2020–2021 AAVMC Leadership Academy

AAVMC launched the Leadership Academy in 2012 to provide leadership development for emerging leaders in academia and to provide a forum for building lasting ties between faculty members at veterinary schools and departments around the world. While there are many types of leadership development training available, the AAVMC Leadership Academy is unique in that it is focused on helping develop tomorrow’s leaders of academic veterinary medicine. The participants quickly bond with one another and will find that they have colleagues and friends they can communicate with as they progress through their careers.

Participants of the 2019-2020 Leadership Academy during Advocacy Day in Washington, DC
Program Overview
Effective leadership results from a clear understanding of who we are as individuals and how this shapes the ways we show up in leadership roles combined with knowledge and skills to interact with and thoughtfully influence people and processes within organizational environments.  In short, it’s about knowing who we are, what needs to be done and how best to do it.
The AAVMC Leadership Academy will address the components of effective leadership by following three recurring threads that include communication skills, emotional intelligence and living leadership (applied leadership skills).  Expert speakers from across the USA and Canada will deliver this high impact program. 
Program Outline
  • September 2020 – February 2021: monthly one-day virtual sessions providing a minimum of 60 hours of direct contact with independent and smaller working group sessions scheduled as needed.
  • September 11, 2020
  • October 9, 2020
  • November 6, 2020
  • December 4, 2020
  • January 8, 2021
  • February 5, 2021
  • March 1-3, 2021, Washington, DC: In-person capstone session

Leadership Academy Topics

  • Who am I as a Leader?

  • Leaders vs. Managers

  • The Impact of Followers

  • Communicate Styles and Strategies

  • Individual and Group Decision-making Strategies

  • Planning Strategically

  • The Dynamics of Team

  • Crisis Management- the New Reality

  • Stress and Resiliency for Leaders

  • Lessons from the Leadership Trail

  • The Leader Out Front 

Enrollment Information
Enrollment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Academy opens June 2, 2020 and closes August 3, 2020. Nominations for the Leadership academy are accepted through the Office of the Dean. For information about the enrollment process, please email Leslie Wilson at lwilson@aavmc.org. For general information on the Leadership Academy contact the Leadership Committee staff liaison, Dr. Caroline Cantner ccantner@aavmc.org.
Members wishing to enroll more than one participant may submit additional names to be wait listed for additional seats should they become available. Leadership Academy enrollment requires that each participant commit to attend all virtual sessions as well as the in-person session in March. Split attendance, where different individuals attend different sessions, is not permitted. In order to maintain the small group and networking experience that is the hallmark of the AAVMC Leadership Academy we will continue to offer a limited number of slots for the 2020-21 Academy.
Attendance Costs
Thanks to the generous support of Elanco, AAVMC is able to offer enrollment in the Academy with no registration fee. The only costs to the institution are the time of the participants and the travel and lodging support for the participants to attend the March 2021 session.
Testimonials from Previous Participants
"If every unit leader was exposed to this educational experience, I think it would completely change the culture of academia for the better."
"The Academy has been excellent throughout. The sessions provided were directly relevant to issues we are working through now."
"I have strongly recommended it to my dean for others in my institution."
"It was great to be able to get to know your teammates over time. I feel like I was able to make connections with the other attendees and that helped make the whole experience better. I got a lot out of all the sessions."
"I heard this quote several times: 'We all have the same problems and issues at our schools.' It was common to discuss a project/directive someone was working on that someone else had just dealt with."
“The experience on Capitol Hill has made me a believer in advocating for the profession and encouraging my colleagues to do the same.”