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Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader

Jun 27, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016Philadelphia, PA$4,900

Wharton PVET

Program Overview

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.

The program prepares you to:

  • Adopt advanced methods of influence and persuasion.
  • Achieve an authentic voice as a global leader.
  • Engage in decision-making with human and veterinary public health professionals.
  • Develop and lead effective partnerships geared toward environmental stewardship.
  • Communicate effectively about policy and legal issues relevant to public health.
  • Identify opportunities to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine.


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

To further leverage the value and impact of the Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants to this program.


Program Logistics

Tuition for Philadelphia programs includes lodging and meals. Prices are subject to change. Contact a member of the Wharton Executive Education Client Relations team for more information on course specifics and to discuss how this program can meet your professional development needs. Please contact them by email or by phone at +1.215.898.1776.

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"The level of instruction and peer collaboration is outstanding."
Mitchell S. Moses DVM, MBA, Director, US Veterinary Hospital Services at Pfizer Animal Health


"It gave me tools that if used will make me so much more competitive. The instructors were cutting edge."
Dr. Kim Hammond, Chief Medical Officer and founder of Falls Road Animal Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland


"The mixture of individual organizations and professional change was enlightening and motivating."
Dr. Peter Hellyer, Associate Dean, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

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