EVP in Swine Health Management

Join the Distinguished Alumni of EVP Swine

This current offering of the Executive Veterinary Program in Swine Health Management builds on the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s award-winning Executive Veterinary Program (EVP) series of executive programs. EVP was developed in 1991 to enhance the business, communication, and planning skills of busy animal health professionals. Since that time, 225 of the top swine industry veterinarians from throughout the world have benefited from the program as well as managers in the swine industry that have completed the Executive Pork Producers Program.

The Executive Veterinary Program addresses essential skills for excellence in swine health management. The objective of EVP is to enhance the diagnostic, management, leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills of leaders in the pork industry.

Class of 2016
EVP: Swine Health Management -- Horizons Class


Why EVP at Illinois?

2016 EVP Certificate
Dr. Jim Lowe (L), Dr. Clayton Johnson (C), and Dr. Larry Firkins (R).

Dr. Larry Firkins and Dr. Jim Lowe, both graduates of the Executive Veterinary Program, have spent their careers in the pork industry as veterinarians, educators, and business consultants. They bring a unique set of skills gained from working in and with some of the most progressive pork production companies in North America. Their work on swine health and management issues has resulted in serving the global swine industry in 20 countries. Dr. Firkins is the recognized leader for training livestock producers in human resource and leadership skills. Dr. Lowe’s practical experience in teaching, consulting, and managing pork production systems brings a pragmatic, get-it-done perspective to practical business problems. Together they have developed an educational program that reflects their diverse experiences to benefit swine veterinarians in an increasingly competitive market.



Program Modules

August 1-2, 2019
The foundation of improving medical and production outcomes is using the available data to extract the most value.
October 3-4, 2019
Both the occurrence of disease and its detection are influenced by the choices we make as animal caregivers. In this module we will explore techniques and approaches to improving animal confidence and disease detection that lead to lower morbidity, lower case fatality rates and fewer worker injuries.
December 5-6, 2019
Many other industries have adopted systematic systems to design, implement and measure management plans for their businesses.
February 6-7, 2020
You’ve probably been asked to be more “data driven.” But where do you start? Having more data doesn’t necessarily make you a better decision-maker. In fact, excess data may be slowing you down.
October 7-8, 2021
PRRS reigns as the most elusive, complex, and economically devastating disease concern for North American pork producers today.
December 2-3, 2021
To be effective as veterinarians, we must get work done through others.
April 7-8, 2022
Use real-world examples—complete with constraints and incomplete information found in real-world scenarios—and imagine what you would do in each situation.
June 2-3, 2022
In order to maximize disease treatments and design effective treatment programs, you need to fully understand and improve the host’s response to disease challenges.
July 21-22, 2022
This module will focus on understanding the evolving role of veterinarians in the swine industry in order to create a path of strategic intent.
September 8-9, 2022
We live in an ever changing world where our customers have different attribute based demands for the food that they buy than they did in the past.

Program Registration

Tuition for registrations placed by May 5, 2019, is $9,000; a deposit of $500 is required at the time of registration. Tuition for registrations placed after May 5, 2019, is $10,000; a deposit of $1,500 is due at the time of registration. The balance is payable in five installments of $1,700 each on:

  • Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • Thursday, August 6, 2020
  • Thursday, December 3, 2020

Continuing Education

Program attendees will earn 12-13 hours CE at each module, for a total of 130 hours CE over the course of the program.


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