Initial Feedback from AVMA Future Leaders on Current Experience with Program

"The AVMA Future Leaders Program has been one of the most challenging leadership programs I have ever participated in. I am confident that the leader I am tomorrow will be a direct result of the work I am doing within the AVMA Future Leaders Program today. Finally a leadership program that facilitates and forces me to take what I have learned and 'follow-through.'"

"The Future Leaders Program has challenged me to set ambitious goals, accomplish things I have been thinking about for quite some time now, and to generally be more INTENTIONAL with my community involvement, workplace, and professional development."

"Shortly after being announced as a Future Leader, my professional network increased exponentially in size. I expect this trend to continue as I am invited to attend additional events throughout this year, and I am grateful for these opportunities. I am also very excited for the work our Program is conducting, as I think it will have a positive impact on the future of new graduates in our profession."

"I have learned many principles about leadership during the Future Leaders Program that will immediately improve my ability to lead within the CT VMA. I hope to take this knowledge and experience further and become involved in the leadership of the AVMA."

"The FL program has opened my eyes to my potential leadership abilities. The program has helped me identify my areas of strength as well as the areas of opportunity and the tools I need to develop myself personally and professionally. Being a part of the FL team has allowed me to network with other emerging leaders within veterinary medicine. It is these relationships, coupled with our individual growth as leaders, that will help to insure the continued expansion of organized veterinary medicine."

"The Future Leaders Program has been wonderful in terms of feeling recognized for the commitment we have shown to leadership in veterinary medicine thus far as well as feeling like the AVMA and Pfizer are making a big investment in our further developing these skills. Additionally, because we all come from very diverse backgrounds it has been great to learn from each other as well as from ourselves as we work through the reading materials and assessment tools. I hope that the outcomes will speak for themselves as we begin to utilize the skills we are working on this year."

"This experience has helped clearly identify my leadership strengths and weaknesses while providing great mentors to help me start addressing them immediately. The program makes me feel like I am not alone working on these skills but rather that there is an entire team with me to ensure success."

"The Future Leaders Program has already taught me valuable leadership skills, educated me about the activities and functions of the AVMA, and paired me with like-minded individuals that understand the fundamentals of servant leadership, as I do. This program is an investment in my future with the AVMA."

"My experience with the Future Leaders Program has been very positive so far. It has pushed us to not only think on your own, but at a whole new level. The only difficulty at this time is the time management with owning a practice, multiple committee assignments, and personal obligations. Until this experience, I felt like I had nothing to offer the AVMA in a leadership role until I was a lot older or had spent 5-10 years serving the local VMA. I extremely enjoy the AVMA structure and look forward to new endeavors with the AVMA."

"This has been a truly great experience! The opportunity to improve my leadership skills with such a great group of leaders is truly unique. The end result of this program will be very beneficial to the AVMA, state VMA's, and the veterinary profession. I am excited about every chance to work with this group of leaders"