November 01, 2016


 Students can get a crash course in practice ownership

​Posted Oct. 12, 2016

Veterinary students looking for in-depth business training can spend a week or more this summer learning from business and industry experts and having discussions related to financial topics and business ownership.

Since 2014, Live Oak Bank has hosted groups of five students at a time at its Wilmington, North Carolina, headquarters for a short-course on business ownership. The Veterinary Student Summer Program is designed to be a hands-on learning experience with real-life scenarios for the students who are selected to participate.

The goal is to engage participants in a variety of activities—all intended to elevate their business acumen, impart what it means to be a practice owner, and equip them with knowledge and skills to be successful at running a practice. Veterinary students have discussions with business experts on topics such as business finance, practice management, marketing, communications, leadership, business models, and lessons learned from the hundreds of veterinary practices the bank has financed.

The 2017 program sessions are as follows:

  • One-week sessions: June 26-30 and July 10-14
  • Two-week sessions: May 22-June 2 and July 31-Aug 11

The program is open to all veterinary students in good standing with their universities and the Veterinary Business Management Association. No business experience is required. The two-week program is designed especially for students who need the program to count for credit during the clinical phase of their training; however, any student in good standing can apply for those sessions. The program is overseen by a licensed veterinarian. Participation and lodging expenses are covered by Live Oak Bank.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2017. More information and the application form for the program can be found here.