Zoetis farm leadership courses offered nationwide

Zoetis farm leadership courses offered nationwide

Classes focus on helping farm and veterinary managers strengthen their teams, improve profitability

For managers in agriculture and veterinary medicine who want to overcome organizational challenges and grow their business, Zoetis is providing training that transforms how businesses operate.

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PeopleFirst training is available to producers and veterinarians throughout the country to develop leadership skills. In addition to offering customized, on-site services, Zoetis is hosting two PeopleFirst courses – around 40 opportunities – at a variety of locations and dates across the country this year.

Classes focus on helping farm and veterinary managers strengthen their teams, improve profitability (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

• PeopleFirst Leadership Certificate Program: This four-session course, available in English or Spanish, provides 55 hours of foundational leadership training. It is designed to build confidence and skills in areas such as communication, team building, problem-solving and delegating. This program also provides 47 hours of nonclinical continuing education credit to veterinarians and technicians.

• PeopleFirst Focused Leadership Principles: This advanced course, also available in English or Spanish, is for those who have participated in a foundational leadership program, have on-the-job management experience or have completed the PeopleFirst Leadership Certificate Program. Over two sessions, professional instructors help participants learn and practice critical leadership skills including conflict resolution, leading with influence, performance coaching and effective meeting facilitation. This course also provides 25 hours of nonclinical CE credit to veterinarians and technicians.

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"The PeopleFirst program is different than just a leadership class," said Debra Van Cleve, one of the program's professional leadership coaches. "The curriculum is highly interactive. Since the sessions are spread out over time, this allows participants time to practice and apply knowledge and skills from the curriculum. We work with you in between sessions. We understand your livelihood and are passionate about the work you do."

More than 1,000 owners, managers, supervisors and veterinarians have participated in a PeopleFirst leadership class since the program's inception.

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Participants in the Leadership Certificate Program have reported decreased turnover, reduced employee conflict, fewer unexcused/unannounced absences, and improved performance and productivity.

Find a list of upcoming PeopleFirst Leadership Certificate Program and PeopleFirst Focused Leadership Principle courses online.

Source: Zoetis

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