Master of Veterinary Clinical Care

The Master of Veterinary Clinical Care (MVCC) program is for credentialed veterinary technicians who desire to have advanced knowledge in patient case management, evidence-based medicine and clinical practice, critical thinking, practice management, clinical skills, and professional skills.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Policies will follow existing LMU policies for undergraduate and/or master's degree programs, with any differences for this degree program noted in this catalog. Each applicant is evaluated holistically by considering each required element of the application package.

MVCC Program Eligibility and Required Prerequisite Coursework

All applicants to the MVCC program must:

  • be credentialed veterinary technicians with proof of credentials*
  • hold a four-year bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.8+**

All applicants to the MVCC program must demonstrate completion of the following required prerequisite coursework:

  • Six (6) credits of 100+ level Biology
    • Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology are acceptable substitutions.
  • Six (6) credits of 100+ level Chemistry
    • Pharmacology (up to six (6) hours) is an acceptable substitution.
  • Six (6) credits of 100+ level English
    • Applicants with foreign coursework who did not take English courses may substitute an official TOEFL score, provided the score is submitted via official channels and is no older than 2 years. See below for TOEFL requirements.

*Applicants who meet all other admissions criteria but who work in a state that does not provide veterinary technician credentialing may contact for eligibility.

**Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 2.8 may be considered for the program but will be admitted under automatic academic probation for their first semester.

MVCC Required Application Materials

  • Complete the PostbacCAS Application
    • Official Transcripts for all institutions attended
    • Two (2) letters of recommendation
    • Two (2) personal essays in response to the following prompts:
      • 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 response. 500 words maximum.
      • What do you see as primary barriers to technician utilization and technician retention in the veterinary profession? How do you feel technicians could be better utilized within the current scope of practice? 500 words maximum.
    • Application fee (PostbacCAS fee + LMU Application fee)
    • Full CV
    • Proof of Veterinary Technician Licensure or Credentials

When reviewing application files, the committee looks at numerous applicant criteria, including undergraduate/graduate coursework, letters of recommendation, personal statements, and any other pertinent materials that may be included with the file. Upon acceptance into the graduate program, applicants will receive an official packet of materials including an acceptance letter and any other items than may be deemed necessary. Deadlines regarding program deposits, residential life, immunization records, etc. will be included in the acceptance packet.

Applicants with Foreign Coursework

Applicants to the MVCC program who have completed coursework at an institution external to the United States must complete the standard application procedure outlined above. All data included in the application (essays, demographic information, reference letters, CVs, etc.) must be written in English.

Any transcripts from institutions located outside of the United States must be evaluated by either the World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silney & Associates, Inc. Transcripts and evaluations should be submitted as normal through PostbacCAS.

If English is not the applicant's native language, or if an applicant attended an institution located outside of the United States and did not complete six (6) hours of 100+ English courses*, the applicant must submit one of the following test scores via an official report sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PostbacCAS.

  • iBT (Internet-based TOEFL): minimum score of 61.
  • CBT (Computer-based TOEFL): minimum score of 173.
  • PBT (Paper-based TOEFL): minimum score of 500.

TOEFL scores older than 2 years will not be accepted.

*Applicants who earned a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an American or English-speaking institution are not required to take the TOEFL.

Transfer Credit Policy

Applicants may request to transfer a maximum of six (6) relevant graduate credit hours. The MVCC Admissions Committee must approve all transfer credit requests, and students must request the transfer before the first day of classes in the student's first semester in the MVCC program.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and are determined by LMU main campus. For information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Student Financial Services webpage here. The MVCC program is billed per credit hour.

Please note that some fees may not be specifically listed. Any questions about tuition rates, fees, or financial aid should be directed to the Student Financial Services team.

Academic Progress, General Policies, and Standards

Graduate students are required to maintain a 3.0+ GPA in their program of study. Those who do not maintain a 3.0+ GPA will be placed on Academic Probation. The grading scale for LMU-CVM graduate courses is as follows:

A = 90 - 100 %

B= 80 - 89 %

C= 70 - 79 %

F = below 70%

Enrollment and Course Loads

Full-time status of a Master of Veterinary Clinical Care graduate student is ten (10) graduate credits in a Fall or Spring semester. Part-time status is considered anything less than ten (10) hours. Part-time students must obtain course schedule approval from the MVCC Program Director before registering. For student financial aid eligibility, students should consult a financial aid advisor.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

At the end of each semester in a graduate program, a student's coursework will be evaluated to determine whether they are maintaining the required GPA. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0+. Students who perform below this standard will be placed on academic probation until they succeed in meeting the required GPA or are dismissed from the program. If a student is not able to maintain the required GPA, the Graduate Council has the authority to recommend removal of a student from the program. If it is determined to be numerically impossible to reach the required cumulative GPA level, even with earning the highest grades possible in subsequent coursework, the student will be dismissed from the program. The CVM Dean will provide official notification in such cases.

The minimum requirement for degree completion is 2.85 cumulative GPA.

A student placed on academic probation is required to meet with the CVM Academic Success Team (Dr. Copeland or Mr. Greene) twice in the semester following notification of probation. One meeting must be held at the beginning of the semester, another at midterms, to discuss academic progress. The student is able to meet with the Success team as many times as necessary or desired, but must meet at least twice. Failure to fulfill this requirement may result in dismissal from the program. The student remains on probation until the deficient coursework is recovered. The probationary semester GPA must be a 2.85+; if a student fails to meet that benchmark, they will remain on probation and be required to complete further academic counseling. If a student is unable to achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85+ at the end of the second consecutive probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.


Graduate students in the VBMS degree program are required to follow the attendance policies of each of the courses in which they are registered. Graduate students in the MVCC, MVEd, and CVEd programs have asynchronous online courses and are expected to follow the online attendance and participation policies of the program in which they are registered.

Course Repetition Policy

Repeating a course will replace the previously earned grade in calculation of the cumulative GPA in order to remove the probationary status and/or determine graduation eligibility. The original grade continues to be reported on the transcript and should also be reported by the student to avoid the consequences of false reporting to any other educational institution. A course may not be repeated more than once. A student may only repeat two (2) courses in a degree program.

Graduate Council

The LMU-CVM Graduate Council is the policy-making and recommending body for the graduate programs provided by the LMU-CVM. It is composed of the Program Directors of each graduate program and the Director of Graduate Programs for LMU-CVM. The Graduate Council meets regularly to review program functions, admissions status, student academic progress, proposed academic changes, and policy effectiveness. Programmatic recommendations flow from this council to the CVM Dean's Executive Committee of the Richard A. Gillespie College of Veterinary Medicine before being considered by the University Academic Council, University Cabinet, University President, or Board of Trustees.

The Graduate Council Serves as the primary Graduate Appeals Committee to resolve any academic matter that arises in the graduate programs. Academic decisions, including approval or requests to repeat a course, are based upon overall academic performance while in the graduate program.


In the event that a student wishes to submit an appeal regarding an academic matter decided upon by the Graduate Council, a formal written appeal must be submitted within 5 business days of receiving notification of the Dean's decision. Appeals should be submitted via the Office of Academic Affairs for a hearing by the CVM Appeals Committee. The CVM Appeals Committee reviews decisions made by the Graduate Council to assure that policies and procedures have been followed in making academic or program changes and decisions.

The CVM Appeals Committee is expected to collect information from all parties to the matter in question and hold a hearing in which parties to the appeal will be invited and notified. A decision must be reached by no more than five (5) business days after the initial hearing. Decisions of this committee will be communicated to the party making the appeal as well as any individuals named in the appeal, along with the relevant Deans and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. Final decisions will be communicated no more than five (5) business days after a hearing. A log of matters and copies of all communication related to an appeal will be maintained by the CVM Dean's Office.

Failure to appear for the appeals hearing will result in automatic Appeals Committee decision to uphold Dean’s decision.

Medical Leave of Absence 

A student may petition to their Program Director for a medical leave of absence from a graduate program in the event of a medical condition that prevents normal participation in the required activities of the degree program for more than one week.

Maximum Timeframe for Program Completion

MVCC: students must complete their studies within five (5) years after initial registration.

A request for an extension of graduate program completion requires the approval of the Graduate Council and the LMU-CVM Dean.

The student bears the ultimate responsibility for ensuring completion of all graduation requirements.

Degrees and Certificates


MVCC-501: Veterinary Management & Leadership

Credits 3

This course explores veterinary management and leadership with an emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion, cultural sensitivity, and comparative healthcare organization. Topics include: veterinary technician scope of practice, professional organization, technician utilization, and comparative paraprofessional scope of practice and utilization, diversity in the veterinary profession, concepts of leadership and applications to the veterinary profession, current veterinary profession issues and challenges, ethical issues in leadership, and strengthening diversity at the leadership level.

MVCC-502: Clinical Veterinary Physiology

Credits 3

Systems based overview of clinically relevant physiology for the graduate veterinary technician. Students will gain understanding of homeostasis, function, regulation and integration of body systems.

MVCC-503: Principles of Surgery & Wound Management

Credits 3

This course will introduce advanced principles of soft-tissue and orthopedic surgery, wound healing, and wound management. Covers aseptic technique, pre-op work up, room and table prep, perioperative patient care, post-operative short term and long term care, and surgical suture and ligation techniques. Specialized instrumentation, equipment, and sterilization of specialized equipment will be introduced. This course will provide students with a broad knowledge of common small animal surgical diseases and disorders organized by system. The course will include multiple case discussions in order to allow students to apply the knowledge they gain in lecture to situations they may encounter in the clinical setting. Application of anatomic knowledge related to surgical prep and surgical approaches will be included. Students will be required to demonstrate successful completion of related skills for this course.

MVCC-504: Evidence Based Medicine

Credits 1

This course is designed to teach evidence-based medicine (EBM) and information literacy skills that will enable veterinary professionals to conduct critical searches and evaluations of existing literature to improve patient care. Topics include advanced literature searches, developing PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) questions, overview of clinical study design, evaluating existing clinical guidelines, critically analyzing and synthesizing research articles using the GRADE criteria, and integrating evidence into practice.

MVCC-505: Anesthesia & Pain Management

Credits 3

This course will provide an in-depth review of anesthesia, anesthesia-related patient care, and pain management in the veterinary patient. Includes pre-anesthetic preparation and evaluation; anesthesia induction, maintenance, and emergence; post-anesthesia care; anesthetic equipment maintenance and trouble-shooting, and multimodal pain management techniques. Emphasis on case-based design of anesthetic protocols for patients with an ASA physical status of I -V. Students will be required to demonstrate successful completion of related skills for this course.

MVCC-506: Population Med & One Health

Credits 2

This course will provide an overview of veterinary public health, population health management, and One Health principles. Topics will include principles of epidemiology, herd health management, zoonotic and infectious disease control, human animal bond, and current topics in One Health. Students will learn about the importance of community stakeholders and interdisciplinary collaboration. This course will expand on principles of DEIB and cultural safety and humility learned in MVCC 501.

MVCC-507A: Small Animal Internal Medicine

Credits 3

This course will provide students with a broad and comprehensive knowledge of common canine and feline medical diseases and disorders organized by system. This course will introduce the fundamentals of advanced patient management to allow students to make informed decisions when managing simple and complex cases in practice.

MVCC-508: Diagnostics and Clinical Pathology

Credits 3

This course explains pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible for abnormal findings in hematologic, biochemical, urinalysis, and cytologic tests in health and disease of animals. Students will learn a selection of diagnostic tests for various diseases, interpretation of results, quality control, reference intervals, specificity, sensitivity, and positive and negative predictive values.

MVCC-509: Pharmacology Foundations

Credits 1

The course is designed to build a foundation of pharmacologic knowledge. Concepts of pharmacokinetics (drug absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion) and pharmacodynamics (the action or effects of drugs on living organisms) that underlie the correct use of drugs in veterinary therapeutics will be covered. Exemplary pharmacologic classes of drugs, neuropharmacology of the autonomic and somatic nervous systems, and current topics in veterinary pharmacology will be covered.