January 15, 2013


 Leadership program will see another year

​Posted Dec. 31, 2012
Dr. Rebecca Stinson (GA ’02) speaks during a news conference announcing her selection as one of 10 members of the 2012-2013 Future Leaders Program. Dr. Stinson practices at the Carolina Equine Hospital in Gibonsville, N.C. (Photo by R. Scott Nolen)
After reviewing information about the first two classes of the AVMA Future Leaders Program, the AVMA Executive Board agreed to continue the initiative for another year. The program will continue to be sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health and by High Impact Facilitation, owned by professional facilitator Ken Andrews.
The Association established the yearlong program to develop future leaders for the AVMA and other veterinary associations. Working with Andrews, participants develop leadership and problem-solving skills relevant to organized veterinary medicine.
The 2011-2012 future leaders have completed their program, which culminated in several individuals now participating in organized veterinary medicine, including the AVMA and state VMAs, according to the recommendation background from the Office of the Executive Vice President.
In addition, the 2011-2012 class developed online leadership materials, executed a half-day leadership track at the AVMA Annual Convention, and is piloting the Compass Mentoring Program, a new mentorship model designed to help recent graduates find their direction within the profession. It was developed in collaboration with the AVMA and the Alabama, Connecticut, and Indiana VMAs.
The kick-off event for the Compass Program occurred Oct. 24, 2012, in Wallingford, Conn. The event featured round-table discussions on issues such as work-life balance, student loan debt, and career paths. Experienced veterinarians were there to meet with recent graduates and offer to serve as mentors to interested attendees. Other states may implement the program at their discretion.
Meanwhile, the 2012-2013 future leaders are engaged in personal leadership development through one-on-one mentoring by leaders within the profession and development of personal leadership goals and action plans in the workplace, society, and organized veterinary medicine. Their team project is to pilot a novel cultural competency skill set for practicing veterinarians to use. Like the first class, the current future leaders are developing a session for the AVMA Annual Convention.
Those interested in applying to the 2013-2014 Future Leaders Program may visit www.avma.org/Members/FutureLeaders. The application deadline is Feb. 18. This
upcoming class of 10 will be announced in the spring.