This current offering of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management builds on the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s award-winning Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) series of executive programs. EVP was developed in 1991 to enhance the business, communication, and planning skills of busy animal health professionals. Since that time nearly 200 of the top swine industry veterinarians from throughout the world have benefitted from the program as well as managers in the swine industry that have completed the recent Executive Pork Producers Program.
The Executive Veterinary Program addresses essential skills for excellence in swine health management. The objective of EVP is to enhance the diagnostic, management, leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills of leaders in the pork industry.
Why EVP at Illinois?
Dr. Larry Firkins and Dr. Jim Lowe, both graduates of the Executive Veterinary Program, have spent their careers in the pork industry as veterinarians, educators, and business consultants. They bring a unique set of skills gained from working in and with some of the most progressive pork production companies in North America. Their work on swine health and management issues has resulted in serving the global swine industry in 20 countries. Dr. Firkins is the recognized leader for training livestock producers in human resource and leadership skills. Dr. Lowe’s practical experience in teaching, consulting, and managing pork production systems brings a pragmatic, get-it-done perspective to practical business problems. Together they have developed an educational program that reflects their diverse experiences to benefit swine veterinarians in an increasingly competitive market.
EVP is a comprehensive interdisciplinary certificate program distinct from many traditional educational programs. Ten interactive learning modules will be held every other month for two days each (Thursday and Friday). In the time between each module, participants are expected to complete assigned work while applying the information in their workplace. Modules are organized sequentially to enhance the integration of the subject matter.
The EVP instructors are nationally recognized experts in the field, from both academia and industry. Handouts, readings, and practical assignments for both individuals and groups will be assigned by the instructors. Between modules there will be regular communication between the program participants, EVP instructors, and program staff.
- Participate in a unique educational experience for swine veterinarians while improving your diagnostic, management and leadership skills.
- Enhance decision making abilities through the transfer of a critical set of knowledge and skills.
- Master the principles utilized on a daily basis in providing value to the swine industry.
- Become a member of a network of swine veterinary leaders that advances idea sharing and promotes dialogue on key issues facing the ever-changing pork industry.