Veterinary Practice Management Program

VPMP Frequently Asked Questions

What are the prerequisites for this program?

Purdue's Veterinary Practice Management Program is intended for veterinarians; veterinary practice technicians and technologists; veterinary students; and practice/clinic managers. There is no minimum number of a years a VPMP participant must have worked in one of these roles, and an undergraduate degree is not required.

How do I know if this is the right program for me?

Please visit our website, vet.purdue.edu/vpmp for details on the program and to read what recent VPMP alumni have to say about the program. For more help in deciding if VPMP is right for you, reach out to program manager Cara Cray at 765-496-6166 or vpmp@purdue.edu. Cara is ready to answer your questions and to help you through the registration process.

Can I take this program online?

This is not an online program. We believe there are great benefits to gathering with fellow professionals and learning together in a classroom setting.

Will I be certified as a Veterinary Practice Manager at the end of this program?

VPMP participants receive Continuing Education Credits for completion of each module. If you satisfactorily complete all four modules you'll receive a Veterinary Practice Management Program Certificate from the Krannert School of Management and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue. You will not be certified as a Veterinary Practice Manager. However, all VPMP courses are applicable toward the continuing education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.

What will I learn in VPMP?

The program is organized into four modules, each focusing on a crucial topic. They are: Human Resources Management; Accounting and Financial Management; Marketing Management; and Strategic Thinking. This graduate-level instruction on core management issues intends to better equip you to develop the business side of your animal care practice. A business-savvy, profitable practice ensures you and your team can continue the work you love: caring for animals.

What is included in the tuition?

  • Instruction from top faculty and guest speakers
  • Class materials
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks each day
  • Networking receptions
  • Campus parking pass

What is not included?

Lodging is not included in the VPMP fee. VPMP participants typically lodge in Purdue's Union Club Hotel, conveniently located across the street from Krannert Center. Contact the Union directly to make reservations; ask for the VPMP block.

What are VPMP's lasting benefits?

  • New skills and knowledge specific to your industry and challenges
  • Learn from and network with professionals in your field from across the country
  • Professional development program certificate of completion from Purdue University
  • As a VPMP alum, you can re-take any module in the future for half-price
  • If you complete VPMP and then enroll in a Purdue Executive MBA program within 18 months, we'll deduct the amount you paid for the certificate program from the cost of the degree program.

CVPMAll courses in this program are applicable toward the continuing education requirement for the Certified Veterinary Practice Manager program offered by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.