What is the BCP?

Become a veterinary medicine business professional


The BCP is a program designed by the National VBMA to provide business education as a supplement to your veterinary school curriculum. This well rounded program is ideal for ALL veterinary students and essential for those interested in owning a veterinary practice after graduation.  


The BCP is founded on the following four pillars:

  • Business Finance

  • Business Operations, Management, & Ownership

  • Business Leadership Skills

  • Career & Personal Development


Each year Penn VBMA hosts 8-10 evening lectures within the four pillars, workshops specific to complete your portfolio, and additional professional events. 

Why Should I Join?

What you gain from the BCP

  • Penn Business Certificate (goes on transcript)

  • National VBMA Honors Certificate

  • Personal Honors Portfolio

  • Free Business Cards

  • Networking Opportunities

  • Preparation for entering the industry and finding a job. 

  • Impress your Future Employers!

What are the Requirements?


  • 12 Penn Certificate credits (each lecture counts as 1 credit)

  • 32 Lecture Hours (8 hours in each category)

  • Honors Portfolio


To complete the lecture series, for example, you must attend a minimum of 12 evening lectures (each 3 hours & includes a catered dinner). Out of the 12 lectures three must be in business finance (category 1), three lectures in business operations/management/ownership (category 2), three lectures in business leadership (category 3), and three lectures in personal growth and development (category 4). You are encouraged to attend more lectures than the minimum requirement.


A unique aspect to the BCP is the opportunity for practicing veterinarians and industry professionals in your area of specialization to review your personal portfolio.