The Veterinary Business Management Association was founded to improve the success of veterinarians and the veterinary profession. When VBMA was founded, many recent veterinary graduates were entering practice ownership and needing skills to succeed. Veterinary curriculum was not addressing this need, and thus the VBMA was born to fulfill an unmet demand. This remains true today, and VBMA continues to have the opportunity to serve many thousands of veterinary students. Our current membership approaches 50% of all veterinary students graduating in the United States.

It has always been the belief of the VBMA that soon-to-be veterinarians, no matter what sector of veterinary medicine they enter, would be better prepared through development of their personal and professional skills in networking, finance, business operations, personal management, communication, knowledge of student loans, and leadership. Our Business Certificate Program closely mirrors these beliefs and seeks to incentivize their study, while providing those who may wish to attract students with such knowledge the ability to have some assurance as to the competence of a candidate.

VBMA Founding

January 1, 2001

In 2001, first VBMA President Meghan Stalker Wood began a the Veterinary Business Management Association, a University of Pennsylvania club that would go on to become the VBMA as we know it today.

Penn Launches Veterinary Business Association

VBMA First National Meeting

January 10, 2004

VBMA hosts its first National Meeting in Philadelphia with over 40 veterinary student attendees from across the United States. This event would go on to become a fixture of the VBMA calender, an event that trains a new group of officers eager to lead their respective chapters and provides opportunity to thank those who help our association succeed.

VBMA Expands

September 1, 2004

With huge support from advisors and sponsors, a wonderful concept like VBMA quickly expanded from University of Pennsylvania and spread to the original 16 chapter nationwide. These chapters included:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Cornell University
  • Tufts University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Kansas State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of California, Davis
  • Purdue University
  • Western University
  • Mississippi State University
  • University of Florida
  • Washington State University
  • University of Illinois
  • Louisiana State University
  • Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Membership swells to over 1,000 students by the end of the spring 2005 semester.
Growing Number of Veterinary Students Gain Business Edge with VBMA Membership

VBMA’s Certificate Program

June 1, 2005

University of Pennsylvania VBMA begins a certificate program for VBMA members consisting of 50 hours of business education. Similar programs begin at other chapters soon after.

Inaugural VBMA Alumni Conference

November 4, 2018

On November 4-6, 2018 in St. Louis, MO, VBMA hosts its first ever VBMA Alumni Conference. Around 50 VBMA alumni attend this weekend. With 10 hours of CE presented by a variety of speakers and a strategic planning session focused on the future of the organization, this event kicks off a new opportunity for VBMA to grow and build connections.