2011-2012 Inaugural Future Leaders Class

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) officially launched its  Future Leaders Program in July 2011 by announcing the 10 veterinarians chosen to take part in the program during its inaugural year.

The year-long Future Leaders Program, created by the AVMA with support from Pfizer Animal Health, develops volunteer leaders for the AVMA and other organized veterinary groups, helping participants develop leadership and problem-solving skills related to organized veterinary medicine. As part of the program, each group takes on a project that brings them together as a team to develop resources for other veterinarians. The inaugural Future Leaders class chose as its team project the creation of a toolkit to help veterinarians learn about leadership and hone their personal leadership skills.

The following veterinarians made up the AVMA's 2011-2012 Future Leaders Program class:

Dr. Melissa Austin-Gundel
Kansas City, Mo.
Companion animal practice
Dr. Abigail Bowers
Eldridge, Iowa
Mixed animal practice
Dr. Dustin M. Brown
Midwest City, Okla.
Companion animal practice
Dr. Erin Casey
Washington, D.C.
Companion animal practice
Dr. John T. Feutz
Princeton, Ind.
Mixed animal practice
Dr. Christopher Gargamelli
Durham, Conn.
Companion animal emergency practice
Dr. Micah Kohles
Lincoln, Neb.
Dr. Shannon Mesenhowski
Minneapolis, Minn.
Companion animal practice
Dr. Elizabeth Nunamaker
Chicago, Ill.
Laboratory animal medicine
Dr. Libby Todd
Birmingham, Ala.
Companion animal practice