Veterinary Practice Management

Veterinary Practice Management

If you love animals and think managing a veterinary practice would be a great career for you, pursue that passion with Penn Foster’s online accredited Veterinary Practice Management Certificate Program. This course is taught by expert faculty and offers engaging visual learning aids and interactive assessments to help you practice as you go. 

  • Penn Foster’s Veterinary Practice Management Certificate Program is applicable towards the formal education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).
  • Penn Foster’s Veterinary Practice Management Certificate Program prepares you to sit for your Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) certification exam.
  • Veterinary practice managers are paid a competitive salary.
  • Penn Foster is a trusted partner of some of the largest veterinary hospitals in the country, including Banfield, VCA, and BluePearl.
  • Our online programs are flexible enough for you to finish them at a pace that works for you, based on how much time you can dedicate to your coursework each week.
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What You Will Learn

  1. How to establish financial business goals; setting up a budget, starting and maintaining a business, management of facility finances such as patient fees, and billing.
  2. How to maintain a manager’s role in decision making, planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and developing an ethical perspective.
  3. How to understand and implement laws and ethics requirements in a veterinary hospital or clinic.
  4. How to provide exceptional customer service to veterinary clients while helping the veterinary practice to grow financially.
Full Program Goal & Outcomes

Vet Practice Manager Career Outcomes

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Penn Foster's Vet Practice Management Program is designed with job-readiness in mind. Study the skills you need while preparing for any required industry certifications and state licenses, so you can get started with a new role or advance your current career.

State Licensing Requirements

Undergraduate Certificates from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education. See the State Licensing page for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

Veterinary Practice Management Curriculum 

  • 7 courses (19 credits)

Estimated completion time:

  • Fast track = 12 months
  • Average time = 14 months

With Penn Foster, you can learn at whatever pace works best for you. Some learners will be more comfortable moving faster, and dedicating more time, and the fast track estimate will apply to them. The average track will apply to most learners who can dedicate a few hours per week to completing their coursework. The estimated completion times are based on completion times for learners enrolled in this program from November 2020 - October 2021, excluding withdrawals.

In our Veterinary Practice Management Program, you'll learn the skills and get the interactive veterinary practice management training required to run a successful business. Your courses include:

  • Principles of Management 
  • Veterinary Practice Management 
  • Human Resources Management 
  • Marketing 
  • Business Ethics


Non-US residents: This is a United States-based institution with course materials that are geared toward US job and labor standards. Learners from outside of the US may find that some information and materials will differ from the current standards of their country. Please note, the materials for this program are in English and use the Imperial unit of measurement, not the metric system.

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Vet Practice Management Student Stories

Penn Foster’s Veterinary Practice Management Certificate Program can help prepare you for the first step towards a career in the veterinary industry. This program has helped recent graduates secure promotions and find new jobs in the veterinary field. Learn more Penn Foster graduates' experiences and how Penn Foster worked for them.
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Angel H.

2021 Penn Foster Graduate

"[Penn Foster] is affordable, flexible, and you can work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.”

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Veterinary Practice Management Tuition

Pricing information for Penn Foster's online Veterinary Practice Management Certificate Program details options for making automatic monthly payments via Paypal, bank account, credit or debit card, making a single, full payment, or making a monthly payment via check by mail. 

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Our Proven Veterinary Learning Model

Empowering you to reach your professional goals.


  • Start anytime
  • No exam due dates 
  • Self-paced


  • Digital study guides 
  • Self-check quizzes
  • Simulations and videos


  • 24/7 access to online resources 
  • Online student community
  • Dedicated Learner Center


  • Expert faculty
  • Dedicated student services
  • Robust learning resources

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Veterinary Practice Management FAQs

What is the salary for a veterinary practice manager?

The national average salary for a veterinary practice manager in an entry-level position is $52,115 as of 2022.* Depending on experience, education, and state of residence, the salary for a vet practice manager can vary so it’s important to check the average salary in your area. With sites like Indeed and Glassdoor, you can get an idea of what vet practice managers in your area are paid to start.

What are the requirements to become a veterinary practice manager?

To become a veterinary practice manager, the basic requirements often begin with having a high school diploma or higher, though requirements may differ based on state and practice or hospital standards. While earning a degree or career diploma is not necessarily a requirement for being hired, it can help prospective managers stand out and succeed. To enroll in the online veterinary practice manager training program at Penn Foster, students should have a high school diploma or GED and must be 17 years or older.

What are the regular duties of a veterinary practice manager?

Like any manager, a veterinary practice manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business. Depending on the needs and size of the practice, this can include creating schedules to make sure the office is fully staffed, hiring or firing staff, managing the accounting, advertising, and completing other tasks to grow the business and keep it thriving.

Can I take Penn Foster's veterinary practice manager course if I have no experience?

In order to take Penn Foster's Veterinary Practice Manager Course, you need to be at least 17 years old. You will also need either a high school diploma or GED, and will need to pass two parts of a Basic Skills Assessment exam- both reading and math. Other than that, you do not need any specific prior experience in the veterinary field in order to enroll.