Personal and Professional Development Program

About the Program

The Power of Ten Program offers a small group of early‐career veterinarians the opportunity to complete a personal and professional development program comprised of in‐person educational opportunities and activities over a 9‐month period. The PVMA will provide topic experts, meals, and meeting expenses at no charge to the participant. Current membership in the PVMA is required for participation. Modules will be held primarily at the PVMA office in SW Portland, with the exception of attendance at the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago! There will be in-person modules (5‐6 hours each), along with a two-night kick‐off retreat, and several less formal social gatherings with other PVMA members.

Key Program Benefits

Through the Power of Ten, you will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills, personal and professional goal setting, and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen understanding of communication styles and skills
  • Heighten awareness of yourself and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within your life, practice, and community
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions

Insights Discovery Communication Training Sponsored by:

How To Apply for Power of Ten

Application period now CLOSED for the 2023-24 program

Step 1

Review Program Packet

Step 2

Check your calendar – attendance plays a key role in your success within the program. Receive support from your practice owner/director/manager to participate in the program and attend each Power of Ten module- some of the dates will require time away from work

Step 3

Complete and submit the application

Application period for the 2023-24 program  NOW CLOSED!

2023-24 Program Schedule

  • September 15-17th:  Kick-off retreat (held in Welches, OR)
  • October 12th, 9-3pm: Module
  • November 9th, 9-3pm: Module
  • December 5th, 6:30-9pm: Social Outing w/ PVMA Board of Directors
  • January 4-6th: AVMA VLC (the PVMA provides support for 1-2 program participants to attend)
  • January 11th, 9-3pm: Module
  • February 8th, 9-3pm: Module
  • March 14th, 9-3pm: Module
  • April 11th, 9-3pm: Module
  • May 9th, 9-3pm: Module

Past Program Mentors:

Dr. Heid Hulon, Elanco Insights Communication Facilitator
Dr. Elizabeth Strand, University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work Program
Mackenzie Martin- Catalyst Advisory Group
Joseph Carlisle, Buckley Law
Dr. Emilio DeBess, Oregon Health Authority
Ruby Joy White and YWCA of Greater Portland
Elaine Walters- Trauma Healing Project
Danielle LaSusa- Philosophical Life Coach
Dr. Betsy Charles, Veterinary Leadership Institute
Dr. Beth Davidow, The Veterinary Idealist

…and so many more!

“After graduating it can feel a bit like being thrown to the wolves, and just knowing that the PVMA community cares and wants to provide these resources means a lot. Thank you!”

Dr. Marissa Rothenbaum
UC Davis CVM, 2011

“The PVMA Power of 10 Program is a platform for our voices and can allow us to make change on a very local level. The program provides much needed community, exposes its participants to innovative ideas and allows for skill development, reflection and insight. At the very least it supports the lives and careers of young veterinarians and at its most it could be a vehicle for a revolution in the Portland veterinary community!”

Dr. Ariel Grubb
Washington State University CVM, 2013