Leadership development

Leadership development
In this article:
  • Find resources to build your leadership skills.
  • See AVMA’s commitment to leadership development.
  • Learn about the Veterinary Leadership Conference and other leadership CE opportunities.
  • Discover volunteer opportunities with the AVMA.
Leadership development

Leadership skills are critical in veterinary medicine, regardless where you work or what your job title. AVMA programs and resources help veterinarians and veterinary team members develop and hone leadership abilities, to reach individual goals and move our profession forward. The AVMA is committed to promote, protect, and advance veterinary medicine, and to the growth and development of AVMA members, veterinary students and other veterinary professionals.

AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference

The annual Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) is the veterinary profession's premier conference for leadership development. Through a unique mix of CE sessions, AVMA governance meetings, and networking, attendees expand and hone leadership skills while connecting with a diverse network of colleagues from all walks of veterinary medicine.

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Leadership webinars on AVMA Axon

View top-notch CE to hone your leadership skills and learn how to use them to influence individual and collective action. Gain the practical knowledge to advance your personal leadership journey—whether in the workplace, your community, or the broader veterinary profession.

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Volunteer with the AVMA

Volunteering in organized veterinary medicine is a great way to build leadership skills while making an impact on our profession. AVMA members guide and power the association’s work, and there are many opportunities to get involved with AVMA initiatives. As a volunteer, you’ll help shape the direction of the association and the profession, meet new colleagues, and forge valuable and lasting relationships. You’ll give back to the profession by influencing the key issues affecting veterinary medicine today.

Become a volunteer


AVMA Excellence Awards

AVMA awards honor those who have improved the health and welfare of people and animals. AVMA helps members thrive and grow at all career stages, and the AVMA Excellence Awards recognize and reward you when you excel. AVMA awards reward achievement in all disciplines, and help showcase veterinary expertise in the public eye.

Learn more about the AVMA Excellence Awards and submit a nomination

Leadership Toolkit for Veterinarians

Use these tools to develop your personal leadership skills and advance your leadership role at work, in your community, and in organized veterinary medicine.