DVM, MS, MBA
Dr. Larry Firkins is the Associate Dean for Public Engagement and Swine Extension Veterinarian at the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the University in 1995 and serving as the Director of Research Stations for six years, he spent nine years as a partner in a veterinary practice in central Illinois.
Dr. Firkins obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1986 followed by a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology in 1996. He completed his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois in 2001.
During his time at the University of Illinois, Dr. Firkins has focused much of his teaching efforts on the integration of practical business skills into the veterinary curriculum. Dr. Firkins has given over 140 international presentations in 15 countries, over 500 presentations throughout the US, and completed 27 trips presenting business seminars to students, faculty, and practitioners at Colleges of Veterinary Medicine throughout the country.