Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program
Continuing Education for Dairy Practitioners in the 21st Century
DPM Version VII includes instruction for a wide variety of cutting-edge dairy practice innovations, hands-on farm problem solving, and the latest in dairy production analysis. Penn State Veterinary Extension faculty are partnering with nationally-recognized faculty, researchers, and practitioners to deliver challenging, up-to-date, practical modules. The DPM program offers fourteen 3-day "modules" which will be conducted over two-and-a-half years, starting October 22, 2015.
DPM VII Has a New Structure
This Program will be similar to the traditional DPM programs we have offered in updated versions since 1992, but will have some new options with topic flexibility. The 10 select CORE modules will be geared toward critical farm enterprises controlling profitability where the dairy practitioner can actively engage in new services.
In addition, we are offering ELECTIVE modules that focus on animal wellbeing, disease control and therapeutics, advanced topics in reproduction and nutrition, milking system evaluation, and management of livestock other than dairy cattle. Elective modules allow the individual to focus more on a specific enterprise area of the farm, or diversify into new areas.
DPM Certificate Program
Practitioners are encouraged to enroll in at least 10 modules (7 core + 3 specialization modules) in order to obtain a certificate. A discounted rate is available for individuals selecting this option, and they will have enrollment preference. A veterinary practice may also enroll in 10 or more modules at the discounted rate, so that different members of the practice can attend different modules.
Practitioners who do not want to commit to at least 10 modules may choose as many individual core or elective modules as they desire, space permitting.
Alumni of previous DPM Courses at Penn State are invited to participate in any core or elective modules at a reduced cost.
Continuing education credits will be given for each module and will range between 15-20 hours per module.
Registration is now open.
To request a brochure with registration materials, please contact:
Ms. Louise Byler
Penn State University
Animal Diagnostic Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Each DPM program offered since 1992 has had many similarities, but they all have taken on their own characteristics and differences. DPM VII is the first to offer the ability to semi-customize your modules to match your areas of interest or greatest client opportunity. In each program we have had a wide variety of participants and this edition will bring together a very diverse class of dairy practitioners. It is our goal to create a program that is: intellectually stimulating, financially rewarding, useful in expanding the practice tool box, and helpful in providing excellent proactive production medicine to clients.
Proposed schedule for the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program VII.
Practitioners are encouraged to enroll in at least 10 modules in order to obtain a certificate. Certificate program participants will have enrollment preference. Individuals who do not want to commit to at least 10 modules may choose as many individual modules as they desire, space permitting. DPM Alumni will receive the discounted rate.
The Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program was established as an answer to two surveys of food animal veterinarians that were conducted 1988 and 1989.
Graduates of the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program.
For more information regarding the Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program, please contact: