National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy

This website reflects the speakers and program of our July 2021 academy.
Please check back for future academies.


Your research, your opportunity.

Turning discoveries into innovative products and tools benefits patients and moves healthcare forward.

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As veterinary medicine becomes more advanced, it overlaps with human medicine in ways that improve the treatment of animals and people. It also provides new opportunities for veterinarians to commercialize their research.

Designed for faculty, postdocs and students, our National Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy will help you gain the knowledge and networks you need to identify, develop and validate the commercial potential of your research or idea—to successfully move it out of the lab and into the world.

UC Davis has a rich entrepreneurship ecosystem that flourishes across our campus. For the past six years the School of Veterinary Medicine has been a strong partner to the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. We are delighted to now make this wealth of expertise available to a wider audience.

The academy will take place as a Zoom webinar, with interactive lectures, talks by guest entrepreneurs and industry experts, and individual and small-group activities from 8:30 a.m. to noon and select afternoon sessions. I hope you'll join with veterinary innovators from across the U.S. for this rich experience this summer.

—MICHAEL D. LAIRMORE | Dean, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

Prepare to innovate.

Get Started

  • Many pathways to innovation | The power of the network.
  • Making the leap—from lab to market, from research to business.
  • Reducing uncertainty around your idea.
  • Crafting your elevator pitch.

Validate Your Ideas

  • Market, business and technology validation.
  • Putting together a pitch deck as your living, evolving business plan.
  • Making customer calls.
  • Avoiding legal pitfalls.

Maintain Momentum

  • Mapping and building your network to succeed 
  • Building your team, seeking resources, setting milestones.
  • Avoid early legal mistakes.
  • Focus on outcomes: next steps to move forward.





Join the community of veterinarians across the U.S. who are using their research to advance health and healing and combat disease and suffering.





Develop a network of professionals in the veterinary medicine and science fields who can help you move forward with your new venture.






Meet one-on-one in a speed-dating format with industry experts, who help you focus your approach and hone your pitch.





Interactive workshops, rich panel discussions, office hours and more provide a solid foundation to help you commercialize your research.

Learn from the Leaders.

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Sharon Stevenson

Okapi Venture Capital

Plenary Speaker

Damon Tull

UC Davis Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Technology Validation

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Jeff Barnes

ImmutriX Therapeutics Inc.

Business Perspectives Panel

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Jennifer Ogeer

 Antech Diagnostics

Market Validation

Be inspired.

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“I highly recommend the entrepreneurship academy to anyone who is thinking of taking their intellectual property into the marketplace.”


Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service, UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital | UC Davis Innovator of the Year


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor:

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Thank you to our Silver Sponsor:

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