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

Program Overview

Developing leaders at the intersection of public health and veterinary science is a pressing need. Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader combines the knowledge and experience of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to help veterinarians refine their leadership skills. This will better enable them to address the most pressing global issues that affect animals and humans: zoonotic diseases, food security, and disaster preparedness.

Program Experience

Program Highlights & Benefits

In the Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program, you will:

  • Learn, understand, and apply a variety of tools to expand the profession's impact on the well-being of animals and society
  • 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

Experience & Impact

This program enables participants to discover new ways to get involved in promoting global public health and animal productivity, while also learning how veterinarians can influence public policy.

Faculty apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help you develop the skills to be a global leader in veterinary science in the context of public health. Emphasizing the importance of effective persuasion and communications, this program offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together diverse leaders on the front lines of veterinary science and public health.

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

Through highly interactive lectures, exercises, and case studies, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, this leadership program will prepare 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

Who Should Attend

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

Participant Profile

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Kathy Pearson

Kathy Pearson, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Academic Director

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

David Berg

David Berg, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine

Keith Niedermeier

Keith Niedermeier, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Adjunct Associate Professor; Director, Undergraduate Marketing Program, The Wharton School

Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development

Patricia Williams

Patti Williams, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Ira A. Lipman Associate Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Consumer decision making, emotional and attitudinal ambivalence, the persuasive effects of emotion


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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