Now, EVP, the premier credential for advanced swine veterinarians, is open to an international audience.

  • Affordable four-week (two weeks in June, two weeks in January) residential course in Champaign, Illinois, USA (2½ hours by car from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago)
  • Close interaction with top swine professors from the USA
  • Active-learning classrooms, problem-solving exercises, practical laboratories, and team projects, leading to mastery of swine health management

EVP Swine Health Management – International

Course Dates

  • Module 1: June 3 to 14, 2019
  • Module 2: January 6 to 17, 2020

Course Location

University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, USA

Course Fee

$8,500 USD (early registration fee,) includes all materials for the certificate program plus weekend excursions.


Participants are welcome to secure their own housing for the duration of both two-week courses. Alternatively, we will arrange housing for you as either single or double-occupancy.

Course Languages

All lectures will be presented in English. Materials may be translated to other languages if needed.

EVP Faculty Members and Guest Speakers

  • Brian Aldridge, Bob Easter, Mike Ellis, Jim Lowe, and Rob Knox, UIUC
  • Mike Apley and Steve Dritz, Kansas State University
  • Chris Chase, South Dakota State
  • Phil Gauger, Iowa State University
  • Mike Brum, Brum Consulting
  • Joe Connor, international swine consultant, Carthage, Illinois

Summary of Content Addressed

  • Practical nutrition for the swine veterinarian
  • Interpreting results of serology tests, histopathology, and other diagnostics
  • Developing vaccine programs
  • Using antibiotics to control disease
  • Ventilation management
  • Managing porcine respiratory disease complex and other major diseases of swine
  • Managing swine reproduction
  • Managing neo-natal diarrhea

What is the Executive Veterinary Program?

More than 220 North American swine veterinarians have earned the prestigious Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) credential over the past 25 years.

EVP graduates are elite swine practitioners:

  • 18 have served as president of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians
  • The most recent EVP class included veterinarians who oversee the health of 40% of all pigs produced in the United States.

Why should I enroll in this certificate program?

EVP Swine Health Management – International is designed exclusively for active swine veterinarians who work in the rapidly growing and emerging global swine industry. You will study core health management practices that are used successfully around the world. Top professors will engage you in the learning process, so you gain a thorough and deep understanding of both the principles and their application to swine farms in your country.

How will this program impact my farm’s productivity?

You will return to your practice with enhanced skills in these areas:

  • Systematically identifying health and management problems on your farm
  • Using data to develop and monitor intervention and treatment plans
  • Implementing disease-prevention strategies that will be effective on your farm
  • Analyzing and adjusting farm management practices to improve health status of pigs

World-Class Speakers

Brian Aldridge
Brian AldridgeClinical Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Phil Gauger
Phil GaugerAssociate Professor, Veterinary Diagnostic & Production Animal Medicine
Chris Chase
Chris ChaseProfessor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Jim Lowe
Jim LoweAssociate Professor, Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Steve Dritz
Steve DritzProfessor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Mike Apley
Mike Apley Professor, Production Medicine/Clinical Pharmacology
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Learning Themes

EVP Swine Health Management – International is organized around four learning themes: Thinking, Biology, Management, and Tools. Together these themes form a framework that will facilitate a deep understanding, enabling the learner to apply his new knowledge to improving health management of swine facilities.

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Problem-solving is at the core of what swine veterinarians do. Our program makes it possible to increase one’s effectiveness as a problem-solver by systematically gathering and analyzing facts.

In the thinking theme, we will demonstrate several approaches to gathering facts in both medical and production situations and then organizing these facts in a way that increases the effectiveness of problem-solving. Participants will master a robust set of problem-solving techniques to be applied at the individual animal level, the population level, and the system level.

Medicine, whether animal or human, is the application of biology to solve health problems. Disease, particularly infectious disease, is not merely the presence of the pathogen; it is also an indicator of the host organism’s ability to maintain homeostasis in the presence of that pathogen.

This course will explore the core principles of maintaining homeostasis for each of the major organ systems. It will address how pathogens interact with the host organism to disrupt homeostasis, resulting in disease. The biology theme will give participants a clinical understanding of biology that will increase their ability to diagnose, treat, and make prognoses for individual animals and groups of animals.

Today swine are reared in complex systems that rely on people and machines. Disruptions in swine management systems have significant consequences on animal health and productivity.

In the management theme, participants will gain an understanding of the principles of ventilation and swine nutrition and how to optimize management practices to improve animal health and productivity.

The tools theme will explore how to detect disease, measure the occurrence of disease, use tools to prevent disease, and develop strategies to control disease once it occurs. Participants will leave this with a robust understanding of diagnostic tools, vaccine strategies, and antibiotic and therapeutic interventions that can be applied in real-life swine production systems.