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Why you should be involved with the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association Power of 10


Are you ready to be a leader in your profession?

ALVMA’s Power of 10 Leadership Program is for you!

The Power of 10 Leadership (POTL) Program is designed to cultivate leadership capacity in recent graduates and provide learning experiences that will enrich the individual and benefit the individual’s practice, community, and profession. It’s a way to help recent graduates answer questions like:

“I finished veterinary school and I’m in practice – but how can I get a better grasp on what is going in my professional community?”
“Now that I have a technical staff, how can I form, manage and lead an effective team?”
“Who am I in the bigger picture, and what can I give to my family, my community, and my profession that will be my legacy?”

The Power of 10 Leadership Program will provide ten recent graduates (graduated from a college of veterinary medicine with a DVM degree in the years 2009-2019) with four leadership development sessions over a twelve-month period. ALVMA will provide topic experts and meeting expenses at no charge for participants to attend sessions that not only convey the key learning points about leadership, but also deepen the understanding of class members on a number of related topics. Sessions will include four face-to-face sessions at fun and interesting places throughout Alabama! There may also be some additional webinar and teleconference topics that will be incorporated to enrich the experience.

One participant will be selected to win a trip to AVMA's headquarters in Chicago and attend the Veterinary Leadership Experience Conference, including three nights hotel, airfare and meals. Receive up to 24 hours of CE credit, develop business and personal skills while traveling to interesting locations.

Each participant receives a complimentary registration to the annual Emerald Coast Veterinary Conference (ECVC) held each year in Destin, FL.


Veterinarians who have graduated in 2009 or later are eligible to apply for this exciting program. 

The program topics will cover a wide range of subjects to include:
1) Personality assessments – understanding yourself and others to develop effective strategies to deal with different or difficult people/ colleagues
2) Self Knowledge
3) Self Management
4) Interpersonal effectiveness
5) Communication skills
6) Managing conflict
7) Building trust
8) Wellness
9) Professional Issues
10) Financial matters

Our kickoff meeting will be held during the 29th Annual Conference for Food Animal Veterinarians in March, 2020. At this kickoff meeting, participants will take personality assessments with Dr. Heidi Hulon, sponsored by Elanco.  In addition to this meeting, participants should expect at least a quarterly face-to-face meeting with their peers, and monthly contact from our leadership development team.

There is a maximum of 10 in the 2020 leadership program, so apply early if interested! Once we reach 10 participants, we will create a waiting list for members who are unable to attend this year’s program, and they will have priority in the 2021 leadership class.

What do I need to do to sign up?

Fill out the Power of 10 Leadership Program Application Form and wait to hear from the selection committee.

The program will commence in early 2020, and conclude in late 2020.


Click here to APPLY Now!


ALVMA thanks Elanco Animal Health for their partnership on this important initiative!


Read the POTL testimonials from program participants

The POTL opportunity definitely filled a void that I had been looking to fill over the past few years. I have always had an interest in organized veterinary medicine stemming from my involvement in numerous organizations during high school and college. My first few years of my veterinary career were spent becoming comfortable with applying all the skills I had learned in veterinary school. The POTL experience provided me an opportunity to learn other important skills for a veterinarian such as communication, personality types, financial skills, and time management. This experience has also reignited my interest in organized veterinary medicine and has led me to pursue involvement with the ALVMA and the Membership Committee. I would highly recommend this opportunity for all recent graduates.”

Jennifer S. Stresemann, DVM
Northeast Indiana Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2006

“The Power of 10 has given me an opportunity to develop leadership skills I would not have gained otherwise. Personal growth and finances are hot topics amongst the veterinary world and this program touches on them nicely. I strongly recommend all new(ish) grads apply for the POTL program!”

Christina Wolfe, DVM
Mobile, Alabama
St. George University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2012

“The Power of 10 leadership program was extremely beneficial. The content included topics that are not often spoken about in day to day practice (goal setting, compassion fatigue, personal finances, communication) but are essential to making us, as young veterinarians, successful and able to thrive in this profession. The program also allowed networking with fellow veterinarians. Overall, it was an excellent program and I would recommend it to any recent graduate.”

Jen Fife, DVM
Bush Veterinary Services
Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2010

“The Power of Ten Leadership program was a valuable and worthwhile series of meetings that provided tools and tactics that could be implemented straight away in both my professional and personal lives. I took away an abundance of resources related to time management, financial management, and legal issues of concern to our profession. I identified a number of ways to better myself, and learned strategies for becoming a more effective communicator and leader.”

Maria Cooper, DVM
Indiana State Board of Animal Health
Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2011

"The future leaders program was a fantastic way to meet and network with other veterinary professionals in Indiana. It helped me learn how to more effectively communicate as well as work with other people that may have different personality styles than me."

Leslie Sadeghi-Brooks, DVM
Care Animal Hospital
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2012


ALVMA thanks Elanco Animal Health for their partnership on this important initiative!


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