Applications due Nov. 16 for Veterinary Leadership Conference scholarships

AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference January 12-14, 2017Are you a veterinarian who graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years or is part of a demographic, geographic, or socioeconomic group or practice type that is under-represented in U.S. veterinary leadership? If so, you may qualify for a scholarship to attend the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) this January.

Applications are due on November 16 for the VLC scholarship program, which is made possible through a partnership between the AVMA and Zoetis. The program offers 10 stipends in the amount of $1,000 each for AVMA members interested in developing their leadership potential at the VLC.

To qualify for the scholarships, applicants must be AVMA members who fall into at least one of these categories:

  • Emerging Leader – Individual who graduated from veterinary school within the past 15 years.
  • Under-represented in Veterinary Leadership – Veterinarians from a demographic, geographic, or socioeconomic group or practice type that is under-represented in U.S. veterinary leadership

Scholarship recipients will be selected and notified by December 1, 2016. Additional details and the scholarship application are available on the Veterinary Leadership Conference web pages, along with more information about the conference itself. The 2017 conference will be held January 12-14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Why attend VLC?

The VLC is a three-day conference offering both workshops and networking opportunities designed specifically to help veterinarians and other veterinary professionals cultivate leadership and team-building skills, and get to know a diverse group of colleagues. Leadership sessions and networking events provide a foundation for attendees to contribute to and shape the veterinary profession, and to develop skills that can be used in other professional and personal pursuits.

Attendees can receive continuing education credit for attending selected sessions.

Past attendees of the conference sing its praises. “The breadth of knowledge and expertise brought to the conference through current and emerging leaders made the weekend one that I will never forget,” according to Dr. Mark Petersmann, one of the 2016 scholarship recipients. “The conference has left me energized with a renewed sense of passion for our beloved profession.”

Another 2016 scholarship recipient, Dr. Kathleen Ebers, echoed that. “I have always been in leadership roles, but these sessions really had me step back and analyze myself,” she said. “We participated in exercises to assess our compassion fatigue, our drive for success, and our leadership goals. The focus was on who we are as a veterinarian, not on what we do. As someone who is trying to get more involved in veterinary medicine, I appreciated the connections, the advice, and more importantly the friendships I made while at VLC.

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