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. The application deadline is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. 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 October 2021 and culminate in September 2022. 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.

Dr. Kristi Wubben, 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 2022, 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; 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

/7 Over 20 CE Credits awarded in Practice Management

“The Power of Ten program has allowed me to take a frank and in-depth look at my personal management style. This has helped me in my daily life as I now am able to recognize other’s styles and have a deeper respect for how they work.”

Christina Meyer, DVM /  Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Center, Burlington

“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




 Application Due
Tuesday, August 31, 2021

 Skills Lab I
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 / All Day


 Skills Lab II
Thursday, January 27, 2022 / All Day / Olympia

 Skills Lab III
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 / All Day

Skills Lab IV
Wednesday June 15, 2022 / All Day

Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference
Saturday, October 1, 2022 / All Day + Evening Reception / Tacoma

How do I sign up?

Step 1

To derive the most benefit from the program, your attendance is expected at all Power of Ten meetings. Get your practice owner’s commitment to support your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss a few days of work for these important sessions. See dates listed above.

Step 2

Complete the application form and submit it by Tuesday, August 31, 2021. You will be advised of selection outcomes in late September.

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Step 3

Send your completed application to Sherri Dean at [email protected] or fax to (425) 396-3192.