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 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 Practice Manager’s Association (VPMA). 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.


Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
ACCT113 Accounting and Financial Reporting I 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS114 Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
BUS224 Human Resource Management 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MKTG125 Principles of Marketing 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
VETN110 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
VETN112 Computer Applications in Veterinary Medicine 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
VETN225 Veterinary Practice Law 2 0 2
Classroom 2, Lab 0, Total 2
Total Credits 18

Still not sure?

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