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I found it very advantageous to have myself and my practice manager attend the sessions as a pair. This way, we were able to work together and learn together.

— Jennie Killian

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You will strengthen your skills and gain a better understanding of veterinary-specific challenges through four modules, each focusing on a crucial topic. They cover developing and leading your team, veterinary practice financials, marketing and social media, and strategic thinking. This graduate-level instruction from experienced experts knowledgeable about veterinary business will better equip you to develop the business side of your practice. You also will develop strong connections with other veterinary professionals. Gain the business savvy you need to run a profitable practice, ensuring that you and your team can continue the work you love: caring for animals.

  • Learn from instructors who have up to 30 years of experience teaching veterinary professionals. These master teachers have collected extensive data about the veterinary medical marketplace during that time, which they utilize in teaching knowledge and new skills specific to the veterinary medical profession.
  • Benefit from veterinary-specific case-based learning — studies, focus groups, real-life examples and data — to answer common practice questions.
  • Receive a professional development program certificate of completion from Purdue University.
  • As a VPMP alum, you can retake any module in the future for a special alumni rate.
  • If you complete this program and then enroll in a Purdue executive MBA program within 24 months, we'll deduct the amount you paid for the certificate program from the cost of the degree program.
Purdue's Veterinary Practice Management Program is tailored for veterinarians, veterinary practice technicians and technologists, veterinary students, veterinary industry professionals, and practice/clinic managers. There is no minimum work experience necessary to enroll as a VPMP participant, and an undergraduate degree is not required.
The program is offered in a hybrid format with two of the four modules taking place online, with synchronous class sessions. The remaining 2 modules are taught on Purdue's West Lafayette, Indiana campus over one weekend each. This approach requires fewer visits to campus making it more convenient for working professionals, while also enabling participants to interact with, and learn from, fellow veterinary professionals and form a long-lasting support network.
  • Instruction from top faculty and guest speakers
  • Class materials
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks each day during on-campus modules
  • Networking receptions during on-campus modules
  • Campus parking pass during on-campus modules

Lodging is not included in the program fee. Participants can reserve rooms at a nearby hotel for on-campus modules. Lodging options closest to campus include:

VPMP participants receive continuing education credits for completion of each module. If you satisfactorily complete all four modules, you will receive a Veterinary Practice Management Program Certificate from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. All VPMP courses are applicable toward the continuing education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. However, you will not receive certification as a veterinary practice manager through VPMP.
Yes, you will earn at least 48 CEUs across the four modules. These CEUs are approved by Purdue's College of Veterinary Medicine and fulfill part of the requirements for completing the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.