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.

Programme Structure 

In order to be awarded the University of Liverpool Certificate in Veterinary Business Management (PgCert (VBM) ), candidates must successfully complete the following modules:

1x Introductory Module: Introduction to Veterinary Business Studies
4x Core Modules:*  
C-VBM.1 Marketing
C-VBM.2 Finance, Accounting and Resource Management
C-VBM.3 Human Resources
C-VBM.4 Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship
1x Final Module: Work Based Learning

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

*VBM Core modules have also been approved by the RCVS as C-modules, which can be counted towards the Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (CertAVP). Please note that precedence for places on the PgCert (VBM) modules goes to those students completing them as part of the Certificate in Veterinary Business Management, rather than those who are completing them as an optional C module for part of the CertAVP or on a CPD only basis. 

Method of Teaching 

PgCert (VBM) modules are delivered as part of a fully-taught, structured e-learning programme, designed to help candidates to get the most from their student experience. Candidates also benefit from the support and guidance of subject specialists throughout, along with facilitated discussion with their peers.

The virtual learning environment also includes access to the University of Liverpool’s online library.


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.


Assessment is on-going throughout each module and feedback is provided by module tutors.


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 

Enrolment on the PgCert (VBM) programme is open to candidates who hold an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Science, Veterinary Nursing or a Business Management related subject.

However, for candidates who do not have the necessary prerequisite HE training, but who have been working in Veterinary Business Management for over 12 months, applicants would be considered on a case-by-case basis for entry onto the programme, with a minimum of two references required.

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.

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