A combined training program is being developed under the auspices of the Wharton School of Economics and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The goal of this program is to provide a unique training opportunity for veterinarians that integrates the underlying principles of animal health and economics in livestock production systems. Students completing this combined program will be awarded a Wharton MBA and a Certificate in Production Medicine and will be well qualified for employment opportunities in government, international trade, industry and academia.
Through the Wharton MBA program, basic fundamental skills and principles in economics, finance, financial and cost accounting, marketing, and operations research will be covered along with courses in competitive strategy. Each individual will develop a comprehensive livestock production system project (Advance Study Project) with sponsoring faculty at the Center for Animal Health and Productivity (CAHP) in the School of Veterinary Medicine. This Project will allow for exploration of applications of economic principles in animal production systems.
The program requires 2.5 years. During the first 2 years the student is enrolled in the Wharton MBA program or the Wharton Executive MBA program (WEMBA). While enrolled in this program, the students will meet on a routine basis with sponsoring faculty in the Center for Animal Health and Productivity to develop the Advanced Study Project. Completion of the project will occur during the last 6 months under the auspices of faculty in the Center for Animal Health and Productivity.
Candidates for this program must have successfully completed a VMD degree or equivalent and have had practical field experience. Candidates must be accepted by a Wharton MBA program and by a sponsoring faculty group in the Center for Animal Health and Productivity at the School of Veterinary Medicine.
A fellowship stipend will be awarded to candidates who are accepted into the programs and who maintain qualifying academic status. Efforts to secure additional support will be made on an as needed basis.