Continuing Education

Executive Veterinary Program™

Office of Public Engagement

3505 Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building, MC-002
2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802
P: (217) 333-2907
F: (217) 333-4628

Lawrence D. Firkins, DVM, MS, MBA Associate Dean for Public Engagement

Current EVP offerings

Swine Health Management

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EVP participant


About EVP

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.

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.

Admission Requirements

A doctor of veterinary medicine degree with at least two years of work experience are prerequisites for participation.

  • Since 1991 the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine has offered the Executive Veterinary Program™ (EVP) certificate in swine health management. The program was developed to enhance the business, communication and strategic planning skills of veterinarians while fitting into their busy schedules. In 1993, the College received the Merck Agvet Award for Creativity in Education for its innovative approach to filling a deficit in the education of veterinarians.

    Recognizing a need for such training in other segments of the industry, the College expanded the program in 1998 to include a certificate in small animal health management. The addition of this certificate program allowed for more veterinarians from around the country to experience personal and professional development in the areas of industry trends, communication, leadership, economics and finance, marketing, legal and ethical issues, public health concerns and strategic planning.

    The College continues to expand the Executive Veterinary Program by exploring areas of specialty within veterinary medicine. The first EVP in Small Animal Ultrasound began in 2011.

  • The pioneers of the first Small Animal Executive Veterinary Program™ class (2000) added yet another first to its list of achievements when they initiated the Small Animal EVP™ Award. To give something back to the profession and encourage others to expand their professional skills, the class created the endowment that provides an annual award of $500 to a deserving University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine third- or fourth-year veterinary student.

    Details about the award can be obtained from the Office of Advancement.