Veterinary Medical Terminology

Veterinary Medical Terminology

Learn to pronounce, spell, and define veterinary medical terms. This course provides a step-by-step process that will help you build an understanding of medical language specific to the veterinary field.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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To work in the veterinary field, you need to understand the medical language unique to the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of animals. This online course will teach you the definition and uses of veterinary medical terminology.

You will master veterinary medical terminology through a simplified learning process that builds on commonly used word parts. Each course lesson is designed to build on this foundation, with the material and illustrations focusing on the new word parts and definitions needed for success in the veterinary field.


This lesson provides the basics of how medical terms are formed, analyzed, and defined.

This lesson provides terms used in everyday dialogue regarding animal body systems, positioning of animals, and relationships between body parts.

In this lesson, you'll learn medical terminology related to the skeletal and muscular systems. Clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for both systems are described.

This lesson consists of common terms for landmarks on an animal's body, as well as terms used in the animal industry to describe males and females of selected species, terms for their young, and for groups of their species.

In this lesson, you'll learn about the anatomy of the digestive system. Clinical terms related to this system, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for the digestive system are described.

This lesson explores the anatomy, clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures of the urinary and cardiovascular systems. Clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for the urinary and cardiovascular systems are included.

The structures of the respiratory system and the breathing process are described in this lesson. Clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for the respiratory system are included.

Veterinary medical terms related to the integumentary and endocrine systems are explored in this lesson. Clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for the integumentary and endocrine systems are included.

It's time to learn all about reproduction. The male and female reproductive systems, mating, pregnancy, and birth, as well as diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures of the reproductive system, are the topics of this lesson.

This lesson covers the nervous system and the functions and structures of the eyes and ears. Clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for the nervous system and eyes and ears are included.

Three systems are described in this lesson: the hematologic, lymphatic, and immune systems. The specialty of oncology is also described in this lesson. Clinical terms, diagnostic tests, pathology, and procedures for the hematologic, lymphatic, and systems, as well as oncology terms, are included.

This lesson relates to tests, procedures, and treatments used in the care of animals in the veterinary medical field.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Dr. Janet Romich

Dr. Janet Romich received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Romich received the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award for her work in teaching and mentoring veterinary technician students. She has authored the textbooks An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology, Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians and Understanding Zoonotic Diseases; she also co-authored Veterinary Technician Dictionary. She continues to work as a relief veterinarian in both small and laboratory animal settings.


I truly enjoyed this course and it was a good pace even working a full time job.

This course is really well put together in an easily understandable format for all knowledge levels.

I really liked the way the lessons were laid out. Also, how there was a section for discussion and an area for flashcards to test your understanding with the words you're learning.

Great course! I'm really glad I took this course to help advance my career in the field!

This course was amazing. I found it very interesting and very easy to follow along. I only wish I could have an actual zoom meeting at the end of this course to say thank you to the amazing teacher because Dr. Romich was amazing.

Thank you so much for a few wonderful months of learning from your knowledge, education, and experience. It was all written/typed and described very well. Towards the last chapter with terminology I felt there could have been more pictures or even videos. Nonetheless I enjoyed learning what I now know and will apply it to my future career with animals. With all the information I learned I also now feel like I am the best pet owner I can be. Thank you again for everything.

I really enjoyed this class.

I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who aims to become a vet tech, vet assistant, or veterinarian. It was very helpful, and explained a lot of information I wasn't sure of or simply didn't know.

This course was incredibly well put-together and through learning terminology I've also gained a good understanding of the functions of the different body systems. Very impressed, it was hard work but I'm so glad I was able to take this course. I'm starting a Vet Tech program this fall and feel so prepared!

This was a great class, far more info and insight included than expected which was wonderful.

I have really enjoyed learning the terminology of this course. I am excited to move on the the next!

I appreciate the updated information and resource material provided. Previous courses I have taken have been old scriptures and unfortunately but accurately outdated knowledge. Thank you for staying present and always reaching for better resources.

Self-Guided Course Code: T9807
Instructor-Moderated Course Code: vmt