AVMA scholarships now available for 2016 Veterinary Leadership Conference

Published on October 21, 2015
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AVMA Veterinary Leadership ConferenceThe AVMA, in partnership with Zoetis, is offering 10, $1,000 scholarships for AVMA members interested in developing their leadership potential at the 2016 Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) in Chicago Jan. 7-10. To qualify for the scholarships, applicants must fall into at least one of the following categories:
  • Recent Graduate/Emerging Leader: An individual who graduated from veterinary school within the past 15 years.
  • Underrepresented in Veterinary Leadership: Veterinarians from a demographic, geographic or socioeconomic group or practice type that is underrepresented in U.S. veterinary leadership.

The deadline for application is Nov. 18, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by Dec. 1, 2015. You can download the scholarship application here.

Not only is the VLC the perfect place to explore and cultivate your leadership skills, it provides participants a chance to learn more about how the AVMA protects, promotes and advances its members and the veterinary profession. Attendees will also find abundant opportunities to network with AVMA leaders, including members of the House of Delegates and Board of Directors, as well as state veterinary medical association executive directors and presidents.

After participating in the 2016 VLC, each scholarship recipient will provide a summary narrative of what they learned and how they can apply this knowledge in their career. Just listen to what some of our previous recipients had to say:

“The 2015 VLC was different than any other professional conference or continuing education experience I’ve attended. … I am sure to reap benefits from this single weekend for years to come as I navigate my own leadership course within my own practice life and profession.” - Dr. Stephenie Hoke

“My experience at the Veterinary Leadership Conference was truly eye opening. It was not only refreshing but inspiring to see the blood, sweat and tears the leaders of our profession put into ensuring veterinarians’ … needs are met.” - Dr. Raphael A. Malbrue 

“The VLC was a great opportunity to spend time with colleagues from across the country who are committed to ensuring that a career in veterinary medicine remains feasible and rewarding.” - Dr. Rachel Cumberbatch

“I talked to multiple colleagues at the VLC who not only understood where a veterinarian fits in the local food infrastructure, but who see the great value in having a veterinarian add her expertise to the conversations.” - Dr. Michele Pfannenstiel 

“I strongly believe that this experience and other opportunities that I will pursue through the AVMA will contribute to my ability to grow and improve as a veterinarian, a teacher, a mentor and as a co-worker.” - Dr. Liara Gonzalez 

“As a result of attending the VLC, I will return to my community with a challenge to myself and my colleagues to strongly consider getting more actively involved in our profession and in our communities at large.  As veterinarians, we are valued professionals and naturally serve as role models to those around us.” - Dr. Kristen Obbink

“I met a vibrant group of engaged veterinarians eager to be better leaders, cultivate relationships and support veterinary students, interns and residents through our rigorous education process.” - Dr. Jennifer Lane 

“I know the VLC was instrumental in giving me perspective and showing me the value of being engaged and active in organizations within our great profession. I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate.” - Dr. Jayme Hennenfent 

“As an equine vet, I’ve always been much more in tune with AAEP/FAEP, so the Veterinary Leadership Conference was a good change to reacquaint myself with the new, improved AVMA. Many times throughout the week I was either pleasantly reminded or made newly aware of the resources and opportunities offered by the organization and within organized veterinary medicine.” - Dr. Alexander Chan 

“In my role at the Hawaiian Humane Society, I interact with the public, private veterinarians, veterinary students, government officials, animal welfare advocates, the media and local business leaders on a regular basis.  The Emerging Leader sessions gave me tools I can use to be more effective at communicating with all of these different types of people.” - Dr. Aleisha Swartz


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