Continuing Education

Veterinary Public Health 2020 – A Meeting of the DVM/MPH Directors

Dates To Be Announced

University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Basic Sciences Building

2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
Urbana, IL 61802

Course Director

Dr. Will Sander, DVM, MPH, DACVPM
Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine and Public Health
Director, DVM/MPH Joint Degree Program
University of Illinois

  • Over the last 20 years, the number of joint or dual degree programs affording veterinary medical students the opportunity to also receive their master’s in public health has grown dramatically. With over 20 veterinary schools now offering this option, the University of Illinois would like to host all the leaders of these programs and related stakeholders to move the profession of veterinary public health forward together.

    Building on previous efforts, the symposium at University of Illinois aims to look at foundational knowledge and best practices in veterinary public health education; DVM/MPH graduate outcomes and careers; and future directions and current gaps in training. As a working symposium, we expect dialogue, brainstorming, and engagement throughout the two-day meeting. The agenda reflects this expectation with plenty of opportunities for small and large group idea exchange.

    Expected Outcomes

    • Framework of foundational knowledge and competencies in veterinary public health
    • Understanding of graduate outcomes across the United States
    • Variety of careers those graduates are employed in
    • Ideas for each program director to take back to improve their veterinary public health training
    • Guidelines started for improving career success and filling employment gaps for students
    • Tangible next steps as a collective to build on this symposium including the next meeting date (to be no less than 2 years from this meeting)

    Continuing Education

    Veterinarians who attend the entire event will be able to earn 12 CE credits for this event. Participants will receive continuing education verification at the end of the event. No partial CE will be awarded.

  • Day 1

    7:30 am – 8:00 amRegistration and Breakfast
    8:00 am – 8:15 amIntroductions, Table Assignments, and Purpose

    Section 1: Foundational Knowledge, Best Practices, and Courses

    8:15 am – 8:30 amFoundational Knowledge and Competencies
    8:30 am – 9:30 amSmall Group: Competencies
    9:30 am – 10:00 amLarge Group: Competencies
    10:00 am – 10:15 amBreak
    10:15 am – 10:45 amUnique Courses and Distance Learning
    10:45 am – 11:30 amSmall Group: Course Offerings and Approaches
    11:30 am – 12:00 pmLarge Group: Course Offerings and Database
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
    1:00 pm – 1:15 pmExtracurricular Experiences

    Section 2: Graduate Outcomes and Careers

    1:45 pm -2:15 pmGraduate Outcomes and Evolution of MPH Programs
    2:15 pm – 3:15 pmSmall Group: Graduate Outcomes and Aspects that Improved MPH Programs
    3:15 pm – 3:30 pmBreak
    3:30 pm – 4:15 pmLarge Group: How to Improve Graduate Outcomes
    4:15 pm – 5:00 pmPanel: Job Placement and Public Practice Sector Gaps
    5:15 pm – 7:00 pmReception (Location to be Announced)

    Day 2

    7:30 am – 8:00 amBreakfast
    8:00 am – 8:15 amSynopsis From Day 1 and New Groups
    8:15 am – 9:15 amSmall Group: Strategies to Improve Job Placement and Fill Gaps
    9:15 am – 10:00 amLarge Group: Job Placement and Potential Strategies into the Future
    10:00 am – 10:15 amBreak

    Section 3: Future Directions and Current Gaps in Training

    10:15 am – 10:30 amReflection from ACVPM
    10:30 am – 11:00 amEnvironmental Health and Global Health
    11:00 am – 12:00 pmSmall Group: Future Directions and Possible Areas for Training
    12:00 pm – 12:45 pmLunch
    12:45 pm – 1:15 pmLarge Group: List of Future Directions and Training
    1:15 pm – 2:00 pmLarge Group: Outstanding Items
  • Registration details will be updated as information is finalized.

    Cancellation Policy

    Written cancellation should be sent to by the registration deadline. We reserve the right to cancel sessions and to change speakers if necessary. In the event of cancellation, the University is not responsible for travel expenses in the event of a cancellation or date change.

  • Hotel details will be updated as information is finalized.

  • Event Location

    University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
    Basic Sciences Building
    2001 S. Lincoln Ave.
    Urbana, IL 61802


    Complimentary self parking is available at the Basic Sciences Building. Details will be distributed to registrants closer to the event date.

Questions, email the Office of Public Engagement at  or call 217-333-2907.