Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Management Institute provides business training at CSU

June 5, 2014

Practicing veterinarians are periodically gathering on the Colorado State University campus for continuing education through the Veterinary Management Institute, a program of the American Animal Hospital Association that offers training in business and financial management for industry professionals.

Dr. Jane Shaw, a CSU veterinarian, provides training in veterinary communication skills with clients.

The 25-year-old institute moved from its longtime home base at Purdue University and partnered with CSU for the first time this year. The program now is delivered through the Center for Professional Development and Business Research, housed in the CSU College of Business.

Also contributing is the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, home of the No. 3-ranked veterinary school in the nation. Featured among the regular presenters is Dr. Jane Shaw, a CSU veterinarian and faculty member who is known as an international expert in veterinary communication with clients.

Michael T. Cavanaugh, a veterinarian and CEO of the American Animal Hospital Association, said institute participants have been pleased with the program and its new home at CSU.

“We’ve gotten quite a bit of positive feedback from people saying they’ve enjoyed traveling to Fort Collins and have had a positive experience at CSU,” he said.

A good fit

Participants engage in classroom session on the CSU campus.CSU was picked as the institute’s new home because the alliance is a good fit: The university offers a more extensive DVM and MBA program, and is near the association’s headquarters in Lakewood.

Each of the institute’s continuing-education courses spans 10 months, with coursework delivered online and through three on-campus sessions. 

Dr. James Custis, a radiation oncologist, gives participants a tour of the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.The first cohort attending the institute through CSU includes about three dozen participants from veterinary practices in 17 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, said Felicia Zamora, assistant director for the Center for Professional Development and Business Research. In addition to veterinarians, they include technicians, practice managers and consultants.

Instructors include CSU business and veterinary faculty, as well as industry leaders from across the country. The content they deliver is designed to help veterinary professionals grow their practices, with an emphasis on strategic decision-making, service marketing, financial management, staff training, and supervision and conflict management.

Participants earn credits that may be applied to CSU’s Online Professional MBA.

For more information and to register for courses, visit the Veterinary Management Institute page on the College of Business' website.