Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship for Social Impact, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles of entrepreneurship
  • Identify opportunities to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine
  • Understand how to turn a good idea into a viable opportunity
  • Explore what veterinary medicine can learn from human medicine in the context of entrepreneurship
  • Learn to foster and lead entrepreneurship in your organization, whether academic, corporate, nonprofit or governmental

Experience & Impact

This program empowers participants to advance entrepreneurial ventures to solve global challenges. Faculty apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help veterinarians develop the skills of an entrepreneur. Emphasizing the importance of opportunity identification, testing, and assessment; leadership that fosters a culture of entrepreneurship; and when knowing and how to foster strategic partnerships, it offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together diverse leaders on the front lines of veterinary science and public health.

Session topics include:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • New Global Challenges and Opportunities for Veterinarians
  • Panel Discussion: Identifying Opportunities
  • Developing the Opportunity: Learning Lab
  • Leading a Culture that Drives Entrepreneurship
  • Fostering Strategic Partnerships
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Challenges of Addressing Social Problems
  • Sociopolitics and Project Implementation

Through highly interactive lectures, panel discussions, exercises, and a learning lab, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, this program will prepare you to stimulate entrepreneurship in veterinary medicine.

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Due to our application review period, applications submitted after 12:00 p.m. ET on Friday for programs beginning the following Monday may not be processed in time to grant admission. Applicants will be contacted by a member of our Client Relations Team to discuss options for future programs and dates.

Who Should Attend

Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship for Social Impact is customized for current and aspiring veterinary medical professionals that are interested in learning how to think like an entrepreneur and move forward with ventures, products, and services to help solve current and future needs relating to veterinary medicine.

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

Fluency in English, written and spoken, is required for participation in Wharton Executive Education programs unless otherwise indicated.

Plan your stay in Philadelphia

Plan Your Stay

This program is held at the Steinberg Conference Center located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. Meals and accommodations are included in the program fees. Learn more about planning your stay at Wharton’s Philadelphia campus.


Andrew Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman, DVM, DVScSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Lawton Burns

Lawton Burns, PhDSee Faculty Bio

James Joo-Kim Professor; Professor of Health Care Management; Professor of Management; The Wharton School

Research Interests: Health care management, hospital-physician relationships, integrated health care

Kathy Pearson

Kathy Pearson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; President, Enterprise Learning Solutions

Jim Thompson

James Thompson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Associate Professor, Management Department, The Wharton School; Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Social entrepreneurship, building future markets, investment under conditions of high uncertainty

Date, Location, & Fees

Program dates for 2022 will be posted once confirmed.

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Fees for the on-campus program include accommodations and meals. Prices are subject to change.

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