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Master of Veterinary Clinical Care

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The LMU Master of Veterinary Clinical Care (MVCC) is the first MS program in the US designed specifically for credentialed technicians to build on the knowledge and skills learned in AVMA CVTEA accredited programs. The curriculum was developed in partnership with veterinary industry leaders as part of the Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC). After completing the MVCC, technicians will have advanced knowledge in patient case management, evidence-based medicine and clinical practice, critical thinking, practice management, clinical skills, and professional skills. The program is an asynchronous, semi-customizable, online graduate program designed to provide veterinary technicians advanced training to support the myriad of industries that use veterinary professionals. The curriculum spans 3 semesters that may be taken at a student’s own pace to achieve the 30 credits required for degree completion.

At this time, the MVCC degree does not lead toward additional licensure qualification. Students are required to be licensed in their field prior to entry and must maintain compliance with state laws after graduation.

 Estimated cost of the program is $650/credit hour for the 2022-2023 academic year.

For more information or questions about the MVCC program, please direct inquiries to [email protected].

Admission Requirements

Applications to the MVCC program open January 1, 2023 and close June 30, 2023 each cycle.

All applicants must be credentialed veterinary technicians (proof of licensure required*), hold a Bachelor of Sciences or Bachelor of Arts with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8**, and complete the online PostbacCAS Application. 


*Applicants who meet all other admissions requirements but work in a state that does not provide veterinary technician licensure can contact [email protected] for program eligibility.

**It is recommended that applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher to be successful in the program.

  •   Required Application Materials

    - Complete the PostbacCAS Application

    - Official Transcripts for ALL Institutions attended

    - Proof of Veterinary Technician Licensure

    - Letters of Recommendation (2)

    - Full CV

    - $50 LMU-CVM Application Fee & $135 CAS Application Fee required (Each payable via PostBacCAS portal)

    - Two (2) Written Essay Responses, <500 words each:

    1. Why do you feel the MVCC program is the next step in your career and what do you hope to contribute to your field after graduation? Please include specific examples from your career and/or education to support your responses. 
    2. What do you see as primary barriers to technician utilization and technician retention in the veterinary profession? How do you feel technicians could bebetter utilized within the current scope of practice?
  •   Required Undergraduate Courses

    Admissions Requirements by Pathway of Entry Required Undergraduate Courses*:

    100+ level Biology                                      6 credits

    100+ level Chemistry                                  6 credits

    100+ level English                                       3 credits

    *GPA for each prerequisite course must be 2.8 (B-) or higher.

  •   Requirements for Graduation

    LMU MVCC Program requirements for graduation are as follows: students must successfully complete the required number of credits (30) for graduation, not be on academic or professional probation, and fulfill all financial requirements to LMU.


The MVCC program is a part-time, asynchronous, online program consisting of 30 credit hours culminating in the MVCC degree. The curriculum includes three consecutive semesters of academic and clinical skills education. Two concentrations are currently offered: Small Animal Medicine and Shelter Medicine.

Frequently Asked Questions

  •   Is the MVCC only for credentialed technicians (LVT, LVMT, RVT, CVT, etc)?

    Yes. The LMU-CVM Master of Veterinary Clinical Care is the first and only master’s degree program in the US designed specifically for credentialed veterinary technicians to build on the knowledge and skills gained in AVMA CVTEA accredited technician programs. The LMU-MVCC program strongly supports the value of credentialed technicians on the veterinary healthcare team and has designed this program to advance their knowledge and skills beyond the current educational levels available.

  •   What will technicians learn in the program?

    The MVCC is a novel educational pathway for credentialed veterinary technicians to develop greater professional knowledge and skills through a semi-customizable curriculum

    ·         Most courses will be team taught by a Veterinary Technician Specialist from one of the 16 NAVTA CVTS approved specialty academies, and an LMU-CVM faculty veterinarian.
    ·         Unique course design allows students to learn advanced principles of veterinary technology and nursing and bridge the knowledge gap between veterinary technician and veterinarian to improve:
    o   Health care team communication
    o   Patient and case management
    o   Care coordination
    ·         Students can select electives to complement their core course work, allowing them to customize the program to meet their professional needs

  •   How will students demonstrate successful completion of skills requirements?

    Any required skills can be demonstrated on models provided by the program.

  •   Do graduates of the MVCC receive a new credential/licensure?

    At this time, the MVCC degree does not lead toward additional licensure qualification. Students are required to be licensed in their field prior to entry and must maintain compliance with state laws after graduation.

  •   What can a master level veterinary technician do that a credentialed veterinary technician cannot?

    At this time, the MVCC degree does not lead toward an advanced scope of practice; students must maintain compliance with state laws after graduation. The MVCC program does however provide advanced training in veterinary technology knowledge and skills beyond the current level of education available for technicians. This education will advance the practice of technicians in their current roles.

  •   Is the MVCC accredited?

    Lincoln Memorial University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctorate degrees. 

    ·         The MVCC is among the programs LMU is authorized to offer as a SACSCOC-accredited institution. The MVCC is not separately accredited by a specialized or programmatic accreditor.

    ·         There are two types of accreditation:
    1.      Institutional accreditation, which is overseen by the US Department of Education. (e.g. SACSCOC is the institutional accreditor for LMU)
    2.      Programmatic accreditation that conducts an in-depth assessment of specialized or professional programs at a college, university, or independent institution. (e.g the AVMA CVTEA accredits veterinary technology programs)

    ·         LMU’s MVCC is the first program of its kind, and there is no programmatic accreditor. Because of this we have put together an MVCC Advisory Board of specialist technicians, veterinary technician leaders, veterinary technician educators, veterinarians, and industry professionals to guide the program and ensure high standards for educational quality and value to the profession.