The changing face of business is impacting the way Iowa’s veterinarians are trained. Iowa State University is responding to that change by offering business courses to update current veterinarians. Professor Nolan Hartwig says the courses teach vets how to run their practice like a business.Hartwig says successful veterinarians used to deal with their neighborhood farmers, now they’re dealing with larger companies and need to adapt. He says they need to learn how to set up business plans that let them deal with the future.He says they’ve been moving toward teaching veterinary students to have more business sense. He says the ISU curriculum has more business-related courses than any other school in the country.Hartwig says the business courses can help a veterinarian in many ways. He says learning to delegate business responsibilities to staff makes a veterinarian more efficient in practicing medicine.The university is holding a couple of sessions for current veterinarians today and tomorrow, and then again later in June.
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