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Veterinary Business Management (PgCert (VBM))

Veterinary Business Management (PgCert (VBM))

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2 years

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Business Studies

Course type


Course Summary


To develop comprehensive understanding of the core areas of veterinary business management; finance and accounting, human resources, marketing and business strategy and entrepreneurship. To develop the ability to reflect critically on the subject matter and apply it to real world veterinary business settings in a systematic manner. To produce graduates who meet the requirements of potential employers in a veterinary industry through the ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and with the capacity for self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate a critical awareness of the importance of vision and mission statements in the management of veterinary business. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate critically, current business strategies that may be used in small to medium sized enterprises with reference to the current literature. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of financial accounting, management accounting and marketing techniques.

Demonstrate a critical awareness of current human resource management theories and different management structures; Demonstrate a critical awareness of the value of a business plan and its wide distribution within an organisation; Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the challenges faced by, and the advantages held by entrepreneurial enterprises and relate them to real world settings.


The aim of the module is to develop practice based experience and previously acquired knowledge involving the understanding and implementation of current human resource management theory. This includes the importance of employee input in motivation, application of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the use of different management structures and tools for conflict resolution. Upon completion candidates are expected to demonstrate the capacity for initiative and personal responsibility in dealing with complex and unpredictable situations. Further they are expected to have acquired the independent learning abilities required for continuing professional development.

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Entry requirements

Have a recognised undergraduate degree (FHEQ level 6) in veterinary science, veterinary nursing or a business management related subject; AND be working in Veterinary Business Management for over 12 months, with a reference from their current employer or colleague (if they are the employer) stating that they will have access to business data and supported to do the programme. However, for applicants without the necessary preprequisite HE training, but working in Veterinary Business Management for over 12 months, they will be considered on a case-by-case basis for entry onto the programme with a minimum of 2 references required. For applicants who have not been in full time education for a number of years, a written submission of work answering a discipline related question (500 words) will be required to determine their suitability and ability to work at level 7. This will be assessed by the programme Director.

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