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Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader

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Developing leaders at the intersection of public health and veterinary science is a pressing need. Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader combines the knowledge and experience of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine to help veterinarians refine their leadership skills to address the most pressing global issues that affect animals and humans: zoonotic diseases, food security, and disaster preparedness.

Executive Veterinary Leadership Program Highlights & Benefits

  • Learn, understand, and apply a variety of tools to expand the profession’s impact on the well-being of animals and society
  • Achieve an authentic voice as a global leader
  • Engage in decision-making with human and veterinary public health professionals
  • Develop and lead effective partnerships geared toward environmental stewardship
  • Communicate effectively about policy and legal issues relevant to public health
  • Identify opportunities to advance the frontiers of veterinary medicine

Experience & Impact

A partnership of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and the Wharton School, Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader enables participants to discover new ways to get involved in promoting global public health and animal productivity while also learning how veterinarians can influence public policy.

Wharton faculty, led by Joan Hendricks, the Gilbert S. Kahn Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Kathy Pearson, adjunct senior fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help you develop the skills to be a global leader in veterinary science in the context of public health.

Emphasizing the importance of effective persuasion and communications, this program offers an unprecedented opportunity to bring together diverse leaders on the front lines of veterinary science and public health.

Session topics include:

  • The Challenge of Critical Thinking
  • Managing Uncertainty
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Legal Issues and Advocating for Veterinary Medicine
  • Working Across Boundaries
  • Marketing Leadership

Through highly interactive lectures, exercises, and case studies, both in the classroom and in smaller work groups, this leadership program will prepare you to:

  • Gain key frameworks, approaches, and knowledge to improve your ability to inspire and lead social change
  • Ensure that your decision-making process addresses the right problems and involves the right people
  • Identify and remove barriers to your ability to influence and persuade others
  • Learn to recognize and move beyond the limitations of organizational silos
  • Build a professional network of peers to gain multiple perspectives, explore ideas, and discuss challenges

Who should attend

Penn Executive Veterinary Leadership Program: Making an Impact as a Global Health Leader is customized for current and aspiring veterinary executives or leaders. Participants come from across the profession, across industries, and around the globe; all share a desire to hone and refine their individual leadership skills and get more involved in veterinary public health issues at the regional, national, or global level. Some examples of positions held by past participants include:

  • Veterinarians in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Academic faculty members
  • Government decision-makers (FDA, CDC, USDA, state, county)
  • International (OIE, World Bank, UN)
  • Retail sector representatives
  • Directors of associations
  • Members of VMAs (state associations) and AVMA
  • Veterinary Management Groups (VMGs)
  • Large-practice owners (>10 practitioners)
  • Veterinary business consultants/advisors
  • Animal Hospital Association staff and members


Professor Nancy Rothbard received her A.B. from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She is the David Pottruck Professor of Management and Chair, Management Department, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Prior to joining the f...
Dr. Joan C. Hendricks became the 12th dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She is the third female dean of a veterinary school in the United States. Dr. Hendricks has served on the faculty of the School for more than 20 years. In 2001, she became the first woman to hold an endowed p...
David's special interests are group and intergroup relations. From 1977 to 1992, he was a professor at the Yale School of Organization and Management (SOM), where he taught courses in organizational behavior, group dynamics, and organizational diagnosis. In 1990, he received the SOM Alumni Award ...
Dr. Niedermeier’s research focuses on the social cognitive elements of consumer decision-making. His specific research interests involve mental simulation, counterfactual thinking, regret, and the role of possessions in consumers’ self-concept. Dr. Niedermeier has published in the Journal of Pers...
Professor Patti Williams' research examines ways consumers' emotional responses influence consumption and persuasion. Her current research projects focus on how emotions influence consumer decisions and processes of persuasion; consumer responses to emotional and attitudinal ambivalence; emotion ...


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