EVP classroom


The Executive Veterinary Program
enhances the business, management,
and medical skills of veterinarians.

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) was developed in 1991 as a series of comprehensive interdisciplinary certificate programs intended to enhance the business, management, and medical skills of veterinarians. With these new abilities, veterinarians are able to better meet the expanding challenges of the veterinary profession. It is the purpose of the Executive Veterinary Program to enhance the management, consultative, and problem-solving skills of veterinarians working in the ever-changing industry.

Leaders in the field of veterinary medicine helped shape the early program. Individuals from a cross-discipline of academia, industry, private practice, and membership-based associations representing the veterinary profession assumed the task of developing an innovative new program designed to develop leaders in the veterinary profession. The Executive Veterinary Program has garnered the reputation among those in the profession as a top-notch continuing education program.

“EVP’s comprehensive program helped me tremendously to enhance my veterinary skills. Highly recommended!”
Former EVP attendee
“I’ve been a veterinarian for twenty years and this program is fantastic! I wish I had found it earlier in my career.”
Class of 2003 EVP Graduate
“EVP is one part of a path to being more than just successful.”
Graduate of EVP Class of 1980
“For me, the most beneficial aspect of EVP was the networking!”
Former EVP Graduate
“The biggest benefit I received from the EVP program was getting to listen to different viewpoints topics that affect our industry.”
Recent EVP graduate

“What a tremendous learning and networking venue. My advice to anyone considering this program is, “Just do it!” You will never regret that decision, guaranteed. For me, it was the networking and connecting with colleagues that I will always cherish.”

Dr. Darin Madson, Horizons EVP Class '16


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.

Program Goals

  • To provide a beneficial and highly-motivating educational experience for veterinarians with an interest in improving their effectiveness;
  • To serve as a network that enhances the sharing of ideas among veterinarians and that promotes dialogue on issues critical to the changing industry;
  • To raise the qualifications and abilities of practicing veterinarians to provide a higher level of service to the industry;
  • To stimulate interest in current and developing career opportunities; and
  • To improve the physical and financial performance of the profession given concerns for the environment, animal welfare, and wholesome products for society.

Program Organization

Offered in a continuing education format, the Executive Veterinary Program is a comprehensive interdisciplinary certificate program distinct from many traditional post-DVM graduate or continuing education programs. The Executive Veterinary Program instructors are nationally-recognized experts in the field, from both academia and industry. Handouts, reading, and practical assignments for individuals and groups are determined by the instructors. The Executive Veterinary Program is not simply a rehash of traditional graduate-style programs; it is intended to provide practical executive management skills valuable to veterinarians who are destined to become leaders in the profession.

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