graduate veterinary technicians. (1 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 3100: Biomedical Pathophysiology
An introduction to how diseases affect body functions. (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 3200: Comparative Hematology
An introduction to the components, functions, and diseases of blood and blood-forming organs.  (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 3219: Elements of Comparative Anatomy
Comparative anatomy of various species in veterinary technology.  (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 3300: Animal Welfare and Ethics
Current issues in the care of animals and related ethical considerations. example syllabus

BIOMED 3320: Comparative Microscopic Anatomy
An introduction to the microstructure of tissues and organs.  (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 3326: Comparative Pharmacology
General principles of pharmacodynamics in domesticated animals.  (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 4300: Clinical Veterinary Neurology
Evaluation of and care for neurologic patients.  (3 cr hr) example syllabus

BIOMED 4500: Equine Critical Care & Nursing
Specialty medical care for horses.  (3 cr hr) example syllabus


Certificate in VBT

A certificate of achievement can be earned by satisfactorily completing at least 15 cr hr of BIOMED courses with a BIOMED grade point average of at least 3.0, with no less than a C– in any BIOMED course on the first attempt.

Degree Paths

Bachelor of General Studies
BIOMED courses can currently be used as one of the three required components for a Bachelor of General Studies degree which is available online. Click here to learn more about the online BGS degree.

Click here to contact a BGS advisor:

Bachelor of Health Sciences
BIOMED courses can be used as an elective component for a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree which is available online.

Click here to contact a BHS advisor:

Click here to learn more about the online BHS degree:


To Enroll, Contact

Mizzou Online
136 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Ph: 573-882-2491 or 1-800-609-3727

NOTE: Statements about courses concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions, and other matters are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change without notice. They are not to be regarded as offers to contract.


RACE-Approved CE Credits

The University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine - BIOMED is a American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB)-approved provider of continued education for veterinary technicians. Its provider number is 611. The MU-CVM-BIOMED applies for individual courses and has agreed to abide by the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) standards. RACE is a national clearinghouse for the approval of continuing education programs for veterinary technicians.

RACE-approved continuing education is recognized by most AAVSB member boards. However, veterinary technicians should verify recognition with their own boards and be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of continuing education credits in certain categories and/or restrictions on online education.

All currently offered courses are RACE-approved for veterinary technician CE credits and upcoming courses will be submitted in advance of their offerings for RACE approval consideration.


Financial Aid

Student Loans
Online students who have been accepted into a degree program may qualify for Federal Student Aid.  For information on other requirements and an application, contact

BIOMED Academic Scholarship for Veterinary Technicians
An academic-based scholarship is available for veterinary technicians who have graduated in the top 10% of their veterinary technician class and achieved an ACT score of 27, or higher.  Recipients must also be working toward an online MU degree or Certificate in Veterinary Biomedical Technology.  For more information and an application, contact Dr. C.B. Chastain:

BIOMED Non-Resident Scholarship
Scholarships are available for non-Missouri resident students.  If you plan to take a BIOMED course and are a resident of a state other than Missouri, contact Dr. Chastain - - for information on non-resident scholarships and the application form.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q - Can I transfer my vet tech courses to MU toward a bachelors degree program?
A - Yes, if you attended an accredited college, some courses can usually be transferred. To determine what will transfer, contact:
Or Call: 1-800-225-6075

Q - Do I have to schedule specific days or time of day to take online courses?
A - Courses are offered in the same periods as on-campus courses. VBT online work can be done 24 hours a day as best meets your schedule.

Q - How can I find out more about taking MU online classes?
A - The VBT courses are offered through Mizzou Online. To learn more about MU Direct and how to take courses, contact:


Selected Instructor Biographies

C.B. Chastain, DVM, Professor in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, is a certified small animal internist, and Director of Undergraduate Biomedical Science Education.

Craig Datz, DVM, adjunct Associate Teaching Professor in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, is a certified specialist in canine and feline practice, and veterinary nutrition.

Dave Cross, PhD, DVM, Assistant Teaching Professor in Biomedical Sciences, teaches VM-1 gross anatomy and a doctorate degree in equine reproduction.

Linda Berent, DVM, PhD, Associate Clinical Professor in Veterinary Pathobiology and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, is a certified veterinary pathologist.

Joanne Kramer, DVM, Associate Teaching Professor in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, is a certified specialist in equine surgery.

Leona J. Rubin, PhD, Associate Professor in Biomedical Sciences, teaches microanatomy and cell biology.

Cynthia Richmond, R Ph, adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor in Biomedical Sciences, is a practicing pharmacist and a veterinary technician. 

Debra Teachout, DVM, adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor in Biomedical Sciences is a practicing veterinarian and nationally recognized instructor in animal welfare.

Stephanie Gilliam, RVT, BAS is the senior veterinary technician in neurology and animal physical rehabilitation and is certified in canine physical rehabilitation.


Medical Training at MU

The University of Missouri at Columbia is home to the greatest concentration of medical professional schools and colleges in Missouri. Located on the Columbia campus are the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, and Medicine; the UMKC Pharmacy Satellite Program, and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

College of Veterinary Medicine
W-203 Veterinary Medicine Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-3554
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Last Update: February 29, 2012