AVMA Leadership Conference
by Dr. Ed Jendrek -
AVMA held its Veterinary Leadership
Conference and House of Delegates January 8-10, 2010 in Chicago.
Five MVMA members attended the event — Dr. Ed Jendrek (AVMA
Delegate), Dr. John Brooks (AVMA District II Representative),
Dr. John Kable (MVMA President-elect), Dr. Thomas Armitage (MVMA
President) and Dr. Jane Brunt.
The mission of the conference was to
develop leaders for the benefit of the individual and the
veterinary profession. The conference lasted for three days and
total attendance was over 600.
The programs included workshops
covering topics about work/life balance, self awareness,
advocacy, social media and animal welfare. Other sessions
included a keynote presentation on the art of communication and
building better customer client relationships.
The closing session discussed
leadership courage: How to lead courageously in a turbulent age.
All these programs contained a
wealth of information which attendees could use at the state
The winter session of the AVMA House of Delegates addressed key
issues and policy changes affecting the veterinary profession.
Five resolutions were considered and debated. Bylaw changes were
All of the attendees considered the
conference worthwhile. There were representatives from all the
state VMAs across the country. Networking continued well into
the evening. The MVMA representatives were very appreciative to
have the chance to participate in the conference.