Information for New Doctors

Your first few years as a veterinarian are exciting but also challenging.  MVMA is here to help you to grow and succeed, both personally and professionally. Let us assist you with your employment issues, financial planning, debt management, and work/life balance as you transition into practice. We’ll even help you with communication strategies you can use with clients and coworkers.

Kayla Stomack“As a recent graduate, being an MVMA member gives me immediate opportunities to learn from and network with my colleagues and share my knowledge.  I am also part of the MVMA Power of Ten Leadership Academy, a free program to help recent graduates learn how to become more influential leaders and better communicators.  MVMA has even connected me with state and national VMA leaders across the country!” 
Kayla Stomack, DVM

“I was active with MVMA as a student and the connection has continued as a recent grad.  Thanks to support from the MVMA, I’m working at a progressive and innovative practice and am looking forward to making a difference in the association.” 
Jayme Cicchhelli, DVM

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MVMA’s FREE Power of Ten Leadership Academy

Are you looking for a way to discover your full potential now that you're a practicing veterinarian?

Join the MVMA Power of Ten Leadership Academy!Designed to cultivate leadership skills and provide important real-world learning experiences, the Power of Ten Leadership Academy will provide ten recent graduates (graduated from a college of veterinary medicine within the last 10 years) with 4 leadership development sessions over a year-long period.

MVMA will provide topic experts and food 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. Likely topics/sessions will include:

  • Team building, staff leadership and relationship building with outside groups
  • Media Training - effective communications and public speaking
  • Personality assessments – understanding yourself and others to develop effective strategies to deal with different or difficult people/colleagues
  • Understanding generational differences
  • Best practices in human resources and practice management
  • Legislation affecting veterinary medicine
  • Work/life balance and personal wellness

We anticipate that classes will also create a sense of community and participants will likely build lasting bonds with members of their academy class.

What do I need to do to sign up?

Get your practice owner to commit to supporting your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss four days of work for these important sessions over a one-year period. Fill out the Power of Ten Leadership Academy Application Form and wait to hear from us!

MVMA thanks Elanco Animal Health and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine for their partnership on this important initiative!


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Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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