Veterinary Management Institute® (VMI)

Gain innovative tools and resources you can immediately apply to improve your practice at AAHA's Veterinary Management Institute (VMI), now a completely virtual five-month program.

VMI is an executive-level leadership program that will challenge, inspire, and equip you - an experienced practice manager or owner - to succeed. 

“I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who's looking to further their career development and their professional learning,” said Courtney Hubrecht, hospital director at AAHA-accredited Four Seasons Veterinary Specialists in Loveland, Colorado, a recent graduate of the VMI. “The caliber of content and speakers was fantastic. The program structure allowed me to put the concepts I was learning into my daily practice at Four Seasons and share them with our team.” Read more from Hubrecht.

Program highlights:

  • Virtual education sessions occur live one weekend per month for five months and include self-paced assignments and a capstone project
  • The smaller, executive-level cohort format allows all participants to fully engage and participate, and helps you easily build a valuable peer network 
  • Industry-specific practice fundamentals cover finance and strategic HR, including team culture and building high-performing veterinary teams
  • Thought-provoking sessions cover innovation, video marketing in veterinary practices, strenths-based leadership, effective communication, creative decision-making, and the human-animal bond
  • Learning facilitators include the world-renowned Dr. Temple Grandin and experts from Colorado State University’s College of Business
  • 31 VHMA CVPM Qualified CE hour 
  • Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate to display their accomplishment.

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Classes start February 10, 2024

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Exclusive payment plan available

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


Additional Details

Monthly sessions are held live via the zoom platform. Instructions on how to join the meetings, will be sent via email after you have registered to the address provided.

All sessions will be conducted from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Mountain Time on the noted dates.

VMI Content Covered

  • Creative Decision Making, Innovation, and Adapting to Change
  • Building Effective Veterinary Teams
  • Veterinary Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Effective Communication
  • Connecting with Pet Owners Through Video
  • Veterinary Financial Management
  • Veterinary Inventory Management
  • Embracing Neurodiversity in veterinary Medicine
  • Animal Behavior and the Human Bond
  • Strategic Leadership and Strengths Based Leadership
  • AI and Social Media Marketing
  • Veterinary Team Culture and alleviating burnout
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Capstone Project

Required books and supplies are included in the cost of registration. Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate to display their accomplishment.

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September 1st– October 30th

October 31st - December 30th

December 31st – January 22nd

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session, January 15th, 2024, will receive a refund, minus a $150 administrative fee. Cancellations made between January 16th and March 8th, wherein the registration fee has been paid in full, will receive a refund of $2,000. Cancellations made between March 11th and April 12th, wherein the registration fee has been paid in full, will receive a refund of $1,000. No refunds will be given after April 13, 2024.

2024 Class dates

February 10th & 11th

9:00 am -1:00 pm (MST)

March 9th & 10th

9:00 am -1:00 pm (MST)

April 13th & 14th

9:00 am -1:00 pm (MST)

May 4th & 5th

9:00 am -1:00 pm (MST)

June 8th & 9th

9:00 am -1:00 pm (MST)

Sessions and Speakers




Creative Decision Making, Innovation, and Adapting to Change

Ed Goodman


Building Effective Veterinary Teams

Mary Waller


Veterinary Strategic Human Resource Management

Diane Zile


Practical for Practice: Communication tools for equipping your practice team

Jason Coe


Connecting with Pet Owners Through Video

Craig Spinks


Veterinary Financial Management

Beth Scott


Embracing Neurodiversity Veterinary Medicine

Temple Grandin


Strategic Leadership and Strengths Based Leadership

Therese Lask


Veterinary Inventory Management

Monica Dixon Perry


AI in Veterinary Medicine

Caitlyn DeWilde


The Art and Science of Positive Veterinary Leadership

Josh Vaisman


Veterinary Medical Record Keeping

Judy Rose Lanier



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VMI Overview

  • VMI is a 5-month-long online program that will require attention and time commitment on a monthly basis.
  • It is designed for the experienced practice manager (CVPM) and/or practice owner that is seeking an advanced-level continuing education experience.
  • AAHA and Colorado State University (CSU) has worked with each learning facilitator one-on-one to develop and implement the curriculum.
  • Upcoming sessions will be completely virtual. Monthly virtual sessions are held the first Saturday and Sunday of each month for 4 hours via Zoom. You will receive information to join each Zoom call via email.
  • Sessions will occur from 9 AM to 1 PM Mountain Time each Saturday and Sunday.
  • Students will develop new skills each month that they will apply during the virtual sessions. They are expected to complete online assignments between sessions at whatever time that is most convenient for them. These assignments will help them prepare for their next virtual session.
  • Students will be able to track their progress through CSU's Canvas platform.
  • Upon graduation, students will receive a certificate to display their accomplishment.


See what our past graduates have to say …