Test Preparation Program

CVPM Test Preparation Program

Program Overview

VHMA is excited to offer a unique Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) Test Preparation Study Program that is tailored to managers pursuing CVPM certification, as well as those interested in career advancement and refining and expanding their skills.

The CVPM Test Preparation Study Program supports learning through an organized and facilitated study group. The program is indispensable to veterinary practice managers preparing for the CVPM examination, new managers looking for a comprehensive introduction to management concepts, as well as experienced managers interested in a thorough review and update of management principles.

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The program covers the five essential management domains identified by the CVPM program: Human Resources, Law and Ethics, Marketing, Organization of the Practice and Finance.

The program outline, content and assignments are developed directly from the CVPM Task Analysis Outline and Recommended Reading List. Participants receive a print copy of the CVPM Preparation Workbook to guide them through the course (included in the registration price). The Workbook is a valuable reference document even after the course concludes. Participants are individually responsible to purchase the resources on the Recommended Reading List separate from the course registration. We encourage you to purchase those resources as soon as you register so that you are ready when the program starts, THIS PROGRAM HAS SIGNIFICANT READING ASSIGNMENTS.

The course emphasizes general veterinary management concepts and content common to both U.S. and Canadian practices, which is essential to build a strong foundation and in-depth understanding of management principles. Please note that while only U.S. federal law is addressed in the course, the CVPM Preparation Workbook does provide a list of Canadian federal laws managers should be aware of. (The CVPM program offers U.S. and Canadian applicable examination forms.)

When & Where

The program will run for eleven (11) weeks, and will meet live online for 90 minutes each week. All meetings will be held on Saturdays at 8:00 a.m. PST.

  • Saturday, July 27, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, August 10, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, August 24, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, August 31, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019, 8:00 - 9:30 am PST

Meeting Information

Each meeting will include:

  • An assignment in the CVPM Preparation Workbook
  • Reading assignments from publications on the CVPM Recommended Reading List
  • A quiz after each section to help you test your knowledge and reinforce understanding

Program participants have the added benefit of sharing questions, answers and other resources through a private online community. All discussion will be held in the online community. Given the extensive amount of material that will be covered during the 90 minute monthly presentations, the sessions will focus on course material only.

Weekly sessions will be recorded for those unable to attend a session. All program materials are available to candidates beyond the program dates so that CVPM candidates can continue their studies

Continuing Education Hours

A total of 15 continuing education credit hours are available to participants (1.5 hours per live weekly session - no credit for the first session as it is an introduction). Attendance is taken at each live weekly study session. Total hours awarded is reflective of the live sessions attended. Continuing education hours awarded for this program are applicable toward the CVPM program's continuing education requirement.

Although attendance is not mandatory, participation in the regular weekly study sessions ensures that participants don't fall behind on reading and work assignments, helps to ensure that participants are focused, responsible and advancing their efforts.


Headshot of Jessie Merritt

The program will be facilitated by Jessie Merritt, CVPM. Jessie has been a member of the VHMA since 2004 and has served on both the membership committee and the board of directors. She earned her CVPM designation in 2009 and her SPHR in 2015. Jessie has been the practice manager of a four-doctor AAHA certified small animal and avian practice in a suburb of Portland Oregon since 2002. Prior to her current position she gained valuable experience in large, small and exotic practices in several locations across the country. She has written a number of articles and blogs for various veterinary professional publications and has also presented lectures on the topics of team building, human resources, and the financial strategies of running a successful veterinary practice.

Jessie’s personal life is spent with four dogs, numerous chickens and turkeys who all manage to coexist on a small bit of acreage in the countryside of Washington State.


Participation in the VHMA CVPM Test Preparation Study Program is not required to earn the CVPM credential, and participation does not guarantee that you will pass the CVPM examination.

There is no one recommended method to best prepare for the CVPM examination. Each candidate must determine what works best for them based on their own educational background, practice experience, and best learning style. Networking or study groups have become a great resource for many applicants. The ability to review material with others who are pursuing similar goals can be very rewarding and motivating. It will be up to you to determine how you will get the most out of a study group. We feel this program will provide you with much needed resources to compliment your other study methods.

Material presented has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice.


Program Fees

  • VHMA members $525
  • Non-members $625*

Included in the registration cost:

*For non-members the registration rate includes a VHMA membership for the remainder of the current year (a $235 value).

Please note, the resources on the Recommended Reading List are not included in the registration fee. Participants are individually responsible to obtain those resources separately. These resources should be obtained before the sessions start.

Participation is limited to twenty-five (25) managers per study group. The VHMA plans to offer this program at least annually. If interest is warranted a second group maybe offered.