President’s Column: Leadership in a new era

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President's column - Dr. Lori Teller


The longer I live, the more I believe.
You do have to give, if you wanna receive.
There's a time to listen, a time to talk,
And you might have to crawl even after you walk.
Had sure things blow up in my face,
Seen the long shot win the race.
Been knocked down by the slammin' door,
Picked myself up and came back for more.
Life's a dance, you learn as you go.
Sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow.
Don't worry about what you don't know,
Life's a dance, you learn as you go.
-John Michael Montgomery, “Life’s a Dance”

My favorite AVMA conference will be here before we know it—the Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC), taking place in Chicago from January 5-7, 2023. I have been at every VLC for the past 15 years, and they keep getting better.

Attending this stimulating meeting is a great way to improve your leadership skills, whether you’ve just taken on a leadership role in your practice, your state or specialty organization, or even if you’re the AVMA president.

Our theme this year is “Leadership in a New Era” – because great leaders must be forward-thinking and energized to meet the challenges and opportunities we face as a profession.

The VLC provides a unique blend of CE sessions, AVMA governance meetings, and events where you can network with a diverse group of colleagues. Come meet your current AVMA leaders and some rising stars in the profession (yes, that means you!). See how leaders in other states are tackling issues and taking advantage of opportunities.

I have learned so much from the leaders who came before me, and I continue to learn something new at every VLC, from my interactions with students to conversations with industry CEOs. It’s invigorating to hear stories from people across all walks of veterinary life. Their perspectives give me new insights on how we can address issues that we all face at work, whether we’re in private practice, academia, industry, or government. And it’s nice to enjoy a meal with a colleague who lends an ear and helps me clarify my own thoughts and ideas.

Your veterinary bucket list may not include a trip to Chicago in January, but attending the VLC is worth it! Consider the VLC a dance, and come learn with me as we go! For more information and to register, visit

VLC scholarships available

Scholarships are available to help defray VLC attendance costs for 10 AVMA members.
Applications are due November 22.

Apply now


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