If you are currently working in the veterinary industry and are interested in advancing in your career or if you have been searching for a way to incorporate a love of animals and an interest in business and management into a meaningful and rewarding job, veterinary practice management may be a viable career option. There are many educational resources that those considering a career in management or those interested in refining their skills can pursue. These include formal training programs, continuing education, and timely information presented in webinars and online. Much of this material can be found and reviewed on the VHMA website.
In addition to educational programs, there are veterinary management books, trade magazines, and benchmarking tools available, as well as associations, commissions, and organizations.
For managers new to the veterinary profession, the VHMA offers a Mentor Program, that pairs managers with mentors who provide one-on-one assistance, support, guidance, and career advice on an as-needed basis.
For experienced veterinary managers, the VHMA offers a certification program, The Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) certification. Certificants must demonstrate proficiency with industry standards for knowledge, skills, and competencies and commit to ongoing recertification.