CVMA | Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Program

Emerging Leaders Program
Low staff morale, burnout, financial challenges, workplace drama and a host of related challenges can easily make our veterinary careers less joyful.
The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association created the Emerging Leaders Program to help bring joy back into the workplace by teaching graduates and experienced professionals alike how to cope with a variety of challenges encountered in veterinary practice. It gives an opportunity for individuals to explore their approach to personal and professional accomplishment and their working relationship with colleagues.

Highly Interactive!

The Program, sponsored by Virox Animal Health, is a highly interactive eight-hour workshop spread across two half-days. In addition to the eight-hour ELP session, participants are also invited to attend some of CVMA’s signature events including the CVMA Summit and the CVMA AGM and Awards Luncheon.


Dr. Rick DeBowes shows that practice can be fun if you let it be! As Professor of Surgery and Director of the Professional Life Skills Program at the Washington State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. DeBowes has practiced in both private small animal practice and academic equine practice settings. He is a frequent speaker and presenter of leadership programs and co-developed the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience and a series of other interactive, experiential leadership education experiences for health care team members. These unique programs have been presented to students, faculty, practitioners and health care team members in numerous countries across four continents.

How to Participate

  1. A full sponsorship opportunity is offered to CVMA members who graduated within the last 10 years to apply for full sponsorship to participate in the program. The sponsorship opportunities take place between November 2018 to March 2019. Your provincial veterinary medical association will send more information about the application process within that time period.  
  2. The program is open to all interested members of the CVMA, the Registered Veterinary Technologists and Technicians of Canada (RVTTC) and veterinary leaders/managers for a low registration fee through the CVMA annual Convention registration. Online registration is open

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