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Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program

The University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton School have partnered together on a leadership development program designed for veterinarians who seek to contribute at a high level to the maintenance and promotion of global public health for animals and humans.

The Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program combines the knowledge and experience of a veterinary school with that of a business school to help veterinarians refine their leadership skills and get involved in the most pressing global issues that affect animals and humans: zoonotic diseases, food security, disaster preparedness, poverty, and others.

The format of the program allows veterinarians to learn, understand, and apply a variety of tools to expand the profession's impact on the well-being of animals and society. As a participant, you will discover new ways to get involved in promoting global public health and animal productivity while also learning how veterinarians can influence public policy.

Impact & Experience

The program prepares you to:

  • Gain key frameworks, approaches, and knowledge to improve your ability to inspire and lead social change.
  • Ensure that your decision-making process addresses the right problems and involves the right people.
  • Identify and remove barriers to your ability to influence and persuade others.
  • Learn to recognize and move beyond the limitations of organizational silos.
  • Build a professional network of peers to gain multiple perspectives, explore ideas, and discuss challenges.

Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program session topics include:

  • The Challenge of Critical Thinking
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Legal Issues and Advocating for Veterinary Medicine
  • Working Across Boundaries
  • Marketing Leadership

Who Attends This Program

This program is customized for current and aspiring veterinary executives or leaders. Participants come from across the profession, across industries, and around the globe; all share a desire to hone and refine their individual leadership skills and get more involved in veterinary public health issues at the regional, national, or global level.

Some examples of positions held by past participants include:

  • Veterinarians in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Faculty
  • Government (FDA, CDC, USDA, state, county)
  • International (OIE, World Bank, UN)
    Retail
  • Directors of associations
  • VMAs and AVMA (state associations)
  • Veterinary Management Groups (VMGs)
  • Large practice owners (>10 practitioners)
  • Veterinary business consultants/advisors
  • Animal Hospital Association