Join the WSVMA for an exciting leadership program! Power of Ten is a WSVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates* develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. Application deadline is Monday, September 12, 2016. Select a button below to complete your application.

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How It Works

Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy. Veterinarians from any practice type or career path are invited to apply. Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in November, 2016 and culminate in September, 2017. Power of Ten is a pathway to help recent graduates answer questions such as:

  • I emerged from veterinary school and I’m in practice — but how can I get a better grasp on what makes me tick?
  • 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?

Participation in the Power of Ten class creates a spirit of community and participants build lasting bonds with other members of the leadership academy class.

In-person learning experiences are scheduled to minimize the impact on working hours — and the entire program is designed to garner support from practice owners who recognize their key responsibility in developing human potential. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a listserv, webinars, and other special offerings exclusive to the Power of Ten.

p10-FowlerDr. Heather Fowler, recognized for her leadership within the veterinary profession, is the curriculum coach. She’ll be assisted by subject matter experts, veterinary mentors, and certified facilitators in helping Power of Ten participants grow through in-depth, high-impact learning experiences.

Participants will receive full tuition scholarships to the program — plus complimentary registration to WSVMA’s Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference 2017 in Tacoma, where Power of Ten Leadership Academy graduates will be recognized.

WSVMA will provide food for gatherings, coaches and the curriculum team, and two nights lodging for the initial gathering in Kirkland; participants are otherwise responsible for their own lodging if needed and for transportation to all learning experiences.

Key Benefits

/1 Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence

/2 Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills

/3 Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen

/4 Gain the competency to utilize these skills within one’s life, practice, and community

/5 Heighten awareness of one’s self and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you

/6 Develop a vision of the leader you can be — and what it takes to become that leader

“The value of collaborative learning is exemplified in the Power of Ten Academy. New skills in communication and leadership are taught and practiced within the group. We learn from each other how these tools help us manage similar challenges that face many of us at this stage of our professional and personal lives.”

Lindsey Hornickel, DVM / Northgate Veterinary Clinic, Seattle

“The WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Academy has given me the courage to set higher goals for myself and the tools to reach them. This multi-dimensional program has expanded my abilities and confidence, both professionally and personally.”

Liz Myers, DVM / Columbia Veterinary Center, Vancouver




 August 31: Application deadline

 Late September: Selection notification

 November 5: Skills Lab | Personal Effectiveness, Communications


 Thursday, January 26: Skills Lab

 Saturday, June 17: Skills Lab

 TBD: Webinars and activities to take place throughout year

 Saturday, September 30: Graduate Celebration | Pacific NW Veterinary Conference 2016 (September 29-October 1) – Tacoma

How do I sign up?

Step 1

Get your practice owner to commit to supporting your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss a few days of work for these important sessions.

Step 2

Complete the application form and submit it by August 31, 2016. You will be advised of selection outcomes in late September.

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