Personal Financial Success for Class of 2025

Helping you achieve success now and throughout your career.

Your Instructor


Lance Roasa, DVM, JD, MS
Lance Roasa, DVM, JD, MS

Dr. Roasa has earned his veterinary and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Nebraska. He has worked for Banfield in Phoenix and has owned and operated a mixed animal practice in the mountains of Colorado. He has co-founded and co-owns a group of practices in Nebraska, operates a law practice and delivers on-line CE via drip.vet. He is the past president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and a national co-advisor to the Veterinary Business Management Association. He serves on the board of directors of the Mark Morris Institute and on the advisory board to Veterinary Team Brief.


Instructor: Lance Roasa, DVM, MS, JD

Teaching Assistant: Steve Kellner

Email address: [email protected], [email protected]

Course Description

Course Goals

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

Financial Wellness

  1. Recognize the correlation between personal financial health and personal wellness.

Budget formation

  1. Use personal budgeting to make spending decisions and forecast expenses based on past habits.
  2. Recognize the benefit of working through budgets with trusted peers.
  3. Analyze personal spending habits and gain tools to form spending habits that will lower debt from personal spending.
  4. What is a budget? Recognize that a budget is a financial decision-making tool
  5. Recognize that financial stability and empowerment of financial knowledge leads to reduced anxiety and stress
  6. Understand the value of credit scores and effect on financial success

Paying for Veterinary School

  1. Understand how to use a college's estimated cost of attendance to develop a budget while attending veterinary school
  2. Compare and contrast the options available for paying for a veterinary medical education which include:

Career Pathways

  1. Assess the choices for possible career pathways
  2. Understand compensation packages from selected career pathways
  3. Understand the steps necessary for career development
    1. Develop a resume and cover letter
    2. Develop proper communication skills with potential employers

Daily Work/Homework

Students will be required to respond to questions that will be asked through emails and teachable sent by the drip.vet team.



Course Curriculum


  Week 1 -- Introduction to Personal Financial Success
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  Week 2 -- Financial Success & Financial Concerns
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  Week 3 -- The Theory of Budgeting
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  Week 4 -- The Details of a Budget
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  Week 6 -- Info to Reduce Your Financial Stress
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  Week 7 -- Money & Veterinary School
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  Week 8 -- Budget Reminder
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  Week 9 -- Employment & Stress Reduction
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  Week 10 -- The Types of Student Loans
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  Week 11 -- Compound Interest & Inflation
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  Week 12 -- Career Paths
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  Week 13 -- Expenses Review
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  Week 14 -- Financial Goals and Motivation
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  Week 15 -- Resource Highlight
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  Week 16 -- Secrets of Financial Planning
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  Week 17 -- Investing Your Time in Career Development
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  Week 18 -- The Resume & The Job
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  Week 19 -- Resume Templates & Building Blocks
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  Week 20 -- The Cover Letter
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  Week 21 -- My First Job
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  Week 22 -- Resource Highlights
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  Week 23 -- Exploring Career Pathways
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  Week 24 -- Well-Being Assessment
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  Week 25 -- Resource Highlights Part 2
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  Week 27 -- What Motivates You?
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  Week 28 -- Managing Your Credit
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  Week 29 -- Stress Reduction
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  Week 30 -- Credit Score & Deficits
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  Week 31 - Veterinarian Compensation Methods
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  Week 32 -- Attitude & Ownership
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