Leadership conference connects more veterinarians than ever

Published on February 14, 2019

Thank you to the 650-plus attendees who joined us from all parts of the veterinary community to make this year’s Veterinary Leadership Conference a success. Current and aspiring leaders came together to recharge, reconnect, and evolve their leadership journeys during a three-day conference that provided a unique blend of CE, networking events, and AVMA governance meetings.

The annual Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) is the veterinary profession's premier conference for leadership development, and attendees told us this year’s event – the biggest held to date – exceeded expectations.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference,” said Dr. Logan France, one of 15 veterinarians who attended with the support of scholarships funded by VLC presenting partner Zoetis and Hill’s Pet Nutrition, along with the AVMA. “From start to finish, the conference was filled with practical advice on climbing the leadership ladder, and tips, tricks, and stories from successful individuals.”

One of VLC’s unique features is that it brings together aspiring veterinary leaders with established peers, including members of the AVMA Board of Directors and House of Delegates. “Meeting delegates on the front line fighting for our continued success within our veterinary profession was very refreshing,” said another of the scholarship recipients, Dr. Joe Jesse Owens III.

If you missed out on this year’s conference, you can catch a glimpse of some of the excitement in the video below and read more in the March 1 issue of JAVMA, which includes stories about some of the conference CE sessions as well as the House of Delegates meeting.

Save the date for 2020

Meanwhile, we’ve already begun planning for the 2020 conference. Save the dates January 9-12, and plan to join us in Chicago. The Veterinary Leadership Conference features customized learning tracks for veterinarians at every career stage – from rising leaders with little or no leadership experience, to presiding leaders who already serve as presidents, chairs or CEOs of veterinary groups. Whatever your level of experience, it’s the perfect place to build your leadership skills and network. Keep an eye on the VLC web page for program updates and information about next year’s scholarships.

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