CVMA | Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Program

When: July 10, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Delta Québec City

Who: CVMA DVM Members

The CVMA’s Emerging Leader’s Program (ELP) curriculum was designed to support veterinary colleagues (Years 1 - 10 post-graduate) in finding their way forward as professionals and establishing themselves on a track to become fulfilled colleagues who are successful in both their personal and professional lives.  The program is offered as a combination of lecture and small group interactive exercises and is intended to engage the participants in a way that allows them to see, feel and control, their individual mindsets and belief systems that either propel them forward or hold them back. More than teaching leadership simply for the sake of teaching leadership, the ELP incorporates a number of examples from every day private practice that illustrate how in being the best versions of ourselves as professionals, we can make better, more effective clinical care recommendations, practice more medicine and gain enhanced compliance by our clients for the benefit of their pets and livestock. A doctor’s ability to solve problems, manage difficult situations and make compelling recommendations for feeding a therapeutic diet, administering a particular vaccine or dispensing a particular flea and tick preventative are advanced by what they learn from the ELP. 

Three Key learning Objectives for The Emerging Leader’s Program:

  1. Our Mindsets and and Our Paradigms control what we are capable of doing as individuals;
  2. Emotional Intelligence is Key to Developing Clinical Relationships built on Trust;
  3. The WHY of Our Healthcare Team Drives the Quality of the Clinical Outcomes We Can Achieve. 


Mr. Sanford teaches Practice Management at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine and consults with veterinarians in Georgia and across the country. He teaches specialized business education programs for veterinarians and has developed industry assessment tools including the Practice Mapping Growth Tool, Practice Performance Health Check, Strategic Marketing Assessment for Veterinary Practices, Activity Based Costing Analysis for Understanding Fees Structures and the Practice Valuation Assessment. Mr. Sanford piloted practice management rotations in 2007 at the UGA CVM and has expanded the program to University of Florida, Auburn, North Carolina State, Michigan State, UC Davis and Washington State.


Members who graduated within the last 10 years (2009 or later) can apply for full sponsorship to participate in the ELP (Up to two sponsored participants per province will be selected). Sponsored participants will receive the following: 

  • Travel to and from Quebec City, Quebec 
  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Delta Quebec City Hotel 
  • Eight-hour workshop with Mr. Jeff Sanford 
  • Complimentary registration for the 2020 CVMA Convention (value $745

If you would like to apply for sponsorship, please complete the form and send it to Sarah Cunningham by March 25, 2020.

Listen to the testimonial of Dr. Stephanie Surveyer, small animal veterinarian and co-owner of five veterinary practices:  


Program participants are invited to join the
CVMA Emerging Leaders Facebook group.