Power of Ten is a CVMA initiative designed to help recent graduates* develop foundational skills in leadership, communication, and business. 

“Being a member of P10 has opened my eyes about the importance of CVMA for legislative issues, wellbeing and building relationships with other veterinarians. I am grateful to be a part of the P10 and will continue to be  a member of CVMA for the remainder of my career.”

– Power of Ten 2016 Class Member Jeret Benson, DVM

How it Works

Ten participants will be selected from the applicant pool to participate in the Power of Ten leadership academy.  Participants will join a network of peers in a series of learning experiences that commence in October, 2016 and culminate in September, 2017. Power of Ten is a pathway to help recent graduates answer questions like:

  • 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?”

We anticipate that the Power of Ten class will also create a sense of community and participants will likely 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 resources.  Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in a listserv, webinars, and other special offerings exclusive to the Power of Ten.

Dr. Jeff Fankhauser and Dr. Joy Fuhrman – two CVMA members recognized for their leadership, communication, and business skills – are the Power of Ten curriculum coaches.  They’ll be assisted by a team of 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 CVMA Convention 2017, where Power of Ten Leadership Academy graduates will be recognized. CVMA will provide food for gatherings, coaches and the curriculum team, and two nights lodging for the initial gathering in Breckenridge; participants are otherwise responsible for their own lodging if needed and for transportation to all learning experiences.

Key Benefits

Through the Power of Ten, participants will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen comprehension of communication styles and skills
  • Acquire critical skills to intensify business acumen
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within one’s life, practice, and community
  • Heighten awareness of one’s self and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you
  • Develop a vision of the leader you can be – and what it takes to become that leader
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions


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Incoming Class Schedule


  • July 24: Welcome Potluck with other Power of Ten cohorts (families invited)
  • September 30–October 2: Skills Lab | Personal Effectiveness, Leadership, and Communications (Required attendance; three days)
  • October 21–22: BIG Ideas Forum | Fall (1.5 day event)


  • January 26: Skills Lab | Financial Health
  • February 16: Skills Lab | The Art of Advocacy: Advancing the Profession’s Public Policy Agenda
  • March 31 – April 1: BIG Ideas Forum | Spring Topic: Community Cats (1.5 day event)
  • April 20: Skills Lab | Media and Crisis Communication Training
  • June 29: Skills Lab | Advanced Communication Approaches to Crucial Conversations, Compassion Fatigue, and Self Care
  • July 23: Potluck with other Power of Ten cohorts (alumni and families invited)
  • August 24: Skills Lab | Reality Roundtable: A No-holds-barred Dialogue
  • September 21-24: CVMA Convention 2017 (3.5 days of events)

NOTE: Attendance at all events is expected and very important for your educational experience throughout the program. Every effort should be made to attend all events, though we understand exceptional circumstances may arise. Attendance is required without exception at the Skills Lab held September 30-October 2.

How to Sign Up
  1. Get your practice owner to commit to supporting your involvement in this initiative since it means you will likely miss several days of work for these important sessions.
  2. Complete the application form and submit it to CVMA. Application opens March 1, 2017 and closes May 1, 2018. Notifications will be made in June.**

* This program is intended for veterinarians who graduated within the last seven years; other candidates may be considered based on their level of interest.

**If selected to join a Power of Ten class, participation requires a Premium or Core membership in CVMA.

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