Veterinary Business Management (PgCert (VBM))

The University of Liverpool's Veterinary Business Management programme is open to anyone currently engaged in, or seeking to be involved in, veterinary business management, including practice/office managers and veterinary staff.


  • A recognised undergraduate degree (FHEQ level 6) in veterinary science, veterinary nursing or business management related subject
  • AND 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 prerequisite HE training, but working in Veterinary Business Management for over 12 months, applicants would be considered on a case-by-case basis for entry for the program with a minimum of 2 references required. Where there is an applicant who has 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.
  • If the applicant is from a country where English is not the first Language they will be required to show evidence of attainment of English at a minimum IELTS score of 7 or equivalent.

To be eligible for award of your University of Liverpool Postgraduate certificate in Veterinary Business Management award, all 6 modules must be completed within three years of commencement of the first module.

For students who take longer than the usual two years to complete the programme, please note that your module options in the third year might be reduced.

Programme Structure 

The PgCert(VBM) is a 60-credit programme at Master’s degree level, consisting of the following six modules:

1x Introductory Module: Introduction to Veterinary Business Studies
4x Core Modules:  
VETS731 Finance, Accounting and Resource Management
VETS732 Human Resources
VETS733 Marketing
VETS734 Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship
1x Final Module: VETS736  Work Based Learning

The compulsory introductory module must be completed prior to the 4 Core modules.

From August 2022 all modules must be completed in specific prescribed order only.

Method of Teaching 

The PgCert (VBM) is provided 100% online, so you can study from home and you are continuously assessed throughout the modules. When you access the structured modules, the topics and assessment deadlines are listed, so you can plan ahead around busy work/ home commitments.

You will receive full library access and extensive peer to peer interaction is encouraged through the use of discussion boards where students can interact and collaborate, bouncing ideas between colleagues and academic staff within the virtual ‘classroom’.

The structure of the modules is such that learning materials and assessments are provided on a weekly basis allowing candidates to work through each module at a steady pace. Weekly time commitments may vary week to week, but you are expected to study a minimum of approximately 6.25 hours a week for a 10 credit module.

Timetable (up to August 2022)

Introductory modules are 4-weeks in duration, beginning in January, May and August.

Core and Final modules are 16-weeks in duration, and are provided on a rolling-basis every semester, beginning in January, May and August.

Current timetables can be found here.

From August 2022 -

  • All modules must be completed in specific prescribed order only
  • The Intro module will run once a year, starting in October


Assessment is on-going and throughout each module there are a number of assignments with set submission dates and feedback provided by module tutors. Assignments take various forms, including essays, short answer questions and assessed discussion boards reflecting the study material learnt against the candidates’ own business experience.


Modules are priced individually, and candidates can book and pay for one module at a time. There is no additional cost for assessment throughout each module.

Current fees are listed on booking forms.

How to Enrol 

Candidates wishing to enrol should complete the appropriate booking form for the first module. Candidates who are new to studying PgCert (VBM) modules at the University of Liverpool should also complete a New Student Registration Form.