Executive Veterinary Program™
The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) was
developed in 1991 as a series of comprehensive interdisciplinary certificate programs intended to enhance the
business, management, and medical skills of veterinarians. With these new abilities, veterinarians are able to
better meet the expanding challenges of the veterinary profession. It is the purpose of the Executive Veterinary
Program to enhance the management, consultative, and problem-solving skills of veterinarians working in the
Leaders in the field of veterinary medicine helped shape the early program. Individuals from a cross-discipline
of academia, industry, private practice, and membership-based associations representing the veterinary
profession assumed the task of developing an innovative new program designed to develop leaders in the
veterinary profession. The Executive Veterinary Program has garnered the reputation among those in the
profession as a top-notch continuing education program.
- To provide a beneficial and highly-motivating educational experience for veterinarians with an interest in
improving their effectiveness;
- To serve as a network that enhances the sharing of ideas among veterinarians and that promotes dialogue
on issues critical to the changing industry;
- To raise the qualifications and abilities of practicing veterinarians to provide a higher level of service to
- To stimulate interest in current and developing career opportunities; and
- To improve the physical and financial performance of the profession given concerns for the environment,
animal welfare, and wholesome products for society.
A doctor of veterinary medicine degree with at least two years of work experience are prerequisites for
Offered in a continuing education format, the Executive Veterinary Program is a comprehensive
interdisciplinary certificate program distinct from many traditional post-DVM graduate or continuing
education programs. The Executive Veterinary Program instructors are nationally-recognized experts in the
field, from both academia and industry. Handouts, reading, and practical assignments for individuals and
groups are determined by the instructors. The Executive Veterinary Program is not simply a rehash of
traditional graduate-style programs; it is intended to provide practical executive management skills valuable to
veterinarians who are destined to become leaders in the profession.
In 1992 the College of Veterinary Medicine was recognized for its pioneering new continuing education
program with the Merck AgVet Creativity in Veterinary Medical Education award. The goal of the award is
to motivate risk taking in the implementation of innovative approaches to veterinary medical education.
Innovations in the professional education program, in continuing education, and in faculty development are
eligible for nomination.
Since 1991, more than 200 individuals have graduated from seven Executive Veterinary Programs. Veterinarians from
throughout the country (Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) and the world
(Canada and Colombia) are among the graduates of this program.
The Executive Veterinary Program education and bond doesn’t end with graduation. Executive Veterinary
Program classes regularly hold reunion meetings throughout the country, with and without the assistance of
the College of Veterinary Medicine. These leaders in the field of veterinary medicine form a bond with one
another through the class and continue to cultivate that shared experience of improving the delivery of
veterinary medicine across the spectrum of industry and private practice.