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CVMA’s Emerging Leaders Program: A Veterinary Student Perspective

June 1, 2017

Last summer I was lucky to be one of 34 participants in the CVMA’s Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) at the CVMA’s annual Convention in beautiful Niagara Falls, Ontario. I would like to start by thanking Virox Animal Health for sponsoring this workshop. It is a wonderful addition to the CVMA Convention, and your generous sponsorship is invaluable.

Over the course of this eight-hour, two-day workshop, Dr. Rick DeBowes, professor of Surgery and director of the Professional Life Skills Program at Washington State University — College of Veterinary Medicine, highlighted some veterinary practice challenges and guided participants on how to overcome these challenges by applying leadership and teamwork concepts. Dr. DeBowes has also practiced in private small animal medicine and academic equine practice settings. He is a frequent speaker at various leadership programs, and was a co-founder of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) and a series of other interactive leadership education experiences for health care teams.

The CVMA ELP gives participants tools to effectively cope with veterinary practice challenges as part of a professional medical team, and to help find a good work/life balance.

Through presentations, videos and interactive activities, Dr. DeBowes takes the focus off the profession’s medical aspect, and shifts it to workplace communication. My favorite part of this experience was the interactive group activities, as they highlighted the importance of effective communication strategies when approaching problems. The lessons learned in this workshop would benefit any veterinarian, whether a recent graduate or an experienced practitioner.

This year the 2017 CVMA ELP will be held July 13–14 at the CVMA Convention, in beautiful Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Any CVMA or Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) member is welcome to register for this fantastic workshop. CVMA members who graduated within the past 10 years are encouraged to apply for full event sponsorship to attend. Sponsored participants receive travel to and from Charlottetown, 2 nights’ accommodation at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel, an 8-hour workshop with Dr. Rick DeBowes and a complimentary 2017 CVMA Convention registration (value $645). Up to 2 sponsored participants will be selected per province.

For more information, testimonials from past participants, or to register, please visit the Emerging Leaders Program page.

(by Traci Henderson, SCVMA representative, WCVM)