VLE 2018 Packing List

Hello VLE Participants!

We hope you are all getting excited for the 2018 Veterinary Leadership Experience (#VLE2018)! We’ve been creating some buzz about the upcoming event, posting little samples of what you may expect and some experiences from past participants. We hope you’ve enjoyed them. Now we’d like to share some thoughts on WHAT TO BRING, and hope this will help you prepare for your trip.

The Practical

  • Weather gear: Weather in Post Falls, Idaho can be unpredictable this time of year. Prepare for rain or shine, unexpected pop up showers, and for both cool and warm weather. Consider packing clothes you may wear in layers. We suggest a rain jacket, sweatshirt or fleece, and a hat for the sun.
  • Sturdy footwear: We are outside walking and moving a lot. Feel free to pack your sandals for free time, but for many activities you’ll be required to have sturdy and solid footwear.
  • Comfy clothes: The days are filled with activities both indoors and outdoors. Make sure you pack comfortable clothes. Of course elastic waistbands have the added benefit of providing you comfort room as you enjoy the terrific food.
  • Active wear: Bring your favorite running shoes, swimsuit, and/or workout clothes. There’s always someone taking a morning run, doing Crossfit, Yoga, or swimming (weather permitting).
  • Sundries: Pack some bug spray and sunscreen along with your toiletry products. You may also like a small flashlight for moving through camp after dark.
  • Comforts of home: Student participants should bring a bath towel and sleeping bag (or twin sized bedding).

The Personal

  • Me-time: Bring an item to help you relax, recharge, and reflect after a long day, such as a good book to read, writing journal, or sketch pad.
  • Mindset: Bring an open mind and willingness to learn. Remember, this experience will be what you make of it. Participate, engage, ask, listen, and stretch yourself. You may gain new perspective or a new friend.
  • Share: We’d love for you to share your pictures, videos, and thoughts on Facebook or InstaGram @veterinaryleadershipinstitute using #vle2018. There will also be additional opportunities to join groups and stay connected after the event.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask – if you’ve forgotten something we will do our absolute best to help.

Travel safely, folks! We look forward to seeing you next week at #VLE2018.

Seeing the Light

 

Some time ago I took my children to the Cary Diwali festival. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, and the holiday is celebrated in Hindu cultures around the globe. I am always trying to find ways to introduce my kids to new cultures and experiences, and the Cary Diwali festival seemed like a great opportunity. Before we went to the festival event, we talked in general about its meaning in the Hindu religion, and an Indian neighbor suggested my kids think of it as Indian Christmas. I could not wait to see and taste all that the festival had to offer. Continue Reading

Rise Resilient

As a budding college graduate in the Spring of 2010 I had one goal in mind, to join the US Military and serve my country for 20 years. After being accepted by the Army Officer Candidate program, I flew down to Ft. Benning, GA for three months of basic training followed by six more months of Officer Candidate School to earn commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. My dream was to be an infantry officer and serve on the front lines. After graduating Basic Training, I watched my dream die in one fell swoop. During a 5 mile run my knee locked up, I fell and tore my MCL.

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Remembering an amazing team

Last week I celebrated with members of my veterinary school class for our (GULP) 20 year reunion. In seeing so many of my classmates, I couldn’t help but reminisce about those intense, grueling, growth filled, and happy years….. and the amazing people I spent them with.

Somehow, through effort, personalities, compassion, or maybe even accident, the members of our class came together as a team. We worked together, and played together. We studied hard, and let loose just as enthusiastically. We supported each other, and challenged each other to be our best.

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Home Improvement Using Myers Briggs Preference

One dreary winter in North America during some of the most frigid temperatures the Polar Vortex blew our way, we chose to maintain our constantly running toilet as a (likely misguided) attempt at keeping our pipes from freezing. A constantly running toilet = a faucet on drip?! SURE!?

Once we were defrosted and on the more sunny side of the seasons, and in a fit of active procrastination (I most certainly should be studying for boards), I decided it’s high time to fix our toilet.

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You are Only Confined by the Walls You Build Yourself

I have mixed emotions when I think about attending Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE), hosted by the Veterinary Leadership Institute, again.

As a first-year DVM student at the University of Sydney, I was lucky enough to be selected to attend VLE 2016. I had no idea what to expect from this week-long camp, which helps people “learn the skills necessary to be healthy and resilient so they can become people of positive influence”, but I do know that it was life changing, in the ‘how do I even put that into words’ kind of way. There are some things in life that we don’t know how much we need them until we find them – that’s exactly how I felt about VLE 2016.

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Jump in with a Smile

If you had a few hours to engage with experienced, high-achieving veterinarians reflecting on their career and providing advice, what would you ask? If you were given challenging advice, would you take it?

I was recently afforded this scenario as part of my state veterinary medical association’s Power of 10 Program. This program, designed to develop young veterinary leaders on the state level, provided me with a golden ticket to the Past-President’s luncheon for the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association.

As we mingled with colleagues and mentors from across the state, it became clear that the roughly twenty previous KVMA Presidents we were dining with were going to leave a lasting impression. Continue Reading

Choose Happy

Hi future VLE’ers!

I can fondly remember the year I attended VLE as a veterinary student. It was exactly the right time for a fun and invigorating experience, right before starting my 4th year rotations. I remember being together with fellow students, as well as prominent veterinarians in the profession, and thinking that it was so cool that finally we could all come together and be on the same level. What breaks down barriers is simply just HAVING FUN! This was such a simple, but powerful concept.

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