Veterinary Management Institute (VMI)

Beyond the ordinary veterinary management education

Veterinary Management Institute® (VMI) is an executive-level, veterinary-specific management program that will take even the most seasoned manager’s skills to a higher level.

The perfect combination of online and in-person learning led by accomplished, expert learning facilitators in conjunction with Colorado State University’s College of Business, VMI goes beyond what other veterinary management courses offer. You’ll grow personally and professionally in an engaging learning environment that fosters continued growth and improvement. VMI evolves along with the ever-changing veterinary industry, equipping you with relevant skills that you can implement immediately.

Plus, VMI provides 63 in-person CE hours plus up to 21 self-paced online CE hours, allowing you to meet the CVPM CE credit hour requirement through a single educational program.

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Who should attend VMI?

VMI is recommended for:

  • Practice owners and managers with three to five years of experience
  • Practice team leaders with three to five years of experience in another leadership or management-oriented role
  • Team members with three to five years of relevant experience who want to become leaders in their practice

Attendees should have the following knowledge base and information access:

  • A basic understanding of their practice’s finances and chart of accounts
  • A basic understanding of how to read profit and loss statements
  • Access to their practice’s financial information (while this is not a requirement, it will be helpful during VMI's financial sessions)

Program timeline

  • VMI is a 10-month-long program that will require attention and time commitment on a monthly basis
  • The in-person portion of the program is made up of three 2.5–day sessions running Thursday through Saturday and are typically held in the months of February, June, and November
  • Once a month, attendees will be assigned one online module that will take approximately three hours to complete
  • Attendees are expected to work on their capstone projects throughout the duration of the program, approximately one or two hours per month

Program overview

In-person session 1

February 13–15, 2020 (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • Creative Decisionmaking, Innovation, and Adapting to Change
  • Veterinary Leadership: Collaborations on Culture
  • Business Strategy and Processes
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Value Creation in Veterinary Practices


In-person session 2

June 18–20, 2020 (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • The Art of Services Marketing
  • Inventory Management and ABC Analysis
  • Veterinary Financial Management
  • Optional tour of Guardian Pet Aquamation (Loveland, Colorado)
  • Tour of the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital


In-person session 3

November 19–21, 2020 (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado)
  • Lean Management
  • Inventory Management and ABC Analysis Results
  • Developing Effective Communication Skills and Handling Difficult Conversations
  • Strategic Leadership and Strengths-Based Leadership


2020 online sessions (available March–May and July–October)

  • Veterinary Practice Success
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Practice Culture
  • Human Resources
  • Additional topics may be added based on feedback and group needs

Online modules

  • Monthly online modules require attendees to watch recordings, take specified courses, read related articles, and submit a worksheet upon completion
  • Two or three books will be assigned as required reading; attendees will be expected to answer related questions on a monthly basis
  • Attendees are expected to join a closed Facebook group to connect with fellow participants and engage in community discussions; discussion participation is required

Capstone project

At the completion of the program, each attendee will present a capstone project.

  • The capstone project requires attendees to identify a specific challenge in their current work environment, compose a solution, and put that solution in place
  • The capstone project assumes that attendees have the ability to make decisions and affect change in their practice, so it is recommended that participants focus on a challenge they can directly impact
  • The capstone should be formulated throughout the 10-month duration of VMI
  • In the final session of VMI, attendees will present their capstone to classmates and should be prepared to answer questions and engage in a group discussion

Get an inside look at what you can expect to experience at VMI

Exclusive payment plan available

A payment plan is available for this program. Please contact AAHA at 800-252-2242 for details.

Meet the CVPM requirement

With 63 in-person and up to 21 online CE hours, VMI allows you to meet the CVPM CE credit hour requirement through a single educational program.

“VMI was a great learning experience. Not only will it help me in my veterinary management role, but it will also help me personally. The communication, leadership, and culture modules were very educational and applicable to veterinary practice. The friendships made will be long-lasting. Overall, VMI should be considered a ‘must-do’ continuing education experience.”

2018 VMI graduate