The 10 veterinarians selected as the 2017-18 AVMA Future Leaders class were announced during a press conference July 22 at AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis.
Funded by Zoetis Animal Health and guided by High Impact Facilitation, the Future Leaders program is a one-year curriculum that hones the strengths and leadership skills of veterinarians who have graduated from veterinary school within the past 15 years.
"Each class develops leadership skills to advance veterinary medicine, the veterinary workplace, and society as a whole, as well as creating resources for their veterinary colleagues," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA president at the time of convention.
Members of the seventh class of Future Leaders are Drs. Gillian Angliss, of Bethel, Connecticut; Katie Ebers, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Stephanie Janeczo, of Clifton, New Jersey; Amanda Landis, of Phoenix; Tiffany Lyle, of West Lafayette, Indiana; Tak Niino, of Cary, North Carolina; Jananne O'Connell, of Cary, North Carolina; Jonathan Shearer, of Silver Spring, Maryland; Kayla Stomack, of Clinton Township, Michigan; and Alina Vale, of San Diego.
Dr. Christine Jenkins, chief veterinary medical officer at Zoetis, noted that the membership of each class has been diverse, strong, knowledgeable, and deeply committed to their patients, clients, and colleagues. "Each of these new leaders will use their skills to benefit the veterinary workplace, society, and organized veterinary medicine," Dr. Jenkins said.
Dr. Katie Rhorig, a member of the outgoing Future Leaders class, presented Dr. Lyle of the incoming class with a commemorative compass. "This represents the guidance and direction this program provided us on our journey in veterinary medicine. We know it will do the same for you," Dr. Rhorig said.
Learn about the Future Leaders program at www.avma.org in the Membership section.