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More Than 50 Graduate from Executive Veterinary Programs, Next Small Animal EVP Begins

Increased revenues and improvements in staff morale are among the results reported by the 20 veterinary professionals who completed the two-year Certificate in Small Animal Health Management from the award-winning Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

Many of the 33 graduates of the Swine EVP program—who collectively boast more than 150 years of college education and 400 years of veterinary experience—noted that “exposure to new concepts outside the conventional veterinary thinking” and forging new professional and personal contacts made the two-year commitment invaluable to them.

With the successes experienced by participants in the first Small Animal EVP, spaces are filling quickly for the next class, which began September 13, 2000. 

Completion of the fourth Swine EVP brings to 147 the number of swine veterinarians, representing more than a dozen states and three countries, who have graduated. A fifth Swine EVP class will be offered in fall 2001.

“This course has opened our eyes to the inevitability of change and the absolute need for change. We’ve been given the tools we need to embrace the changes coming, and have it work to our advantage,” says Dr. Jay Nadler, Small Animal EVP class president and practitioner in Peotone, Ill.

Dr. Mark Eisenhart, who gave one of the graduation addresses for the Swine class, noted the many changes in the swine industry in the past two years. He too found that EVP made participants masters of change, able to use information and tools to define and achieve their goals.

EVP is designed to enhance communication, business, and strategic planning skills. Participants interact with leading authorities in industry and academia both during the 3-day modules, held every other month in Urbana, and between modules, through email, telephone, Internet, and fax. 

The modules are designed so that insight and understanding build and grow throughout the program. 

Dr. Christine Merle will be facilitator for the new Small Animal EVP, taking over from Dr. Lydia Miller, who directed the first class. A complete listing of topics, sponsors, and speakers is available on the Web at www.cvm.uiuc.edu/ceps/SA_EVP/. (Practitioners may enroll to attend a single module, if space is available.)

Dr. Larry Firkins facilitated the just-completed Swine EVP. In addition to the fifth Swine EVP starting next year, Dr. Firkins foresees creating an EVP devoted to management and business—after he has completed his MBA degree.
For more information about the Small Animal EVP currently under way, contact: Dr. Christine Merle, 217/333-2907; e-mail: cmerle@cvm.uiuc.edu

Dr. Christine MerleDr. Christine Merle recently joined the Office of Continuing Education-Public Service/Extension as a visiting assistant professor.

After working with VCA for a year after earning a DVM at Illinois in 1996, she decided to go back to school and work towards an MBA with a marketing emphasis. Her goal was to combine the two degrees to serve the veterinary medical community. A Chicago native, she worked as a part-time associate at Countryside Animal Clinic, PC, in Northbrook and as a relief veterinarian while attending night classes at DePaul University. 

Dr. Merle hopes to use her MBA and her experiences working at veterinary clinics throughout Chicagoland to help veterinary students and practitioners integrate basic management and business skills into their personal and professional lives. 

Active in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Merle co-chaired the organization’s first annual Dog Jog on September 10. She enjoys reading, photography, and horseback riding, and recently began to compete in Dressage with her horse, Happy Medium. 
Small Animal EVP 2000 Graduates 
Steven Cairo, DVM
Doug Carithers, DVM
Lisa Chassy, DVM
Clyde Dunphy, DVM
Greg Ekdale, DVM
Ronald Gill, DVM
Mark Green, DVM
Susan Markham
Ed McGinniss, DVM
Lydia Miller, DVM
Jay Nadler, DVM
Peter Nichols, DVM
Linda Randall, DVM
Ron Reagh, DVM
Susan Rooy
Steven Sandino, DVM
Sue Schmitt, DVM
Amir Shanan, DVM
Shelly Stevens, DVM
John Trimble, DVM

Swine EVP 2000 Graduates 
Sandra F. Amass, DVM, PhD
William J. Armbruster, DVM
David Paul Bane, DVM, PhD
David A. Baumert, DVM
Lisa J. Becton, DVM
R. C. Ebert II, DVM
Mark A. Eisenhart, DVM
Patrick R. Fairbrother, DVM
Steven Feuerbach, DVM
Bradley R. Gramm, DVM
Michael R. Hannon, DVM, PhD
Karla Bauer Hart, DVM
Douglas D. King, DVM
John A. Korslund, DVM
Christopher E. Kuster, DVM, MS
Kelly M. Lager, DVM, PhD
James R. Lehman, DVM
Duane Curtis Long, DVM
James F. Lowe, DVM
Korb W. Maxwell, DVM
Dale William Mechler, DVM
Isabelle A. Moreau, DVM
Steven Moreland, DVM
Darrell L. Neuberger, DVM
Max T. Rodibaugh, DVM
Brian D. Roggow, DVM
Clifford F. Shipley, DVM, MS
Fred Sick, DVM
Alan Snodgrass, DVM
Dale A. Spindler, DVM
Kurt Van Hulzen, DVM
Alan Wildt, DVM
Marvin D. Wilke, DVM

Dr. Paul presents EVP certificateCEPS coordinator Dr. Allan Paul presents Dr. Greg Eckdale with an EVP graduation certificate.

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