Certificate in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

100% online certificate program

This certificate in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care provides valuable knowledge and skills for those working in the area of small animal emergency and critical care. Courses will include the following topics: managing patients with rapidly deteriorating medical and surgical illnesses, major trauma, and life-threatening disease; reviewing general principles of toxicology, and the toxic responses of specific target organs/systems.


The online, stand-alone, noncredit certificate in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care takes eight months to complete. Our noncredit certificate program is a great opportunity for Veterinary Technicians with their AA or BS degree and Veterinarians to gain advanced skills in emergency and critical care for small animals. Individuals will receive nine veterinary continuing education units (CEU) upon certificate program completion.

Current degree-seeking Mizzou students are not eligible for the noncredit certificate. Current Mizzou students should speak to their academic advisor about for-credit options.

The noncredit certificate is convertible to academic credit to get on a pathway towards Mizzou’s Undergraduate Certificate in Veterinary Sciences or BS degree in Veterinary Technology. Read the noncredit to for-credit conversion process for more information.

Course details

All noncredit certificate seekers must complete two courses. Courses may be taken in any order.

Offered each fall

Financial aid options

There are three discounts available for these courses, please contact us for eligibility and discount codes.

  • 10% discount for military personnel, veterans, and their families (qualified dependents)
  • 10% discount for graduates of Missouri's public, regionally accredited community colleges who are Missouri residents
  • 10% for Mizzou Alumni Association members

The noncredit pathway is eligible for the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant through the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. For more information on eligibility and grant requirements for this certificate program, please visit the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant page.

University of Missouri Employee Discount

This noncredit certificate program is eligible for a 75-percent discount in course fees for UM benefit-eligible employees (administrative, service and support staff or academic employee). You are not eligible if you are a student or employee in a position considered to be student employment (including, but not limited to, graduate teaching assistants, graduate research assistants, graduate instructors, and student assistants). Please contact us for more information.

How to enroll

Students pursuing the noncredit certificate can enroll directly on the courses above.

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Contact MU's Career Accelerator for more information about the Certificate in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

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