Veterinary Leadership Conference

Leadership in a new era

January 5-7, 2023
Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk

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What is the Veterinary Leadership Conference?

The Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) is the veterinary profession's premier conference for leadership development that weaves together CE sessions, AVMA governance meetings, networking, and fun. Attendees will expand and hone leadership skills while connecting with a diverse network of colleagues from all walks of the veterinary profession.

VLC 2023 takes place in person at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk in Chicago, and select education sessions will be available virtually as well.

What's new in 2023?

  • Compressed schedule—Maximize your time and availability while still earning high-quality CE and attending vital governance meetings.
  • New location!—Join us at the 4-star Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk hotel, located in the heart of the River North neighborhood, for a more private, exclusive experience
  • Networking with a purpose—Make new connections, enjoy refreshments, and write uplifting notes as we prepare dolphin Pillow Pets® for patients at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago. Hosted by CareCredit.
  • Beat the Winter Blues Closing Party—Wrap the conference on Saturday evening with entertainment featuring the Smiley Tillmon Band, dancing, dining, photo ops, and much more.

Keynote address: As we lead, so we leave

Our leadership can have lasting effects on people. As a colleague recently said, "The veterinary piece of this profession might be the easiest part. The animal on the other end of the leash is where we make the biggest difference." Hear from five remarkable veterinary storytellers as they share their experience with the human side of veterinary medicine.

Who should participate in VLC?

The AVMA's Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) is for veterinary professionals at every career stage who are interested in deepening their engagement with AVMA and other veterinary organizations. Whether you're just dipping their toes into leadership or you've been navigating the leadership waters for years, there's something for every veterinary professional:

  • Rising Leaders: Attendees with a desire to get involved with veterinary organizations, and little or no prior leadership experience
  • Experienced Leaders: Attendees with prior experience as volunteer leaders who want deeper engagement and opportunities to develop new skills
  • Presiding Leaders: Attendees who have served as chair or president of a volunteer body, or as CEO or executive director, and want to perfect their leadership skills
A special thank you to our VLC partners for their continued support and commitment to the veterinary profession.
Presenting partner
Premier partner
Signature Partner
Hill's Transforming Lives

In-person conference - $365
Virtual conference - $365

CE Certificate

To claim your CE certificate

  1. Download the 2022 VLC CE Certificate
  2. Add the sessions you attended
  3. Save a copy for your records

Email AVMA_CEatavma [dot] org for any questions.

Here's what people are saying about the VLC...

"I absolutely loved the experience and have made lasting connections!"

"I knew I would enjoy VLC, but it truly exceeded my expectations! Being able to meet so many other wonderful people that are just like myself and making connections that I know will last a lifetime was fantastic. The event was full of energy and fun and I look forward to going again in the future!"

"Really fantastic speakers and extremely motivational."

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