The VBMA offers business education to help shape the modern veterinary business professional. VBMA members have the opportunity to complete the Business Certificate and/or the Business Certificate with Honors depending on which program(s) are offered by the individual chapter’s executive board.
Completion of the Business Certificate optimizes the individual strengths of each student and helps foster a productive career in veterinary medicine as an employee or employer. Through interactive lectures, workshops and events outside of the rigorous veterinary school curriculum, the Business Certificate graduate embraces the concepts of business and personal finance, management skills, emotional intelligence, marketing, and more. The Business Certificate is founded on the following four pillars:
- BUSINESS FINANCE
- BUSINESS OPERATIONS, MANAGEMENT, OWNERSHIP
- BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SKILLS
- CAREER AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Business Certificate with Honors, is attained by the student who wishes to complete the Business Certificate with additional credit hours and do everything possible to prepare for entry into the job market with advanced training in communications, leadership, and business. This program allows for creativity and adaptability to individual interests, yet serves as a tangible means to display the student’s desire to learn what is not traditionally taught in the veterinary curriculum. By having practicing veterinarians and industry professionals evaluate the portfolios, students gain invaluable insight into how they can achieve their greatest potential as a well-rounded veterinary professional upon graduation. One of the unique attributes of the Business Certificate with Honors is this ability to network with these top industry professionals.
To ensure that VBMA chapters consistently deliver the highest caliber of graduates, the national Business Certificate curriculum is utilized by all participating veterinary school chapters. Completion of the Business Certificate demonstrates that a student made a concentrated effort to become competent in the essentials of veterinary business.
Check out the Business Certificate and Business Certificate with Honors curriculum! Interested in joining your VBMA chapter and starting to earn credit hours towards your Business Certificate? Contact your local chapter’s executive board today to get started!
THE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE WITH HONORS
requires a minimum of 32 hours of credit (8 hours in each of the four main pillars), as well as the completion of an Honors Portfolio. The Honors Portfolio contains constituents of each of the four pillars of the BCP and requires a passing score as evaluated by a qualified industry professional providing the student with valuable individualized feedback before entry into the veterinary profession.
THE GOLD CERTIFICATE
is composed of 32 hours of credit (8 hours in each of the four main pillars) and is currently only available to members of the class of 2018 or earlier as the Business Certificate with Honors has become the more advanced certificate option. ***The Gold Certificate is only available to members of the class of 2018 and above***
THE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE
(formerly the SILVER CERTIFICATE)
is composed of 16 hours of credit (4 hours in each of the four main pillars).
A limited amount of BCP requirements can be completed in core and elective courses provided at each veterinary school. Chapter officers can inform interested students which courses and number of hours can be counted towards BCP completion.
Additionally, a limited amount of BCP requirements can be completed by business-focused externships completed during veterinary school. These externships must be approved by the National Business Certificate Director in order to receive credit. Please click here for the Business Focused Externship Application.