Veterinary Management Institute (VMI): Program Objective and Features
The VMI program offers four primary objectives for veterinarians and practice team managers. The first is to increase the knowledge base for effective decision-making and on-the-job performance with an integrated series of management courses designed to increase overall managerial effectiveness.
The second objective is to improve the profitability and quality of the participants' businesses by providing state-of-the-art management techniques, tools, and skills in areas particularly relevant to the practicing veterinarian and practice team manager. These areas concentrate in human resource management, financial management and marketing management.
The third objective is to promote the importance of long-term, strategic thinking by providing the participants with the training and planning skills that are essential for preparing a practice for the future.
The fourth objective is to study real-world business issues in a stimulating, interactive academic setting. VMI participants develop a broader understanding of the competitive environment in which veterinarians operate by exploring the problems and opportunities emerging from a rapidly changing industry, and they interact and share experiences with veterinary colleagues to learn ways to cope with commonly shared management issues.
AAHA and Purdue University are recognized leaders in providing high-quality, continuing professional education. This tradition is carried on in AAHA's Veterinary Management Institute, a management development program that identifies and addresses key areas in management education and training common to veterinary professionals.
The Veterinary Management Institute program...
- Features three days of intensive instruction using an experienced, specialized faculty in each of four management areas--human resources, finance, marketing, and strategic planning.
- Emphasizes analytical skills that have practical application to decision making in the veterinary practice. Business case presentations, used extensively as an instructional vehicle, reinforce the program's applied orientation.
- Provides frequent opportunities for productive interaction with practitioners and practice team decision-makers representing a broad range of veterinary businesses and geographic locations.
- Accommodates the unique business needs of a practice team with convenient Friday-Saturday-Sunday seminars that minimize time away from the practice on weekdays and maximize the benefits to participants of weekend travel discounts.
- Awards program participants with 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completion of each module. Participants satisfactorily completing all four modules in the program series receive the Certificate in Veterinary Practice Administration presented jointly by the American Animal Hospital Association and Purdue University.
- Offers the opportunity to attend casual, evening clinical updates. These updates feature state-of-the-art medical topics at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital and are designed to be informative without requiring a DVM/VMD degree.
- Utilizes the facilities of Purdue University's West Lafayette, Indiana, campus and the Krannert Center for Executive Education and Research. The Krannert Center features comfortably appointed, arena-style classrooms, smaller study rooms for break-out group interaction, comfortable lounges, and state-of-the-art audio-visual and computer equipment.