Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship

Program Overview

Within veterinary medicine, there are myriad opportunities for entrepreneurship. Veterinary medical schools promote innovation in research, support major advances in biotech, infotech, and pet-tech, but the pathway to entrepreneurial ventures is not always clear. Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship combines the knowledge and expertise of the Wharton School and Penn Vet in order to encourage the participation of veterinarians in entrepreneurship that impacts their clients and patients. With the skills, mindset and know-how developed in this program, veterinarians will be better equipped to solve important issues within animal healthcare, food animal productivity, food security, zoonotic diseases, and animal welfare.

Formerly this program was called Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

In Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the principles and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship
  • Identify opportunities to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine
  • Understand what it takes to turn a good idea into a viable opportunity
  • Explore what veterinary medicine can learn from human medicine in the context of entrepreneurship
  • Develop leaders that foster entrepreneurship in their organizations, whether academic, corporate, non-profit or governmental

Experience & Impact

This program empowers participants to advance entrepreneurial ventures that aim to solve challenges facing global health and wellness issues, animal healthcare, food animal security and productivity, and animal welfare.

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 and how to foster strategic partnerships, this program 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 & 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.

Who Should Attend

Leading Veterinary Entrepreneurship 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


Andrew Hoffman

Andrew Hoffman, DVM, DVScSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Lawton Burns

Lawton Burns, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

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

Mauro Guillen

Mauro Guillén, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Dr. Felix Zandman Professor of International Management; Professor of Management; Director, The Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management & International Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Globalization, international political economy, multinational management

Kathy Pearson

Kathy Pearson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

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

James Thompson

James Thompson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Founder and Director, Wharton Social Enterprise Program, 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


The level of instruction and peer collaboration is outstanding.”

Mitchell S. Moses, DVM, MBADirector, US Veterinary Hospital Services, Pfizer Animal Health

It gave me tools that if used will make me so much more competitive. The instructors were cutting edge.”

Dr. Kim HammondChief Medical Officer and founder, Falls Road Animal Hospital, Baltimore, MD

The mixture of individual organizations and professional change was enlightening and motivating.”

Dr. Peter HellyerAssociate Dean, Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Dates, Cost, & Location

June 3 - 6, 2019Philadelphia, PA$4,900

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Tuition for this program includes accommodations and meals. Prices are subject to change.

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