College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Leadership Experience

Train the Trainer


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 instructional impact.

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 student colleagues.

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 times.

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.

Logistical details
  • 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 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.
Last Edited: Jan 02, 2009 9:59 AM   

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