The organizers of the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience
(AVMA-VLE) are pleased to announce a special leadership training
experience immediately following the 2008 AVMA-VLE program…the
VLE Train the Trainers Program.
The AVMA-VLE has been offered for four years and will again be
offered on June 3-8th to a fifth class of registrants. The VLE
has been extremely effective in awaking students and faculty to
the importance of personal leadership, life skills and
communications for professional success. Faculty who have
instituted elements of experiential leadership training in their
respective college orientations have reported generally positive
outcomes, but many have requested either direct VLE Faculty
support or additional information on leadership training for
their use. To meet this need, we have planned to offer a two day
“Train the Trainers” program, immediately following the
completion of the 2008 AVMA-VLE, June 9 and 10.
Our “Train the Trainers” program can accommodate up to 30
faculty members. In order to move a cohort of interested schools
closer to a point of critical mass for leadership education, we
ask that interested deans identify at least three and no more
than five faculty members/administrators to attend the 2008
AVMA-VLE and remain for the “Train the Trainer” program.
Completion of the 2008 AVMA-VLE program will allow these
participants to develop an appreciation for the program’s
potential impact on students. These same individuals would then
remain at Ross Point Conference Center to review the event’s
curriculum, pedagogical approach, evidence base, facilitation
questions, and operational procedures. They would have the
opportunity to review the curriculum in detail and lead their
colleagues, both in the training exercises and in the critical
conversations that must accompany them, in order to have maximum
Space is limited, and there is no easy way to allocate spaces.
Rather than having one faculty member from each school, we are
asking that a few schools commit to training several faculty
members at once to achieve critical mass on their campus. We
believe it is important for schools interested in experiential
leadership education to have a cohort of experienced and trained
faculty/staff who appreciate the potential of leadership
education, who are educated in the concepts and procedures and
who will also work together to share it with their respective
We will plan to accommodate three to five faculty from each of
first ten colleges of veterinary medicine whose deans who
respond by e-mail to
We will stop accepting faculty when a total of 30 have been
committed to seats at the table.
The individual colleges would be responsible for covering the
cost of their faculty member’s travel to Spokane Washington.
Some of the costs associated with having these 30 faculty on
site for the AVMA-VLE and the Train the Trainers program will be
offset by sponsorship. An fee of $ 500.00 per faculty member
will be required to offset the cost of the extended training
program and the supporting infrastructure.
We are excited for this opportunity and appreciative of our
sponsors’ support in helping other programs to gain capacity for
leadership training. We hope to continue this in future years so
that all schools that have interest may be served.
Train the Trainer (TtT) Logistics
We recommend as the representative team three faculty members
who will attend both VLE and TtT and two students who will
attend VLE, then depart. The following is the "official" note
out to the TtT teams which addresses the starting and ending
We are looking forward to the participation of your
CVM's team in the Train the Trainer opportunity to immediately
follow this year's AVMA-VLE on June 3-8. The Train the Trainer
begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 9, and will conclude at 5 p.m.
on Tuesday, June 10.
- All will need to register on the AVMA-VLE website at
- We will arrange for lodging and meals. Participants are
responsible to register on our website at
www.vetmed.wsu.edu/orgVLE/at least by May 1. All
participants should arrive by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3.
Students and non-Train the Trainer faculty should depart as
close to noon on Sunday, June 8 as possible. Train the Trainer
faculty should plan to depart after 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June
10 or on Wednesday morning, June 11. It is critical that
participants in both the AVMA-VLE and the Train the Trainer
enter their airline arrival and departure information on the
website by May 1 to facilitate our planning for lodging and for
round-trip ground transportation.
- If return trip flights following Train the
Trainer to participant destinations are not
available after6:30p.m. on Tuesday, June 10,we
will provide lodging at either Ross Point or the
Red Lion, depending on the ground transportation
needs for departures of those remaining.
- Note that the contents of the VLE shift a
bit from year to year, depending on research and
input. Experience in supporting orientations at
several other schools has taught us that
repeated exposure to the principles is essential
for trainers to gain confidence and to
facilitate effective communication of the
program components. This reality taken with the
fact that the VLE has again been revised is the
fundamental reason that we have asked that
everyone please attend this year's VLE program
prior to the Train the Trainer.
- As we indicated in our invitational email
about the Train the Trainer, we request a
donation of $500 per participant to defray costs
not already supported by sponsor dollars. If you
are remitting your donation in the form of a
check, please make your check out to the WSU
Foundation, noting that it is for "Train the
Trainer." Please send the check to: Washington
State University College of Veterinary Medicine,
P.O. Box 747010, Pullman, WA 99164-7010. If you
prefer to remit a donation by credit card,
please call Tim Osborn (509) 335-9516.