AVMA Future Leaders Program Description


To provide a one-year program opportunity open to those who have graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years, to bolster their leadership and problem-solving skills related to organized veterinary medicine. This program will help to further prepare individuals who have demonstrated interest in organized veterinary medicine, to be leaders for the AVMA and other veterinary medical associations at all levels.

Participation and Method of Appointment:

  • Up to ten participants will be selected for the Future Leaders Program
  • AVMA membership is a requirement for selection
  • Preference will be given to those nominated by a principal or constituent allied veterinary medical organization of the AVMA
  • Preference will be given to applicants with leadership experience and applicants who have participated in the following leadership roles:
    • AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference attendees,
    • former Student AVMA Officers and Delegates,
    • former SAVMA Chapter Officers,
    • AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience attendees, and/or
    • applicants with leadership experience in state and allied organizations.
  • A selection committee will comprise representation from the Executive Board (appointed by the Executive Board Chair), the House Advisory Committee (appointed by the HAC Chair), and the Executive Vice President or designee.

Program Details:

The year-long professionally facilitated program will comprise team execution of one focused project impacting the veterinary profession, participation in various leadership and project management training as determined by the team and professional facilitator, and (if applicable) identification of a recommended project for the following year’s Future Leaders team.

Participants Agree to the Following Activities:

  • Two in-person meetings in Schaumburg, Illinois
    • One kick-off meeting to facilitate the team's start to their project and leadership development,
    • One meeting to facilitate the team's finalization of the project in preparation for presentation at the 2014 Convention,
  • One in-person meeting at the AVMA VLC in Chicago, Illinois
    • Mid program meeting for leadership development, project work and networking with organized veterinary medicine leaders,
  • Electronic and telephonic communications with the Future Leaders team colleagues (for virtual meetings and work on the team's project as needed),
  • Active participation in and completion of team- and professional facilitator-identified leadership development assignments and activities of the AVMA Future Leaders program (including 360 degree assessments),
  • Attendance at the 2014 AVMA Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado, where final results and conclusions from the project will be presented by the AVMA Future Leaders to the Executive Board at its first Convention on-site meeting as well as at a more public venue at the Convention. Relevant staff will work to implement any action items resulting from the project,
  •  With permission from their respective state VMA, providing individual presentations about their experience as an AVMA Future Leader for their state veterinary medical association (VMA), either orally at a major state VMA event or in writing in a state VMA publication,
  • Allowance of the use of their name and contact information by corporate sponsors, Consideration to participate in future AVMA Council, Committee, and Task Force volunteer opportunities, and
  • If applicable - serving as mentors to the following year’s Future Leaders team.