Veterinary Practice Management Certificate

There is a need for educated managers in the veterinary profession.  Veterinarians want to practice their medical skills, leaving the small business and management tasks to someone they can trust. This certificate program prepares a student to work as a Veterinary Practice Manager, Office Manager, Hospital Manager or Head Technician within the veterinary office.   As well as business, management and accounting courses, the program offers veterinary medical terminology and law.

Graduates of the Veterinary Technology program or students who are currently in the program may take these courses to add to their training.  Working technicians or individuals who are employed in an office setting can improve their potential with this certificate.

The program prepares the student for certification through the Veterinary Hospital Manager’s Association (VHMA).

To become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), one has to have been active as a practice manager for 3 of the last 7 years, have a minimum of 18 credits of management related courses, and complete 48 hours of continuing education to be able to sit for the practice manager’s exam.


Admissions Criteria

  1. Complete an application to the program.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  3. Place into college level Math, Reading and Writing or demonstrate equivalent competencies through a college transcript or SAT scores.
  4. Show documented work experience (ex: a letter from the applicant’s supervisor or pay stubs) of at least 2 years in one of the following: veterinary clinic, animal care business, or medical or business office, or acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. Graduation or enrollment in another AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program will fulfill this requirement.

Technical Standards

The successful Veterinary Manager will be emotionally and psychologically stable.   As well, graduates will be expected to establish priorities, be detail oriented, function effectively in emergency situations, and communicate in a professional manner 

Transfer Credit Policy
In addition to Great Bay Community College transfer credit policies, transfer of courses in Veterinary Practice Management more than ten years old will be evaluated by the program coordinator on an individual basis.


Certificate Program

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ACCT113G Accounting and Financial Reporting I 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS114G Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS224G Human Resource Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MKTG101G Introduction to Marketing 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
VETN110G Introduction to Veterinary Technology 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
VETN112G Computer Applications in Veterinary Medicine 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
VETN225G Veterinary Practice Law 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Choose one of the following:
ACCT123G Accounting and Financial Reporting II 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS116G Organizational Behavior 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS205G Small Business Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
ECON234G Macroeconomics 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MKTG210G Advertising 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits

Total Overall Credits : 20

Still not sure?

Contact one of the Program Faculty or an Admissions Representative to learn more about the program.

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