Veterinary Leadership Conference

Networking & events

Leadership in a new era
January 5-7, 2023
Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk

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A special thank you to our VLC partners for their continued support and commitment to the veterinary profession.
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Hill's Transforming Lives

Networking and events

We challenge you to make the most of your VLC experience by connecting with as many people as possible. This is a great place to find a mentor, an accountability partner, or a like-minded friend to keep you challenged as you continue your leadership journey.

Everything on this year's schedule is an opportunity for YOU to build your network. Here are just a few of the ways we challenge you to use the VLC:

  • Conference App: Launching this fall. Download the VLC App, create your profile and start building your VLC network. Take a few minutes to scope out who you know and who you want to meet.
  • Mentor Program: Sign up during registration to be a mentor or mentee. This program will connect interested individuals.
  • Interactive Sessions: The VLC CE schedule is designed so you can get the most out of it. All education sessions are set to encourage optimal interactions and collaboration. Don't sit by the same person twice and use every session to meet new people!
  • Governance Meetings: Shape policy and the future of veterinary medicine – ALL leaders at the conference want to hear what you think during the House of Delegates, District Caucus or Reference Committee meetings.
  • Food & Fun: No need for icebreakers when you can make natural connections over a good meal, cup of coffee, or cocktail. Come to all breaks, meals, and events to find your AVMA squad.
  • Exploring: There are a number of restaurants and bars within a couple blocks of the Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk. Visit the Magnificent Mile's "What's Hot" blog for recommendations on where to grab dinner, order cocktails, see the sights, and more.

More can't miss events

Give back to the community

New this year! Help support the patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago while having fun with fellow attendees. More details to come.

Conversation Circles

Find your community within the AVMA. This interactive lunch will feature table discussions on a wide variety of topics.

Beat the Winter Blues Closing Party

New this year! Join us Saturday night at the Beat the Winter Blues Closing Party to sample what Chicago has to offer and end your VLC experience on a high note. Featuring some of Chicago's most famous cuisine and a live blues band, you won't want to miss this last opportunity to network with your fellow attendees before you leave the Windy City.